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3D Animation & Visual Effects School at the New York Film Academy

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3D Animation & Visual Effects School

The role of the animator in the entertainment industry has radically expanded over the past several decades and the animation school at the New York Film Academy reflects these changes. With a focus on immersing students in the fundamentals of 3D animation and visual effects, our award-winning faculty has designed an intensive, hands-on curriculum to prepare the next generation of animators and visual effects artists for an ever-growing and competitive industry, making it one of the best animation schools in the world.

An unparalleled animation institute, the animation school at the New York Film Academy provides students with state-of-the-art facilities and hands-on experience with the industry standard Maya, ZBrush, Mudbox, Motion Builder, and Nuke software and top-notch equipment.

Animation Courses

Students interested in taking an animation program at the New York Film Academy’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School can expect to take many of the below animation courses depending on the workshop or program in which they enroll.

Modeling Rigging Introduction to Shaders
Lighting & Cameras Screenwriting Materials and Textures
Storyboard Character Design Introduction to Animation
3D Computer Modeling UV Mapping Rendering, Editing & Compositing
Animation Lighting Hard Surface Nurbs Modeling
Acting for Animation MEL and Python Particle Dynamics and Visual Effects
ZBrush Mental Ray Professional Development in Animation
Compositing with Nuke Advanced Rigging Storyboard & Animatic

Animation Classes

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

Animation Degrees

Students that wish to obtain an animation degree can complete a one-year program at the Academy’s NYC campus and apply for advanced standing in the BFA animation degree program offered at our Los Angeles campus.

Animation 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.

Animation 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.

Animation 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 animation pipeline. Some of the faculty members at the 3D Animation & Visual Effects School include:
Phoebe Elefante Phoebe Elefante, Chair: Ms. Elefante joined New York Film Academy as a Narrative Design instructor in 2014. She has a Masters in Media & Creative Management from Indiana University, and has been working across media platforms as a Writer, Designer & Producer since 2003.

Robert Appleton Robert Appleton: Mr. Appleton has previously worked as an acclaimed professor of 3D animation and visual effects at a number of institutions including the Ecole Superieure de Realisation Audiovisuelle, Pratt Institute, New York University, and Bloomberg LP London UK.

NYFA animation school faculty member Boaz Livny Boaz Livny: An instructor in Advanced Lighting and Shaders, Livny is a CG/VFX supervisor for various post-production companies in the NYC area, including Elementary and Recom Farmhouse. Furthermore, he runs his own company called Vision Animations that provides production services, consultancy, and in-house training for studios around the world. He is also the author of Mental Ray for Maya, 3ds Max, and XSI: A 3D Artist’s Guide to Rendering.

Gavin Guerra Gavin Guerra: A 23-year veteran in the creation of award-winning visual entertainment, Mr. Guerra’s work has spanned many formats, including film, television, theatre, and interactive. He has worked on such projects as X2: X-Men United, Vertical Limit, Radio City Musical Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, and much more. He currently owns and operates Vram FX studios in Astoria, NY.

Animation Alumni

The 3D Animation & Visual Effects School at the New York Film Academy regularly graduates successful alumni who go on to find employment in such diverse industries as animated films, animated series, visual effects work, video games, and much more.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from the animation school at the New York Film Academy have a number of career paths open to them, many of which are listed in the table below. Furthermore, past graduates have gone on to work for a number of companies and organizations that include the following beneath the below table.

Animator Character Development Art Direction
Storyboard Artist Architectural Modeling Layout Artist
Visual Effects Artist Character Rigger Key Animator
Lighting Technician Video Game Designer Stop Motion Animator
Title Designer Junior Compositor Texture Artist
Color Key Artist Compositing Artist Mathematical Modeler
Render Wrangler Cartoonist Junior Match Mover

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