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Graduate Certificate in Visual Effects
Graduate Certificate in Visual Effects

Graduate Certificate in Visual Effects

  • ID:SC010099
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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* Health Science Pre-Admission Testing Charge, Identification Card

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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

  • ​Sheridan's Computer Animation program or equivalent as assessed by Sheridan.


  • A postsecondary diploma or degree in art and/or design.


  • Demonstrated competence through relevant educational and/or work experience.

Credentials earned at less than the equivalent of an Ontario College Diploma will not be considered as having met the academic entrance requirements.

A thorough understanding of 3D CG modelling, texturing and lighting (Maya or Houdini preferred) as well as basic animation and compositing skills are essential factors to qualify for this program.

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 88 (21L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 570 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 88 (21L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.9

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6.5 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 6.0

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 60 – Overall Minimum Score (57L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English: First), 176 – Cambridge English Scale or FCE A

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 – Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency), 200 – Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 75%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.5 – Listening Band 4.5 – Reading Combined Band CLB 8 - Writing

Other requirements:

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience


  • Letter of Intent and résumé
  • Portfolio assessment

A portfolio review fee is required with the submission.

Course Information

From design and pre-visualization to the realization of the director's vision, visual effects are essential in today's filmmaking industry.

Art and technology

Visual effects is truly a balance of left and right brain thinking. You must be able to understand and utilize both art and technology to create effective visual effects. Only by exploring the latest software and technology in-depth, will you be able to apply and grow your artistic talent.

Be a part of the film-making process

Whether it's creating massive destruction scenes or expanding the scope of production, nearly every film now requires visual effects for support. By collaborating with students in other filmmaking programs, you'll learn to become part of the film production process and capable of creating and integrating any digital elements required to tell the story.

Now and then

You'll come to Sheridan with artistic ability and experience using 3D software. We'll build on that foundation over a period of 10 months and teach you the tools and techniques to become a successful visual effects artist. We'll help you explore and realize your visions and find your path in the visual effects industry.

Additional information

The Visual Effects program at Sheridan provides the industry's most comprehensive curriculum by leveraging the knowledge and facilities of our world-renowned Computer Animation and Advanced TV and Film programs. Our instructors bring years of industry experience and a passion for creating visual effects.

Graduates have gone on to careers as digital visual effects animators, compositors, motion trackers, rotoscope artists and as lighting and shading specialists.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program the student will demonstrate the artistic and technical abilities required in visual effects by producing a demo reel showing the creation and integration of live action footage and 2D and/or 3D computer generated images.

  • Design visual effects sequences using storyboarding and pre-visualization that meet production requirements.

  • Use filmmaking terminology to communicate effectively throughout all stages of production.

  • Complete the production of live action plates for use in visual effects.

  • Manage the production of visual effects projects to meet production schedules.

  • Identify hardware and software protocols specific to the field of visual effects.

  • Analyze images and physical sets to digitally re-create lights, cameras, locations and objects.

  • Create photo-real images to match live action footage by the application of advanced rendering techniques.

  • Recreate natural phenomena by using appropriate particle or dynamic effects.

  • Integrate 2D and/or 3D computer generated imagery and live action elements using compositing techniques.

  • Create customized tools through software or scripting to allow for more advanced application of visual effects techniques.

  • Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams on the production of visual effects.

  • Adhere to health and safety regulations of the film and TV industry.

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Semester 1

  • MEDA50330 ATVF-VFX, Production Process, 3

  • ANIM 59014, Pre-Production, 2

  • ANIM 56367, Cinematography and Rendering, 5

  • ANIM50261 ATVF-VFX, Compositing (Interdisciplinary), 6

  • ANIM 50004, Dynamics and Effects, 5

  • TOTAL:, 21

Semester 2

  • ANIM 58263, Production and Post Production (Interdisciplinary), 3

  • ANIM 55892, Advanced Cinematography and Rendering, 5

  • ANIM 53551 ATVF-VFX, Advanced Compositing (Interdisciplinary), 6

  • ANIM50065, Advanced Dynamics and Effects, 5

  • TOTAL:, 19

Semester 3

  • ANIM58448, VFX Capstone Project, 8

  • ANIM52758, VFX Industry, 2

  • TOTAL:, 10

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The Sheridan Visual Effects program will help to prepare you to enter the film and television industry. You'll have experienced each step in visual effects production so you may choose to continue on as a generalist or specialize in one of the skills that interests you the most.

Sample Job Titles

  • 3D Animator

  • Compositor

  • Effects Artist

  • Lighter

  • Match Mover

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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