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3D Animation & Visual Effects School

Whatever your inspiration, 3D animation and visual effects are the not-so-secret ingredient in contemporary storytelling, from Hollywood blockbusters to independent film and beyond, and you want to learn develop creative and technical skills in this field.

Learn to create 3D art, animation, and visual effects for use in film, TV, games, and virtual reality at the New York Film Academy's 3D Animation & Visual Effects School, with 3D animation classes designed to teach you the theory and skills that will help you pursue your own goals.

One of the best animation schools, New York Film Academy has an award-winning faculty of professional animators and visual artists who can share a wealth of creative and practical knowledge for the aspiring animator. They bring yeiars of experience working on groundbreaking films and games to the table in designing NYFA’s intensive, hands-on VFX curriculum.

At NYFA animation school, we set ourselves apart with an emphasis on the practical, technical and artistic skills that can help students bring CG-enhanced stories to life. As a one of the top animation schools, the New York Film Academy provides the facilities and equipment that our students need to learn through hands-on experience using an array of animation and visual effects software which may include Autodesk’s 3D Maya, Mudbox, MotionBuilder, Pixologic’s ZBrush digital sculptor, SideFX’s Houdini FX, Chaos Group’s V-Ray, and Foundry’s Nuke compositing and editing program.

3D Animation & VFX Courses

As one of the best animation schools in the country, New York Film Academy’s 3D animation and VFX department offers a wide variety of 3D animation programs and VFX courses to suit the diverse individual needs of our students, from short-term intensives to our highly specialized bachelor of fine arts degree program. Students can expect to take many of the below animation courses depending on the workshop or program in which they choose to enroll.

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 and
Concepting with ZBrush Advanced Rigging1 Professional Development in Animation
Character Design Compositing with Nuke Lighting & Cameras

3D Animation & VFX Classes

Aspiring animators interested in taking an animation program at NYFA’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School can enroll in animation classes year-round through our rolling admissions policy. To learn more about the start dates and tuition rates for the 3D animation classes, please click here.

3D Animation & VFX Degrees

Students interested in NYFA’s bachelor of fine arts in 3D animation and VFX degree program have the option to complete a one-year program at the Academy’s NYC campus and apply for advanced standing in the BFA program offered at our Los Angeles campus.

3D Animation & VFX Workshops

The animation school at the New York Film Academy offers two short-term workshops designed for students who wish to obtain a working knowledge of the fundamentals of 3D animation and VFX. In addition, the Academy also offers eight-week VR workshops at the NYC campus to introduce students to the world of virtual reality.

3D Animation & VFX Conservatory Programs

Designed to accommodate students looking to make a longer time commitment to their studies, the 3D Animation & Visual Effects School at the New York Film Academy offers the following animation program.

3D Animation & VFX Faculty

In addition to its top-notch curriculum and facilities, the animation school at the New York Film Academy is home to a distinguished and accomplished faculty of professional 3D animators and visual effects artists. Each faculty member possesses a unique skill set that helps to create well-rounded students who are comfortable with the numerous aspects of the 3D animation pipeline.

  • Learn more about 3D Animation & Visual Effects faculty from the New York campus here.
  • Learn more about 3D Animation & Visual Effects faculty from the Los Angeles campus here.

3D Animation & VFX Alumni

The 3D Animation & Visual Effects School at the New York Film Academy celebrates our alumni some of who have gone on to work in animated films, animated series, VFX work, and video games, and companies such as those shown below.

Please note: NYFA does not represent that these are typical or guaranteed career outcomes. The success of our graduates in any chosen professional pathway depends on multiple factors, and the achievements of NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances.

Hands of Stone poster

Walking Dead movie poster

Men In Black III movie poster

Fantastic Beasts poster

Pirates of the Caribbean poster

Suicide Squad movie poster

Rhythm and Hues Studios logo

DreamWorks Animation logo

Blue Sky Animation Studios logo

Rhythm and Hues Studios logo

DreamWorks Animation logo

Blue Sky Animation Studios logo


Disney Toon Studios logo

Gearbox Software logo

Vicious Cycle Software logo Tyler Perry Studios logo Digital Domain logo

Contact Us

To learn more about the 3D Animation & Visual Effects School at the New York Film Academy, prospective students are encouraged to call us at +1 (212) 674-4300 and follow the links below for more information.

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