Updated on Nov 18, 2021 05:59 IST
Ritika Srivastava

Ritika SrivastavaAssociate Senior Executive, Editorial

With the release of the super-hit movie, Baahubali, the Indian VFX industry witnessed a massive boost. Around 600 designers/animators from 17 VFX studios worked together to make the movie a reality. The Indian VFX industry is growing at a massive rate and even Hollywood is taking notice of it. The progress is significantly visible with India moving away from being just a visual effects post-production shop for Hollywood films like ‘Life of Pi’, ‘The Golden Compass’ etc, to actually having its own VFX Studios, Zentrix, Lighthouse Animation Studios, Prime Focus and Studio Eeksaurus. Thus, the number of studios in India along with increased collaboration among them has made the VFX industry – one with huge employment opportunities.

To make a career in the VFX industry, aspirants need to have good visual awareness, in-depth knowledge of relevant software, an artistic mind, engineering skills and a basic understanding of Physics and Design. Over the course of your VFX career, you will work with a variety of raw footage to turn it into a work of art. If you want to enter the field of VFX, then know about this field in detail.

Eligibility Criteria for Visual Effects Course

Basic eligibility criteria for Visual Effects courses offered at UG and PG levels are mentioned below:

Undergraduate courses: Aspirants who have cleared their 10+2 or equivalent from boards like CBSE, HSC, IBDP, ISC etc, from any stream (Science, Commerce, Humanities) are eligible to pursue a VFX course.

PG Diploma courses: To secure admission in a PG level diploma courses, candidates should have completed graduation from a recognised college/ institute. Aspirants from any streams are eligible to apply for admission in a PG diploma course if they possess the required skill-set and aptitude.

Note: The eligibility criteria mentioned above might vary depending on the course and college opted by the candidate.

Desired Skills for VFX

To carve a niche for oneself in the Visual Effects industry, aspirants not only need to be creative but possess an eye for detail. Candidates who aspire to join this field need to possess the below-mentioned skill set:

Desired Skillset for VFX

Creative & Imaginative Skills

An Eye for Detail

Good Visual awareness

Ability to Work in Strict Deadlines

Familiarity with Software

Communication Skills

Good Presentation Skills

Passion

Team Player

Original and Innovative

Visual Effects Courses

Candidates can pursue certificate, diploma, and degree courses in VFX at UG and PG level,. Given below are some of the popular design courses that are offered at various colleges and institutes:

Name of Courses Duration
BSc in Animation & VFX Three-years
BSc in Gaming & VFX Three-years
BSc in 3D Animation & Visual Graphics Three-years
PG Diploma in VFX Two-years
Advance Programme in VFX Two-years
Certification in VFX Two-months
Animation & VFX Communication Design Four-years
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Visual Effects VFX Subjects and Syllabus

A VFX course structure can vary from college to college. However, some of the common topics that are taught in a VFX course are mentioned below:

Subjects and Syllabus

Digital design

Basics of photography

Layer-based, node-based & advanced compositing

Clean plate & wire removal

Stereoscopic pipeline

Projection for visual effects

3D design

Advanced particle effects

Cloth FX, pyrotechnics

Concepts of set extension & CG integration

Match moving & camera tracking

Advance Roto Techniques

Advance Paint Techniques

Chroma Keying Techniques

Day to Night Conversion

Creating Visual Effects Element

Time Warping

3D for NUKE

Multi-Plate Compositing

Multi-Pass Compositing

Maya and NUKE Integration

Digital Makeup

Popular Colleges for VFX

Listed below are some of the popular animation colleges in India for Visual Effects course: 

Popular Colleges

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)

Zee Institue of Creative Arts (ZICA), Indore

Times and Trends Academy, Pune

Arena Animation, Mumbai 

Chandigarh University 

FX School, Mumbai 
Artemisia College of Art and Design Parul University
Jamia Millia Islamia [JMI] Garware Institute of Career Education and Development, University of Mumbai
MGR Government Film and Television Institute Jagran Lakecity University

Key Softwares of Visual Effects (VFX)

Some of the software that aspirants need to ace in order to make a mark in this field are listed below:

Adobe Photoshop

Bojou/Syntheye

Adobe After Effects

The Foundry Nuke X

Autodesk Maya

Apple Final Cut Pro

Ruine/XFrog

Apple Soundtrack Pro

Visual Effects VFX Jobs and Career Opportunities

There are a variety of job profiles available for candidates in VFX industry. However, career/ job opportunities for candidates depend on the specialisation they choose. Some of the popular careers available for candidates are mentioned below:

Accessory Designer

Production Designer

Animator

Render Wrangler

Compositor

Rigging Artist

Environment Builder

Roto Artist

Lighting Artist

Texture Artist

Matchmove Artist

VFX Director

Matte Painter

VFX Supervisor

Modelling Artist

VFX Team Lead

Production Assistant

Weapon Designer

Frequently Asked Questions for Visual Effects VFX

Q. What is a VFX course?

A. The Visual Effects or VFX is a professional course for learning the art, techniques, and software for animation or special effects in the movies/ films. 

