CMAI Courses

VFX Courses

Embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of Visual Effects (VFX) with CMAI’s specialized courses. Our VFX courses unlock the secrets behind spellbinding cinematic magic. Immerse yourself in the art of creating jaw-dropping visual spectacles using cutting-edge technology and industry-standard software. Whether you’re an aspiring VFX artist or a seasoned professional, our courses provide a comprehensive exploration of this dynamic field. Join us to uncover the art and science of crafting breathtaking visuals, and become part of a passionate community of VFX enthusiasts.

We have worked closely with the VFX industry to deliver an Introduction to compositing courses. This is an entry level course that focuses on Rotoscoping, tracking and plate clean up. This is an area that Irish studios have identified as a perfect entry point for new people getting into the industry.

Introduction to Compositing – Rotoscope, Tracking & Clean up

This is an entry-level position, but it is the start of your career in the VFX industry. By the end of the course, you will be capable of taking on tasks and a role at a junior level in a VFX studio. The key area of focus which is in very high demand is the labour-intensive position of Tracking/ Rotoscope & Clean Up artist. We will take graduates or new entrants with little or no experience in VFX and Nuke the principal software in this position and get them ready to take on a role in a studio.

Intermediate upskilling for Compositors

This course aims to upskill composting juniors so they can progress and develop the skills needed to become a Mid compositing artist. They will be shown how to progress and develop their skills so they can fast track their career in a VFX studio.

Introduction to Houdini

Aimed at introduction professional artists in the VFX industry to Houdini software. Giving them a foundation in the basics of the software and how to get started. Understanding the complex technical set up within the software and preparing them to getting the most out of the software.

Intermediate Training in Houdini for Advanced Simulations

Building on previous experience or the Introduction to Houdini course this course is aimed at upskilling artists so they can set up complex systems and simulations for the VFX studio.

Unreal Training for the VFX Pipeline

Aimed at artists looking to utilise Unreal software in VFX environment and how to get started. You will be shown how to get started on your journey into Unreal software. Focused on what it can do for the VFX pipeline.

Virtual Production an Introduction to the Pipeline

Aimed at introducing studios and artists to the world of Virtual production and how it could be utilised in a VFX studio. What software is used, how are volumes and screens set up. How to integrate into the studio pipeline. The technical set up to get the best out of virtual production.

Success Stories

From Students to Professionals

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Bruno Ferreira Silva
Participant from Introduction to Compositing 2022
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"I am thrilled to share my experience with Creative Media Academy Ireland's VFX course, 'Introducing to Compositing with Nuke.' Participating in this course last year has been an absolute game-changer for my career in the VFX and animation industry. Graduating Covid Pandemic and trying to get a head start in the animation industry, I found myself marooned with a degree and with a lack of professional experience combined with a shortage of opportunities for Juniors and trainees. I ended up working in tech for a while until I came across the announcement for the course and decided to sign up for it.

Over the span of 8 weeks, meeting twice a week, I was introduced to the world of compositing using Nuke. The comprehensive curriculum covered a wide range of topics by Donal Nolan his knowledge and extensive curriculum, from the basics to advanced techniques, allowed me to grasp a solid understanding of compositing principles, start the car, understand the navigator and slowly drive forward, painting and rotoscoping, and the workflow necessary to operate the software as well building up a great studio ethic & environment.

One of the standout features of the course was the opportunity for a two-week studio placement. This real-world experience provided me with invaluable insights into the day-to-day operations of a professional VFX studio. It was during this placement that I truly realized the practical significance of what I had learned in the course. The chance to apply my knowledge in a professional setting was an eye-opener and boosted my confidence immensely.

This course played an instrumental role in helping me secure my very first job and credits in the VFX and animation industry. It was a dream come true to see my name credited in an actual production. This accomplishment wouldn't have been possible without the thorough training, guidance, and support I received from Creative Media Academy Ireland.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the entire team behind the course for their dedication and commitment to helping aspiring professionals like me succeed. Their passion for the industry and willingness to share their expertise truly sets this academy apart. I highly recommend Creative Media Academy Ireland to anyone looking to jumpstart their career in the VFX and animation field. This course is not just an education; it's a transformative experience that opens doors to exciting opportunities.

Thank you, Creative Media Academy Ireland!!!"

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Dayna Crossan
Participant from Intro to Compositing 2022
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"I think that the course has been a great way to get my foot in the door in VFX. It provided me the opportunity to learn the necessary skills required to work as a junior comp and roto artist, and to create connections which allowed me to secure work in the studio I was trained with as part of the programme. These are opportunities which I otherwise would not have had!"

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