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School of Animation & Visual Effects

Discover a Career in Animation and VFX.

Our Animation & Visual Effects classes teach the skills needed to help you succeed in a number of careers, including Stop Motion Artist, a 3D Character Animator or a Technical Director.

Our graduates work at these respected companies, among others:

  • Weta Digital
  • Dreamworks
  • Industrial Light and Magic
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Pixar
  • Nickelodeon
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"The curriculum here is huge and varied because the market is huge and varied. One of the outstanding things about our program is the Studio X classes. It’s a wonderful experience for students to be part of a working pipeline and see the results on a big screen."

Graduate Director

Tom Bertino

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Executive Director, School of Animation & Visual Effects

Chris Armstrong


Chris Armstrong has worked on many major projects at ILM, including Star Wars Episode I and II, The Mask, and Galaxy Quest. His work experience includes CG Supervisor, Senior CG Animator and Director on various animated concepts.

Animation & Visual Effects Area of Interest

Join one of the most dynamic Animation and VFX programs in the country. If you’re an aspiring storyboard artist, visual effects artist, 2D or 3D Animator, come learn from some of today’s most accomplished professionals in the heart of the animation industry.

“Thanks to programs like Studio X, an animation studio overseen by the Academy, I’ve met some extraordinarily talented people, while working on projects such as Junior Giants: Foodiecats, which is an animated short series commissioned by the San Francisco Giants.”

Our successful students and graduates

Whether you're interested in modeling, stop-motion or producing top-notch VFX, our Animation and VFX courses teach you the skills to create a professional portfolio of work that you can carry into your Animation and Visual Effects career.

Online degrees available!

Learn from industry experts working in Animation and VFX today. Study on your own time and at your own pace