Q. Which courses can we pursue for VFX? 

A. Students can learn Visual Effects (VFX) through various courses as under: 
  • Diploma in 3D Animation and VFX
  • Diploma in VFX
  • Bachelor in Visual Effects
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Effects
  • Bachelor of Science in Animation and VFX
  • Master of Arts in Animation and VFX
  • Advanced Program in Visual Effects
  • VFX Plus by MAAC
  • VFX in Film Making by Arena Animation
  • BSc in Animation, VFX and Gaming 

Q. Which subjects are taught in VFX?

A. Though the subjects vary from college and the course one is pursuing but some common topics taught in VFX course are - Designing, Lighting, Modelling, Animation, Visual Effects, Life Drawing, Layering, Rendering, 3D Animation and Design etc. 

Q. What software should we learn for career in VFX?

A. Listed below are some software considered best suitable for VFX:
  • Maya Autodesk
  • Autodesk 3DS Mask
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Nuke
  • Pixar RenderMan

Q. What are the best colleges for VFX? 

A. Listed below are some of the best colleges: 
  • Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)
  • Zee Institue of Creative Arts (ZICA), Indore
  • Times and Trends Academy, Pune
  • Arena Animation, Mumbai
  • Chandigarh University
  • FX School, Mumbai 

Q. What are the employment areas after pursuing VFX course?

A. Some of the popular employment areas after pursuing VFX course are: Film Industry, Advertising Industry, Electronic Media, Gaming Sector, Animation Industry, TV industry etc.

Q. Can we pursue short-term certificate courses in VFX?

A. Yes, many institutes offer short term courses in VFX. You can puruse 2-6 months certificate course in VFX and Graphics Design.

Q. What is the minimum eligibility criteria for pursuing VFX course?

A. The minimum eligibility criteria for undergraduate or certificate courses in VFX is Class 12/HSc. Whereas one should be a graduate to pursue PG diploma courses in VFX.

Q. Students of which stream can pursue VFX courses?

A. Candidates from all streams-Humanities, Science and Commerce can pursue VFX courses at Undergraduate PG levels.

Q. Is it beneficial to pursue VFX course after completing BJMC or PG Diploma in Mass Media?

A. BJMC or PG Diploma in Mass Media are popular courses among young students who plan to make a career in Media or Film Making but VFX is a specialization in visual effects. If you are aspiring to be an animator, video editor, web designer etc, you should pursue a VFX course.

Q. What are the job opportunities after pursuing short term VFX course?

Companies in this field often place an emphasis on skills rather than educational degrees. If you have the required technical skills and personality traits, then you can easily get a job opportunity in this field.

Course Curriculum for VFX



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Comments

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Piyush Tripathi

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I want to know about the fee structure at Arena Animation for Certificate in VFX Film Making.

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rekha

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Placements: The college offers good placement opportunities according to the creativity level of the students. If the student is too good, they will try to place the students in good companies.
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pradeep kumar

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a month ago

The following Institutes can meet your requirements.
1. IDC IIT Mumbai
2. UPES Dehradun
3. MIT Institute of Design Pune
4. Maya Institute of Advanced Cinematic (MAAC), Ahmedabad& Mumbai
5. FX School, Mumbai.

I am in B. Des (AMG), final year, after this suggest me some advance and short term courses in 3d animation or VFX, online or offline.

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Divya vani

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a month ago

Some of the short term courses in animation are Diploma in Animation, Certificate Course in VFX, Certificate Course in Digital Compositing. Please visit link: https://www.shiksha.com/animation-chp
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I want to know about the fee structure at Image Creative Education for Certificate in Visual Effects.

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Which university in India has the best programme for Animation and VFX?

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SUMIT

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2 months ago

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Pooja Bhatt

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2 months ago

Hello Dear, If you are comfortable with the northern states I can recommend you one the best university for Animation and VFX, you can undoubtedly go for Chandigarh University. Chandigarh University is the NAAC A+ grade university which will surely let you widen your horizons in Animation and VFX...Hello Dear, If you are comfortable with the northern states I can recommend you one the best university for Animation and VFX, you can undoubtedly go for Chandigarh University. Chandigarh University is the NAAC A+ grade university which will surely let you widen your horizons in Animation and VFX. If you want to create something new and innovative using cutting-edge techniques and equipment you can definitely join Chandigarh University. The fundamental and core principles of animation, VFX, game art design, study of game genres, and more are deliberately covered in the course curriculum at Chandigarh University. It also offers you 'on-the-job' environment within the class. Your well-developed portfolio and show reel will help you get ideal job after completion of the course.

Which university can be chosen for studying advanced Visual Effects in India?

