VFX Courses

Learn the skills to create stylized FX for games and animation.

VFX Bootcamps

Intense eight-week courses designed to give you the skills and personalized mentorship you need to become a VFX artist.
These are limited-seat sessions with dedicated mentors, live classes, and weekly assignments.

Beginner Bootcamp

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Course Length: 8 weeks
Mentor: Jason Keyser, Sonia Firsova
Next Start Date: April 16th 2024

This introductory bootcamp provides a thorough guide to the amazing world of VFX. For 8 weeks you will dive deep into FX foundations, drawing, painting, particle systems and more! Then use these new skills in popular real-time game engines.

$1400

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Portfolio Bootcamp

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Course Length: 8 weeks
Mentors: Sjors de Laat, Chris Sayers
Next Start Date: April 14th 2024

This intermediate bootcamp is designed to strengthen your artistic and technical abilities to make stylized VFX. Get personalized feedback and mentorship to help you create impressive VFX for your portfolio, aimed to help you land a job.

$1400

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Recently Added

Looking for the latest VFX Apprentice courses? Here's what was just added to All Access. 

New Courses in VFX-A All Access

Elemental Studies in Unreal

3D VFX: Level One
Learn to create fundamental elemental VFX like fire, water, lightning, and more to get valuable experience in Unreal Engine!
This series is perfect for confident VFX beginners as an intermediate step before tackling really big effects.

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Beginner's Guide to VFX

FREE | 3D VFX: Level Zero
Start your visual effects journey and learn all about the world of game development and stylized real-time VFX. This FREE course will introduce you to the various departments, game styles, tools, and systems used to make effects for games.

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Procedural Textures in Substance Designer

3D VFX: Level One
Create seamless textures procedurally using Adobe Substance 3D Designer. Darin Aranda is here to guide you through the entire process.

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Learn Right Now with VFX-A All Access

All 2D FX, 3D VFX, and intermediate courses are included with VFX Apprentice All Access. Learn stylized and real-time FX from professional artists and animators.

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All Access (Annual)

$132.33/month

12 months billed at once

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  • 200+ Hours of VFX Training
  • New Lessons Monthly
  • Weekly Live Sessions
  • Mentor Feedback
  • Project Files + Assets
  • Lifetime Community Access
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All Access (Monthly)

$189/month

Billed monthly

  • 200+ Hours of VFX Training
  • New Lessons Monthly
  • Weekly Live Sessions 
  • Mentor Feedback
  • Project Files + Assets
  • Community Access 
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VFX-A All Access includes all on-demand instant access FX courses. VFX Bootcamps are not included.
Need financial aid? VFX Apprentice is dedicated to assisting students and those facing financial difficulties. Learn more here.

2D FX Courses

Stylized FX lessons for games and animation. Begin with animation principles and then create your own effects and polished assets. 

Included in All Access

Applied Foundations - FX Animations

2D FX: Level One
Learn how to animate 2DFX like fireballs, lightning, sparkles, and negative blips. Apply the principles of animation to create next-level effects.

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Animating Small 2D FX

2D FX: Level One
Start with the leading motion and finish with a ready-to-brag flipbook by following the FX breakdown of one of the best-known 2D artists, Alex Redfish!

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Animating Medium 2D FX

2D FX: Level One
Dive into these more complex animation studies, with different viscosities, multiple elements, and more complex shapes. Create directional fire, bubble bursts, water flings, and more!

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Intro to Toon Boom Harmony

FREE | 2D FX: Level One
Toon Boom Harmony is used throughout the animation industry. Let's dive into the popular 2DFX animation software with this step-by-step burst effect.

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Intro to Photoshop for VFX

FREE | 2D FX: Level One
Get up to speed on the Photoshop tools, layers, adjustments, and pro tips FX artists use in the free VFX course. 

