Hands-On Degrees, Programs, and Workshops at NYFA
At NYFA’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects (VFX) School, students learn to create 3D art, animation, and visual effects for use in film, TV, games, and virtual reality. During their time at NYFA, students study in professional facilities using state-of-the-art equipment and industry-standard software, which may include Autodesk’s 3D Maya, MotionBuilder, Motion Capture, Unreal Game Engine, Pixologic’s ZBrush digital sculptor, SideFX’s Houdini FX, Chaos Group’s V-Ray, and Foundry’s Nuke compositing and editing program.
From short-term intensives to our highly specialized Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program, we set ourselves apart with an emphasis on the practical, technical and artistic skills required to bring CG-enhanced stories to life. During their time in our programs, students learn through a rigorous progression of real-world projects that actively prepare them for the rigors of a professional studio.
Depending on the workshop or program in which students choose to enroll, they can expect to take animation courses in Screenwriting, UV Mapping, Lighting and rendering with V-Ray and Arnold, Storyboard & Animatic, Animation, MEL and Python scripting, Maya Polygonal modeling, Acting for Animation, Particle Dynamics and Visual Effects in Maya, Concepting with ZBrush, Advanced Rigging, Professional Development in Animation, Character Design, Compositing with Nuke, and Lighting & Cameras.
NYFA strives to make education in 3D Animation, VFX, and the visual arts accessible to the most diverse, international, and broadest community of students. Students work under the guidance and instruction of industry professionals who actively work in the film, television, and entertainment industries, collaborating with peers from all over the world as they build confidence in their unique artistic voice and style. Please note that 3D animation and visual effects software may vary based on program duration and current industry practices.