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SUMIT

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2 months ago

Chandigarh university is best university for Higher studies. Chandigarh university is NAAC-A+ university. Chandigarh university offers various courses with best placements. Chandigarh university is ASIA's the fastest growing university. Chandigarh university signed MOU with more than 300 universi...Chandigarh university is best university for Higher studies. Chandigarh university is NAAC-A+ university. Chandigarh university offers various courses with best placements. Chandigarh university is ASIA's the fastest growing university. Chandigarh university signed MOU with more than 300 universities. Chandigarh University, Punjab enjoys high standing among many national rating services that evaluate quality of education, research activity, affordability and athletic excellence. These rankings recognize not only CU as a whole, but also our many respected schools and departments. Chandigarh University, Punjab is proud to be recognised by the organizations and publications listed below for our excellence in education. Chandigarh University has become the youngest Asian University to break into QS Asia Universities rankings and has been ranked #271-280 overall amongst all Universities in the continent under the latest QS Asia Region University Rankings 2022.

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Amit Verma

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2 months ago

Without a doubt, the University of Chandigarh is the most prestigious educational institution in the world for advanced visual effects training. The University Institute of Film & Visual Arts' mission is to provide hands-on learning in real-time projects in animation, visual effects, game...Without a doubt, the University of Chandigarh is the most prestigious educational institution in the world for advanced visual effects training. The University Institute of Film & Visual Arts' mission is to provide hands-on learning in real-time projects in animation, visual effects, games, design, and visual arts at Chandigarh University. The Institute is one of the most creative faculty members at the university to provide hands-on learning in real-time projects in animation, visual effects, games, design, and visual arts. As a result, we can attract the most in-demand professionals and entrepreneurs to meet the global needs of these high-level industries. In partnership with us, you will: explore and broaden the scope of your chosen field, participate in cutting-edge research and development, learn from renowned faculty members from world-class institutions, and gain valuable work experience. Interact with the organisation's leaders. This interdisciplinary field opens up employment opportunities across a wide range of academic disciplines. The University Institute of Film and Visual Arts is a significant player in various industries, including filmmaking, acting, animation, multimedia, video games, and visual effects (VFX). Graduates in this field can find employment in both private and public organizations. I wish you the best of luck.

Which university provides quality education in Animation and VFX in India?

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kiran

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2 months ago

Chandigarh University is a platform where you may undertake any quality course in Animation and VFX, and there are no hard and fast rules for admission; you can simply take the CUCET entrance test of CU, which is valid throughout India. Even if you do well in the CUCET exam, you will be eligible ...Chandigarh University is a platform where you may undertake any quality course in Animation and VFX, and there are no hard and fast rules for admission; you can simply take the CUCET entrance test of CU, which is valid throughout India. Even if you do well in the CUCET exam, you will be eligible for a scholarship. For their students, CU provides the greatest curriculum, exposure, internships, and placement possibilities. This is how I personally feel. Why am I recommending Chandigarh University as it has bee graded NAAC A+, positioned 52nd by NIRF 2021, Best Curriculum, Top Placement Opportunities, Provides Practical Experience to Students with industry exposure. The university is conducting its placement drive for its 2022 batch and over 757 recruiters made 7500+ offers. The highest package is recorded at INR 52.11 LPA offered by Charter Global. Good luck.

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Nidhi Kalia

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2 months ago

Chandigarh University (CU) is a leading Indian Institution offering its students a unique amalgamation of professional and academic excellence. The University has been accredited with the prestigious A+ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Chandigarh University has b...Chandigarh University (CU) is a leading Indian Institution offering its students a unique amalgamation of professional and academic excellence. The University has been accredited with the prestigious A+ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Chandigarh University has become the youngest and the only private university in India to bag an A+ grade in the first cycle of the accreditation process and has also become the only state private university of Punjab to be accredited by NAAC. Underpinned by principles in technology, science, and artistic practice, Animation is a discipline that demands vast knowledge of new tools and industry trends, complemented by creative imagination to match up the latest developments demanded by the animation & multimedia industry. Gaming brings you with an exciting vision to create your own games, whereas VFX is used to produce amazing effects & realistic environments in films that are difficult or impossible to shoot in real life.

How much is the salary offered to VFX artist in UK as a fresher?

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Divya vani

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The base salary for VFX artists in London ranges from 19,387 to 57,929 with an average base salary of 38,512. The basic salary is the employee minimum income you can expect to earn in exchange for your time or services. This is the amount earned before adding benefits, bonuses, or compensation.

I want to know about the fee structure at Zee Institute of Creative Art, Pune for B.Sc. in Visual Effects Film Making.

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I want to know about the fee structure at Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics, Kolhapur for Advance Program in Visual Effects (ADVFX).

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KUSHAGRA VERMA

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It's 2 years course and its fee is around Rs 2.62 lakh.

I want to know about the fee structure at Westford Institute of Film Technology for B.Sc. in Animation and VFX.

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