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Intro to Adobe Animate

FREE | 2D FX: Level One
Learn to create FX flipbooks with Adobe Animate (formerly Adobe Flash) with this free course on making an animated swipe effect.

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Intro to FX Concept Painting

2D FX: Level One
Dive into the world of FX concept painting. Get to know a variety of painting techniques as you learn to create fire, wisps, zaps, and goo. 

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FX Concept Painting Elemental Studies

2D FX: Level One
Create concept art for various elemental effects, including a fiery explosion, goo splat, lighting zap, and more!

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2D FX Playbook

2D FX: Level One
Apply animation basics to the world of visual effects. Learn how to create FX intro and outro animations. Then dive into overlapping actions and looping FX. 

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FX Design Principles

2D FX: Level One
Learn the design principles of FX animation. This course covers the fundamentals of effects animation to help you plan out your designs.

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FX Timing Principles

2D FX: Level One
Timing plays a big role in defining the look and feel of an effect! Learn about seven fundamental principles and how to use them to create world-class FX.

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Elemental Foundations

2D FX: Level One
Learn about the different principles used in 2DFX animation. Level up the visual appeal of your effects with these lessons on fire, liquid, dust, debris, and more!

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Drawing Foundations

2D FX: Level One
Learn the basics of drawing with good old-fashioned pen and paper before you take on digital software. This FX course focuses on linework and perspective.

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2D FX Meme Lab

2D VFX: Level Two
Different budgets and projects can dictate the style and level of detail you can use when creating your effects! Let's make some fun meme-able gifs to show you the difference!

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FX for Characters

2D FX: Level Two
Learn how to create a variety of effects centered around characters. Pick up the crucial aspects behind the process of creating fire, smoke, electricity, and more!

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2D FX Explosion Masterclass

2D FX: Level Two
Create a massive 2D explosion with animator Dan Elder. You will complete each phase of the stunning explosion effect inspired by the many FX Dan has created for television. 

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Ignited - 2D FX Animation

2D VFX: Level Two
Work through a fiery animated short from the concept phase through production with instructor Slava Lightsoul! 

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2D FX Animated Title/Logo Masterclass

2D VFX: Level Two
In this high-octane FX course, you'll see step-by-step how a 2D FX master maximizes the excitement of an effect for a slick title logo.

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VFX Paintover Series

2D VFX: Level Two
VFX supervisors often use paintovers to offer feedback. Learn how to enhance your effect concepts through the feedback process from our resident specialist, Kees.

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Post Process and Mograph

2D FX: Level Two
Get to know Adobe After Effects and learn various post-process techniques to reinvigorate your FX and make them shine!

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3D VFX Courses

Courses focused on real-time FX for games. Lessons feature Unreal Engine and Unity, but focus on skills to prep you for any pipeline. 

Included in All Access

Beginner's Guide to VFX

FREE | 3D VFX: Level Zero
Start your visual effects journey and learn all about the world of game development and stylized real-time VFX. This FREE course will introduce you to the various departments, game styles, tools, and systems used to make effects for games.

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VFX Foundations & Artistic Principles

FREE | 3D VFX: Level One
A high-level introduction to the world of VFX for games. Learn how VFX are used to inform gameplay with their use of shape, color, value, and timing. Each a powerful tool for VFX artists to create stylized FX. 

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Color Theory for Visual Effects

3D FX: Level One
Color is a big part of VFX design! Get acquainted with the different aspects of color in this fundamentals series. Learn how color works and how to create color palettes for your effects. 

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Hand-Painted Textures for Stylized FX

3D VFX: Level One
Hand-painting your textures isn't the only way you can create them! Get acquainted with Adobe 3D Substance Designer and the procedural method. You'll learn how to create tileable textures for your effects.

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Procedural Textures in Substance Designer

3D VFX: Level One
Create seamless textures procedurally using Adobe Substance 3D Designer. Darin Aranda is here to guide you through the entire process.

