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Introduction to Effects Animation

This Introductory certificate course welcomes aspiring effects animators to experience the creation process of computer simulated effects using Houdini software for the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Creative ability60%
Technical ability40%

How this program works:

Watch video (3 min)

Built for the industry. Built for your trust.

Program designed in consulations with major studios in
the Animation, VFX and Video Game industries.

Introduction Courses start:
Monday February 17th, 2020

Application Deadline is February 12, 2020.

Live Classes on:
Saturdays, 9am Pacific Time

Introduction to Houdini Effects Animation
Online Program Description

The online Houdini effects course is designed to enable aspiring effects animators to learn the process of creating Technical Effects using Houdini software. This online Houdini FX program was developed for beginners.

Through a series of assignments students will learn how to apply correct workflow methods to their own models.

Students will learn the process of transitioning from photographic and video reference to simulating finished technical effects.

Who Should
Attend this program

Beginners, Aspiring effects animators, people that like to create computer simulations of natural phenomena with a good technical understanding, must enjoy using computer simulation software.

Artists that are intrigued of the behind the scenes work done in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games industries.

Our
Target Student

Beginners, Aspiring effects animators who are deeply passionate about computer simulation.

Artists who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

Not Our
Target Student

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.

We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize their strengths.

Program Outline

Introduction to Houdini Effects Animation

Week 1
Simple Frame Render

  • Learning SOPs
  • Mantra

Week 2
Animated Render

  • Image Sequencing
  • Keyframing

Week 3
Particles

  • Emitters
  • Wire DOP Networks

Week 4
Procedural Generation

  • Algorythms
  • Real time creation

All asssignments have to be succesfully completed to pass the course.
Course codes: INFXTD-100,  INFXTD-200,  INFXTD-300,  INFXTD-400.

Vancouver Animation School reserves the right to review and change without notice the curriculum design to meet the industry requirements.

100% Online
Live Classes

  • Small class sizes
  • 1 live session per week, one hour per session
  • 1 live support classes per week, one hour per session
  • Office Hours support

Assignments
Workload

  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 hours per week

Times
Schedules

  • Class times are listed at the top of this website page
  • Class times are also visible on the application form
  • Flexible times for you to work and study at the same time

All Inclusive Education

Every week, students have access to additional live classes of their preference to supplement their learning and improve their understanding.

Artistic100%
Software100%
Development & Special Needs100%
Lab Time100%
Office Hours100%

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
 Click to call: 1 888-677-8827 or email: info@vanas.ca

Software Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software.
Academic discounts are available to our students.

Maya

Image

Free for VANAS Students%

Adobe Creative Cloud Software

Image

VANAS Students save 60%

Houdini

Image

Free for VANAS Students

System Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware.

Windows System

Windows System

Processor: 3 GHZ or higher
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System

Apple Mac OSX

Processor: Core Duo / Intel
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System

Internet

Broadband, High Speed connection
10 Mbps Download (Recommended)
1 Mbps Upload (Recommended)

Windows System

Webcam & Headset

These are essential tools for Online Programs

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
 Click to call: 1 888-677-8827 or email: info@vanas.ca

Canadian Designation

An official transcript is the VANAS' certified statement of your academic record. The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the Institution seal and signature of the Institution Registrar.

The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia’s brand for quality post- secondary education.

The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education administers associated regulations.

A joint initiative of the provinces and territories, through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC),

Established in 1990 to fulfill Canada’s obligations under the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies.

Introduction to Houdini Visual Effects Animation program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.

“I wanted to move to the next level in my career, for a long time I wanted to learn
character animation because I love movement and the possibility to make a
digital 3d character come to life, make feelings believable!”

Invest in Something Extraordinary: You

Premium Higher Education with all-inclusive industry values.
VANAS welcomes you, works for you and cares for you.

Introductory Online Courses

$499 CAD/month
  • Accredited Introductory courses with
  • an industry focus curriculum and taught
  • by industry teachers who are leaders
  • in their fields. These courses are intended
  • for students to discover new learning
  • areas by bringing awareness and application
  • simultaneously. There are no pre-requisites,
  • anyone from beginner to advanced
  • levels of understanding and knowledge
  • can attend.

1-Year Online Diploma
 

$18,500 CAD
  • A 12 months accredited diploma program
  • that will take you in a semester-based
  • learning journey. VANAS Diploma
  • programs are career focused with
  • a learning methodology that will
  • take you from foundations, to
  • development to understanding;
  • designed with an all-inclusive
  • educational pedagogy.

1-Year Combined Diploma
(Online + Onsite)

$24,500 CAD
  • An accredited 1-year blended diploma
  • program is a common choice for many
  • learners. Time is divided between online
  • and onsite learning. Every Friday from
  • 10am-1pm, students spend 3 hours with
  • in-person sessions and interacting with
  • their peers and Industry professionals.
  • Designed to allow students to take
  • advantage of experiential learning.

Quality of Education Matters

We offer a simple model where the tuition is the same for Canadian and International Students for all our full time diploma programs.

Tuition fees are in Canadian Dollars (CAD), reviewed annually by the Advisory Board and are subject to change without notice.

When paying with Paypal or a Credit Card a non-refundable convenience fee of 3% of the total amount will apply.  If the payment is international,  credit card processors take an additional 1% since it's considered cross-border.

FAME Member Pricing

Discounts off select programs

Your Tuition is Protected

The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act
and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions
registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

Graduation Rate: 99%
Median Salary After Attending: $58,500

Learning is better together.

Tuition discounts to foster collaboration with your friends and family members

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit?

To indicate your commitment to Vancouver Animation School (VANAS), and to reserve your seat in the program, you are required to pay a non-refundable tuition deposit to VANAS.

The amount of your deposit is based on the cost of your program, individual financial plan and your selected payment option.

Before paying your deposit, you must have received your Offer of Admission from VANAS.

Are there any Payment Options?

For Diploma programs, the following payment options are available:

Payment Options  Frequency Amount Due
A Full Payment $18,500
B Per Term $5,438

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Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
 Click to call: 1 888-677-8827 or email: info@vanas.ca

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