VFX certificate and A.A.S. degree students receive hands-on mentorship and learn essential skills from industry experts that prepare them for future careers in the thriving VFX industry.
Amarillo College (AC) has just announced it has opened fall semester enrollment for its newly launched VFX program, part of the college’s latest expansion to provide expert instruction in growing industries that show tremendous career potential for students. The flexible program delivers online instruction taught by industry professionals and mentors who guide students throughout each course.
The program covers everything from how to conceptualize and execute animation, from idea to final render, to an overview of how to plan for VFX in other facets of filmmaking. Students earning an official VFX Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree in VFX from AC gain the experience needed to launch careers such as VFX Digital Artist, CG Supervisor, VFX Supervisor, Director, Producer, and Studio Lead. AC’s VFX program provides students an accelerated curriculum at a lower cost than comparative programs.
“At AC, we are always looking for new opportunities to enable students to pursue their dreams,” said Amarillo College President Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart. “The launch of this unique program allows Amarillo to step boldly into the ever-expanding digital content space, while creating a pipeline for young professionals in the growing VFX and film industry.”
Through a unique partnership with Semkhor Productions, a development and production company, courses will feature an immersive approach to VFX through access to industry experts and the opportunity to work on real-life productions. Students will also graduate with a professional demo reel and the ability to author and deliver work using a custom advanced compositing and 3D digital animation workflow that includes concept design, texturing, modeling, rigging, animation, effects and simulations, plate prep, tracking, lighting, rendering, and compositing.
“Scores of global visual effects, motion design and film studios are looking to hire artists and filmmakers who can exhibit and prove their proficiency in industry best-practices and techniques,” said David Shapiro, owner of Semkhor Productions. “We are taking a hands-on approach to helping students find their place in the entertainment industry at a fraction of the cost of other programs.”
AC encourages all those interested in VFX or expanding their career options to register, whether building on previous film industry experience or pursuing a career change. You can find more information and registration options on the Amarillo College website.
Source: Amarillo College
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.