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VFX and Digital Cinema (graduate certificate)

VFX and Digital Cinema (graduate certificate)

VFX and Digital Cinema (graduate certificate)

VFX and Digital Cinema (graduate certificate)

VFX and Digital Cinema (graduate certificate)

Visual effects (VFX) compositors and post-production artists are in high demand and there is a huge market for well-trained professionals. In this program you’ll learn how VFX for movies and television are created, by integrating live-action capture and computer-generated imagery. Concept artists imagine the scene, CGI artists design the characters, and VFX artists work the art and science that brings it all to life, creating an experience that at one time could only exist in your imagination. It’s magic.

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Program Description

Designed for students who have relevant education and experience, the VFX and Digital Cinema program will introduce you to the various techniques and technical processes used to create visual effects (VFX) for film and television.  In-course projects will be used to create a finished portfolio including a demo reel.

You will gain professional experience and knowledge in a broad range of industry-related areas while using industry-standard hardware and software including:

  • Computer-generated imagery (CGI) and VFX composting
  • Editing, audio and colour correction
  • Feature film and television production
  • Film festival submissions
  • Storyboards, scripts and production materials

Curriculum is based on developing skills in:

  • Creative design
  • Generation of scenes combining live action and CGI through the application of professional production and compositing techniques
  • Post-production
  • Project management
  • VFX processes 

You will also focus on researching industry trends; the evolution of film and business concepts related to film and television production and distribution; and building relationships with faculty, industry professionals and studios.

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Admission Requirements

  • Two- or three-year college diploma or university degree
  • Personal profile and questionnaire

Additional Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements, admission to this program requires the submission of a personal profile and questionnaire.  Please complete and submit as described in the document.

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Career Options

This comprehensive program of study will enable you to handle any professional challenges including the creation of VFX “magic” for film, TV, gaming and many other digital visual media industries.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$35$35
Total Fees:$9,718$20,195

Please note: fees are based on the 2015-2016 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placements

Durham College’s program co-ordinators regularly attend major studio events and conferences and subsequently inform students of potential field placement opportunities.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: VFXD
  • Program length: One Year
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $8,489
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
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