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League of Effects

FREE | 3D VFX: Level One
Breakdown League of Legends-inspired effects and dive into sandbox project files to see how these effects are made. This free course takes a look at fan art created by Kevin "Sirhaian" Leroy, whose incredible work landed them a job at Riot Games.

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Unreal Engine 5 Niagara Block-in VFX

3D VFX: Level One
This course is designed to help you start making Niagara effects in Unreal Engine 5, regardless of your experience level. Learn how to get started with a collection of block-in VFX like fire, hit impacts, and explosions. 

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Unity Block-in VFX

3D VFX: Level One
This course is designed to help you start making effects in the Unity game engine, regardless of your experience level. Learn how to get started with a collection of block-in VFX like fire, hit impacts, and explosions.

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Intro to Materials for Unreal Engine 5

3D VFX: Level One
Learn how to use and navigate a node-based Shader interface in Unreal Engine. This course covers key concepts and techniques used when creating UE materials for VFX.

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Intro to Shaders in Unity 

3D VFX: Level One
Learn all about node-based Shaders and how to create them inside of the Unity game engine. Get to know one of the most powerful tools for creating FX. 

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Modeling for VFX

3D VFX: Level One
Modeling meshes for VFX allows you to create a variety of different effects. Learn the key concepts of 3D modeling like meshes, UVs, and modifiers, and how to prepare these assets for use in game engines.

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Elemental Studies in Unity

3D VFX: Level One
Bring the elements to life in Unity! Learn how to use a technical approach to VFX as you create fire, water, lightning, and more inside of the Unity game engine.

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Elemental Studies in Unreal

3D VFX: Level One
Learn to create fundamental elemental VFX like fire, water, lightning, and more to get valuable experience in Unreal Engine!
This series is perfect for confident VFX beginners as an intermediate step before tackling really big effects.

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Booms & Blasts

3D VFX: Level Two
The definitive course for real-time stylized FX for Unreal Engine and Unity. Create four of the most frequently used elemental game effects with explosions, wisps, lightning, and splats.

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Intermediate 2D/3D FX Courses

These apprenticeship-level courses combine 2D and 3D fundamentals and show you how to create game-ready assets worthy of your portfolio.

Included in All Access

Magic Shield: Production-Level FX Breakdowns

Apprentice: Level Three
Break down a magical shield made in Unreal Engine 5 using the Niagara particle system. As a bonus, learn how to import your VFX into the Unreal Editor for Fortnite. 

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Attacks: Production-Level FX Breakdowns

Apprentice: Level Three
Let's break down some amazing production-ready attack effects with Rubfish and look at the design of projectiles, slashes, and explosions.

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Game FX for Sidescrollers

Apprentice: Level Three
Dive into the Unreal Engine sidescroller FX pipeline and create in-game spells and healing effects. 

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AOE: Area of Effect VFX

Apprentice: Level Three
Follow along with a VFX Apprentice student as they create a ready-to-ship AOE explosion effect!

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Portfolios and Job Applications

Apprentice: Level Three
A series offering insight into creating portfolios that will impress professional artists and companies, and how to apply for VFX jobs.

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Mentorship

VFX Apprentice mentors are here to guide you no matter your learning style. 

VFX Apprentice Mentors

Get direct feedback on your progress from professional VFX artists, mentors, and fellow students. Chat and learn with fellow apprentices and members. 

Daily Mentor Feedback

All Access member-only feedback channels guide you through 2D and 3D VFX so you're never alone.

Weekly Live Sessions

All Access members are invited to join weekly live sessions every Monday and Wednesday.

VFX Bootcamps 

For dedicated one-on-one feedback in a class environment, register for a VFX Bootcamp. 

Legacy Courses

VFX-A All Access includes all previous course bundles, plus new exclusive lessons.

Standalone legacy content is available only in limited 2D or 3D bundles.

Booms & Blasts Bundle | Tradigital 2D FX

These bundles do not include new All Access exclusives.