Founded in 2004 by passionate professionals from the film industry, ARTFX trains young talents in the fields of cinema, 2D and 3D animation, special effects (VFX), video games and programming.
The school is recognized for its high quality training, in total adequacy with the needs of the studios, and for its extensive professional network. ARTFX is at the heart of innovation by combining high technology and traditional know-how.
CG Workshops and CG Master Academy are proud to bring more creatives the opportunity to enhance their skills. For over a decade, CG Workshops and CGMA have remained the premiere destinations for online digital arts education, teaching students at all skills levels in VFX, Animation, and Games.
At Escape Studios, we offer undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics.
We work with an impressive list of industry partners to design and deliver our courses, from MPC, DNEG, Framestore and The Mill, through to Jellyfish Pictures, Milk and BlueBolt, to name just a few!
Following the industry that we serve, we use SideFX Houdini across many of our courses- both degree based and short courses. Do you have raw talent and big aspirations? If you're willing to put in the time, passion and hard work necessary, we can promise you a highly vocational, industry-focused training experience, giving you the skills you need to graduate job-ready.
For over twenty years, Gnomon has educated many of the world's best digital artists. Called "the MIT of visual effects" by Fast Company magazine, Gnomon offers a variety of educational options to help students reach their goals in the entertainment industry, with both degree and vocational certificate programs, specialized courses for high school students and over 100 individual courses for professional enrichment.
Lost Boys differs from traditional educational institutions in it’s hands-on, project based curriculum within a studio environment. Small class sizes nurture strong learning relationships between students and mentors. Each student has access to a full time workspace and high-end workstation.
This combination of production-style training and specialized, industry focused programs has made Lost Boys graduates the most highly sought out source of new talent within the Visual Effects Industry. They are known for advanced skill sets and keen problem solving instincts.
NAD school was founded in 1991 and is one the oldest 3D animation and VFX school in Quebec having trained over 2000 students who now work all around the world. Deeply involved in the Montreal VFX and Game community, students attend many activities like continuous pro-level formations, Visual Effect Society and SIGGRAPH chapter activities and their own professional conference week, ELITE. NAD also host MHUG (Montreal Houdini User group) and have weekly conferences and reviews from key talent from local companies.
The first six weeks of the second year are split into two exercises in which students need to use Houdini alongside Maya. The students create a fantasy train which has some animation constrains but also some dynamics, like steam or smoke. The second exercise is called Dynamics and together they have to create a dynamic system that passes on a movement. Each student creates a small part of it. For example, it starts with a candle burning a rope, which then unleashes a hammer which hits a wall, which in its turn crumbles on a button etc. It's a combination of Houdini and Maya.