Visual Effects (VFX) Program

What is the VFX program?

It is a certificate training program in Visual Effects for post-production work in the film industry.

What does the certificate training entail?

Five classes, three credits per class:

  1. Rotoscoping
  2. Paint/Rig Removal
  3. Compositing
  4. Matchmoving
  5. 2D-3D Film Conversion

Each class is five weeks in length, four days per week, 3.5 hours per day.

Classes must be taken in sequence.

When does the next sequence begin and what are the dates/times for each class?

The next cohort begins August 11, 2014 with the following schedule:

VFX115 Rotoscoping

August 11 - September 16, 2014
9am - 12:45pm

VFX230 Paint & Rig Removal

September 29 - November 3, 2014
1:45pm – 5:30pm

VFX220 Compositing

November 10 - December 16, 2014
8:45am - 12:30 pm

VFX110 Matchmoving

September 29 - November 3, 2014
8:45am – 12:30pm

VFX225 Stereoscopic Conversion

November 10 - December 16, 2014
1:45pm – 5:30pm 

Please complete the VFX application and return to our Admissions Department. Admissions can be reached directly at 839-8225.

What are the pre-requisites to apply?

Equivalent of a two year (Associate’s degree) with proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

What is the cost?

$1050 per class, $5250 for the complete certificate.

Is there financial assistance available?

This program is not eligible for financial aid due to the short length of the program. Some students have sought private student loans, which have competitive funding - such as credit unions.

Who is teaching the program?

The instructor for the program is Susan Weeks.

Her bio is as follows:

Susan Weeks earned her B.A. in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Susan began her career in feature films as a graduate student in the Motion Picture/Television program at UCLA where she won the Dorothy Arzner and Lynn Weston awards for feminist filmmaking. After graduating with her M.F.A. in 1991, she began working on major motion pictures as a Visual Effects Artist at Industrial Light + Magic. In 2003, Weeks moved to London, England where she worked as a Compositor at the leading UK companies Framestore CFC, The Moving Picture Company, Double Negative, and the Jim Henson Company.

In 2010, after completing projects in Australia and Canada, Professor Weeks took a break from production to teach Visual Effects at Miami International University of Art and Design. In addition, she has been employed as a Stereo Compositor for Sony Pictures Imageworks on the films G Force, Alice in Wonderland, The Amazing Spiderman and Oz, the Great and Powerful. Her feature film credits include Jurassic Park: the Lost World, the first two Men in Black films, Galaxy Quest, Star Wars Episodes I and II, Pearl Harbor, Master and Commander, Far Side of the World, three Harry Potter films and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

What opportunities are available once I complete the certificate?

Successful completion of this certificate will translate immediately into a job opportunity with Empire Visual Effects. They'll be hiring 150 positions for their Buffalo studio over the next three years.

Please see the following links for more information on Daemen’s involvement with New York State’s incentives for film and television:

How do I apply?

Please complete the VFX application and return to our Admissions Department.  Admissions can be reached directly at 839-8225.

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