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The Visual Effects course

Open for applications to the fall 2016 VFX course.

VFX course is now 16 weeks (extended from 15) - same price!

"I hope you can keep the course running for more years, it is definitely the best course I have ever attended!"

Jeronimo Maggi, Italy/Argentina, VFX 2014
Are you: A 3D artist, a TD, a Maya generalist, an architect, a 2D VFX artist, or do you simply want to learn how to do cool 3D visual effects? Then this is the course for you!

The Visual Effects course is for you if you want to:
  • learn from the best
  • develop your technical and artistic skills
  • be employable as a junior VFX artist
  • broaden your CG skills in general
  • extend your professional network
  • get a real world relation with instructors and other professionals which you will not get through an online course

  • and all in just 16 weeks!

    Course facts 2016

  • Application deadline:Friday June 10th 2016
  • Dates: August 22nd - December 9th
  • Frequency: The VFX course runs every fall semester
  • Location: Viborg, Denmark
  • Teaching language: English
  • Fee: 2.950 EUR (22.000 DKK), not including accommodation or living expenses
  • Scholarships: The Animation Workshop offers accommodation and/or travel scholarships to eligible course applicants. Read more under "economy".

  • Course facts 2017

  • Application deadline:Not published yet
  • Dates: August 21st - December 8th
  • Frequency: The VFX course runs every fall semester
  • Location: Viborg, Denmark
  • Teaching language: English

  • What you get

    • An intensive course developed with the help of industry professionals
    • Instructors who are all active professionals brought in from animation and VFX studios around the world specifically for this 15-week Visual Effects course. Therefore instructors have updated and production-tested knowledge
    • Hands-on teaching and practice every day from morning to afternoon
    • Access to your own personal workstation with industry-standard software 24 hours a day, also during weekends
    • Access to the VFX-specific shooting equipment, for instance the Blackmagic Cinema camera
    • Didactic material and art materials
    • A super useful professional network with the other participants and with the guest teachers – as well as to the rest of The Animation Workshop
    • Access to all extra-curricular activities at The Animation Workshop: a variety of sports, lectures, parties, workshops etc.
    • 15 weeks immersed in a highly creative and social environment
    • Industry contacts through for instance the final presentation event where we invite Ghost VFX, Denmark’s leading VFX studio.
    • TAW staff prebooks a number of rooms at the on-campus dormitory, making sure you have a place to live during the course.
    • TAW staff advice you about travel and the best ways to get to Viborg
    • Advice and resources for further training after the course


    The Animation Workshop has been employing active animation professionals and experts from around the world for 25 years now, and we work exlusively with a guest teacher setup.
    Former and current teachers include (filmographies not exhaustive):

  • Björn Gromoll, DE (Ender’s Game, Sherlock Holmes 2)
  • David Sanchez, USA (Transformers 1, 2 & 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3)
  • Leigh Russell, UK. Star Wars - Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Spectre (2015), Jupiter Ascending (2015), Total Recall (2012)
  • Andrew Lowell, USA (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Thor)
  • Juan Pablo Allgeier, ES (Elysium, Invictus, Twilight)
  • Chris Nichols, AU. Pixels (2015), Lost River (2014), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Red Dawn (2012)
  • Victor Perez, ES (The Dark Knight Rises, The Bourne Legacy Les Misérables)
  • Henry South, UK. (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, RoboCop)
  • Mitchell Stuart, USA (Elysium (2013), White House Down (2013), Immortals (2011))

  • What you will learn

    The VFX course is designed to equip highly creative and driven computer graphics professionals with the knowledge and skills to create photorealistic computer graphics and integrate them seamlessly with live action footage. This will range from set extensions through vehicles to body part replacements and simulations.

    Participants will work within the industry standards for software and camera equipment. All teachers will be recognized visiting industry experts.

    Each week of the training activity will consist of artistic and technical lectures, film and game analysis, numerous and intense assignments, group critiques, evaluations, one on one critiques, tutoring and production simulation.

    At the end of the course, participants will have the opportunity to develop their show reels under the supervision of their guest teacher, and they will then be ready to start to work immediately as VFX generalists for film or animation studios.

    You can find a detailed programme here.

    Software used: Maya, Houdini, Vray, Mari, Photoshop, 3DEqualizer, Nuke.

    Former Participant Projects

    Click on the link to open the gallery of VFX Final Projects.

    Admission and Requirements

    The VFX course is designed for and open to CG, compositing and VFX artists. Applicants should have a solid generalist background in modeling, texturing, lighting/shading and compositing, since all classes will cover advanced topics.

    To apply for the VFX course, please fill out the online application form available through the link on the right side of this page. You will be asked to submit a CV, motivation letter, portfolio/demo reel and track record etc. See the application deadline above.

    Submitting an application to the course is not binding. In the event of a successful application to the course, you will be asked to confirm your seat as soon as possible afterwards.

    The VFX course is supported by the Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme of the EU. As a result, the course is primarily offered to EU-citizens. We are only allowed to take in a small percentage of participants from non-EU countries.

    Participant Testimonials

    “I would like to thank you because I will get a chance to improve my skills and my portfolio working in a great company as Ghost VFX it is. I will be an intern for 4 months and if it wasn't for you and for your school I don't know if it could never happen to me. Animation Workshop experience changed me. Your school can only grow during these years, because the foundations of Animation Workshop are solid and full of quality. It is been the best choice of my life regarding education. :)”
    - Gabriele Lori, VFX course 2013.

    “I hope you can keep the course running for more years, it is definitely the best course I have ever attended!”
    - Jeronimo Maggi, VFX 2014

    “Excellent course guys, keep going!!! Thank you very much”
    - Jaime Mejia, VFX 2014

    “To Tim and Per - Dedicated workers with perfect understanding of the needs of the course! Thank you very much for everything!”
    - Stoimen Dimitrov, VFX 2014

    “The good news from my side is that I just started a traineeship as 3D environment and texture artist at Pixomondo, in Stuttgart! :) And this is thanks to the VFX Course :)”
    - Claudia Marvisi, VFX 2014

    “I am very grateful with Tim and Per for all the help they gave us at any time. I would love to take another course in TAW, so keep on going with the Pro Courses :)”
    - Estefania Thomas Flores, VFX 2015

    “I must say that never in my life I have learned so much in such short time period. Now I really feel I can do anything I want. I have learned very wide range of all different things regarding CG. I have met the most remarkable people and amazing teachers. Everyone is doing as much as they can to keep this school on the right track.”
    - Martin Mrzljak, VFX 2015

    Creative Europe

    For more information, please contact:


    Department Director, Professional Training/Open Workshop
    Born from a French father and an American mother in New York in 1974, Tim graduated with a Master’s ...
    Phone: +4587554952

    More info

    Application form VFX course

    Course application form (required)
    Application form - VFX course 2016

    Scholarship application form (optional)
    Scholarship: VFX course 2016
    (Please note, you must submit a course application FIRST, before you can apply for a scholarship)