Visual FX Course

This intensive one-day studio and classroom VFX course is led by award-winning, global animation and VFX company DNEG. This course will introduce you to how a VFX shot is created from inception to final composite, covering pre-production, shoot and post-production stages and includes a hands-on session with a digital stills camera.

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  • This introductory course in VFX will give you an overview of the language of VFX and how it is used in all production stages in today’s global filmmaking industry.
  • You will gain an insight into the future of filmmaking and develop an awareness around the virtual production approach in filmmaking.


During the course you will have opportunities to network in an informal setting with fellow attendees, tutors and representatives from the film and TV industry.

Who Will Benefit From This Visual FX Course?

This course is for participants who want to “step into” the filmmaking industry within the field of VFX. Attendees may wish to use the knowledge gained as an additional skill within their employment, to support their clients and grow their business, or may see this as a stepping stone or a foundation course to take the next step into the film industry.

This course also serves as an accessible summary for people currently working in creative media, outside of the technical world.

Lead Tutor

This is a bespoke service catering for all skill levels, where participants will have the opportunity to engage with a highly experienced course instructor from DNEG’s in-house training programme “Greenlight”.

DNEG’s in-house Greenlight programmes deliver intensive dedicated training, live production experience and mentoring with existing DNEG artists and supervisors. Greenlight has been designed to offer the support and expertise to fully realise the potential of the next generation of VFX artists.


On the successful completion of your course, you will be awarded a personalised Irish Film School Certificate of Completion in VFX, signed by DNEG, in recognition of your educational achievement.


You will also be invited to join the IFS Alumni Association where you can continue to exchange information, share tips and receive exclusive offers and invitations to events.

Day 1: Visual FX Overview

Detailed Content

Day 1: This course consists of four modules and includes a hands-on session with a digital stills camera:

  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Hands-on with camera kit for digital stills capture
  • Post-production: Assets
  • Post-production: Shots


This module will focus on what happens before you go on-set. You will look at:

  • Pitching for VFX
  • Concept art to illustrate ideas
  • Visualising a shot with Previs
  • Planning for the shoot with Techvis


This training module will focus on what happens during the shoot and the data you need to acquire for VFX shots. You will look at:

  • Shooting plates for VFX
  • Element Shoots
  • On-set data acquisition
  • Capturing performances


With the shoot in-progress or possibly complete, you can now focus on creating the assets. This module will cover:

  • Preparing on-set VFX data
  • Modelling for VFX
  • Painting surface details and creating materials
  • Digital hair, fur and feathers
  • Creating digital puppets


With your assets created, the film scans the on-set data available; you can now start adding your CG elements to the shots. This module will cover:

  • Matching a digital camera to a real-world camera
  • Post-visualisation
  • Body/object tracking elements in a shot
  • Composing a shot in Layout
  • Adding weight to movement in Animation
  • Adding dynamic effects to cloth, hair, muscle, skin and crowds
  • Creating a believable and abstract FX
  • Shot fixing a shot
  • Creating digital environments and set extensions
  • Lighting a VFX shot
  • Rotoscoping and plate preparation
  • Bringing the VFX elements together in Compositing


Presentation of Certificates by DNEG

Social Programme: networking drinks and dinner (optional)

This one-day Visual FX course is designed to give you a hands-on and intensive introduction into the utilisation of VFX in film or TV show in today’s global market.

The IFS social programme will allow you to network with like-minded individuals and build valuable relationships and contacts with your fellow students and with leading professionals from within the film industry.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course you will have learnt how a VFX shot is created from inception to final composite through all stages of a production – pre-production, shoot and post-production. You will have had hands-on training with a digital stills camera to help illustrate some key aspects of on-set data acquisition.


Upon successful completion of the course you will be presented with a personalised Irish Film School Certificate of Completion in VFX, signed by DNEG, in recognition of your learning and achievement.


Our Alumni Association will allow you to stay in touch long after your course has finished and will give you a forum where you can exchange information, share tips and receive exclusive offers and invitations to events.

The Future

This course will give you the confidence to go on to further study, to begin working in the film industry or to change careers. Many of those in employment will add value to their CVs with a new skill in the art of VFX and could receive a promotion or an increase in salary as a result of completing this course.


  • Personal tuition from a highly experienced tutor from an iconic VFX company
  • Coursework folder with comprehensive notes to bring home
  • Instruction from leading experts and professionals
  • State-of-the-art studios and classroom
  • Limited number in student cohort
  • Easy transport links to the campus
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Full social programme
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to exclusive Alumni Association

Lights, Camera, Action!

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 30 students per cohort. So, take your first step into the business and contact us today!

  • To receive more information, please order a free brochure. Fill in your details and we will immediately send you a free copy of the Visual FX brochure.
  • You can enrol now for this VFX course with a credit card using our secure online enrolment form