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

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3D Animation & Visual Effects School LA

You have the vision. Let New York Film Academy 3D Animation & Visual Effects (VFX) School provide you with the tools and training you need to bring your animated imagination to life.

The Academy’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School in Los Angeles s an animation institute like no other. Whether you’re interested in mind-bending visual effects or 2D and 3D animation, the Academy’s animation college will teach you professional skills as you create your own original projects and explore a full range of animation topics, including methods, aesthetics, and software. Our commitment to hands-on learning in an intensive, focused environment is designed to shape aspiring animators for an increasingly competitive field.

Now more than ever, 3D animation and visual effects are the essential secret sauce in storytelling — not just in the film industry, but far and wide, in such diverse fields as game design and architecture. Applications for animation and effects are endless, and the possibilities for skilled animators and VFX artists are limitless. NYFA animation students who are interested in following a path at the Academy’s animation school will receive the most hands-on, intensive education in the world. With a program led by active industry professionals who have extensive experience and can offer their students up-to-date, relevant insights into the realities of an ever-evolving discipline.

For students serious about mastering the professional skills, software, equipment, and process of the 3D animation and VFX industry, New York Film Academy offers the expert faculty, intensive curriculum, and project-based learning to help make dreams a reality.

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3D Animation & VFX Courses LA

As one of the top 3D Animation & Visual Effects Schools in the world, the Academy offers a wide range of animation training, from immersive short-term workshops to an intensive bachelor of fine arts degree program. When enrolling in the 3D Animation & Visual Effects School at the Academy, students can expect to take an animation course in some, if not all, of the following topics:

3D Essentials Modeling I Drawing & Anatomy
Figure in Motion Cinematography Drawing Lab
Animation I Color Theory Ecorche
Traditional Sculpture Lighting & Rendering Texturing & Look Development
Character Setup Scripting in Python & Mel Character Design & Creation
Matte Painting Digital Environments Fundamentals of Dynamics
Compositing Screenwriting Special Topics in Animation
Imaginatomy Storyboarding Professional Development in Animation
Matchmoving Storyboard & Animatic Movement & Improvisational Acting
History of Animation Stop Motion Animation

3D Animation & VFX Classes LA

Students planning on taking an animation class at the Academy’s animation school can do so year round. The start dates and tuition costs for each animation class can be viewed here.

3D Animation & VFX Degrees LA

For students looking to earn a BFA animation degree at the Academy’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School in Los Angeles should enroll in the following degree program offered exclusively at our LA campus.

3D Animation & VFX Workshops LA

Students who wish to commit to a full-time short-term animation workshop and learn the fundamentals of 3D animation will be interested in the following workshop offered at the Academy’s animation school.

3D Animation & VFX Programs LA

For those students looking to immerse themselves in the Academy’s 3D animation programs at our Los Angeles animation school, the following program is recommended.

3D Animation & VFX Faculty LA

The Academy’s 3D animation & visual effects faculty at our Los Angeles campus is a dynamic group of award-winning professionals who are continuously active in the fields of animation and visual effects, and are also passionate about providing invaluable insight and mentorship to their students. Meet some of our distinguished faculty members.
Craig Caton-Largent Craig Caton-Largent, Chair LA: Craig Caton-Largent has been creating VFX for the motion picture industry for over 37 years and has contributed to over 100 films. He has created animatronic puppets and worked as a puppeteer on movies such as “Jurassic Park,” “Terminator 2,” “Tremors,” “Batman Returns,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Return of the Living Dead.” Craig has maintained and puppeteered E.T., The Extraterrestrial, for commercials and public appearances since 1992. Craig has also worked as a technical director/visual effects artist on many films, including “Apollo 13,” “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Tangled,” “Total Recall” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” He is one of the eight co-founders of Digital Domain.

Frederic Durand Frederic Durand: Mr. Durand has worked on both animated and feature films, in addition over 20 years of commercial work. He has served at such companies as Disney Animation, Sony Imageworks, DreamWorks, Jim Henson’s Workshop, MPC, the Mill, and Digital Domain.

His prior film work includes “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” “SharkTales,” “Speed Racer,” “2012,” “Beowulf,” “Monster House,” “Chicken Little,” and many more. Durand also serves on the faculty the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, the Global Cinematography Institute, the Otis College of Design, and the University of Southern California.

3D Animation & VFX Alumni

New York Film Academy’s 3D Animation & VFX School is honored and proud to shape a new generation of animators, producing noteworthy alumni that have worked on multiple noteworthy feature films and animated productions.

3D Animation & VFX Career Pathways

The Academy’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School is designed to provide hands-on, real-world training. Students learn skills that have applications in myriad career paths, include the following.

Character Animator Character Designer Environment Artist
Storyboard Artist Modeler Layout/Previz Artist
Visual Effects Artist Character Rigger Post Producer
Lighting Technician FX Artist Stop Motion Animator
Motion Graphics Artist Production Coordinator Texture Artist
Compositing Artist Roto-Artist

Our graduates have gone on to work for some of the notable companies and organizations below.

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Blue Sky Animation Studios logo

ACM SIGGRAPH logo

Disney Toon Studios logo

Gearbox Software logo

Vicious Cycle Software logo Tyler Perry Studios logo Digital Domain logo

Contact Us

For students wishing to learn more about the Academy’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects School in Los Angeles, you can call the Academy at +1 (818) 333-3558 or click on the following links to get more information about the school.


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