Digital Visual Effects

2 years Ontario College Diploma

A field placement with opportunities to work in the visual effects industry.


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2023: College Drive – North Bay

Start an exciting career in the rapidly growing digital visual effects industry. Create dynamic and realistic visual effects for use in film, television, games, and architectural visualization. Learn to produce a concept sketch and storyboard, shape a model, stage a scene and represent movements in three dimensions. Gain professional skills through a practical, hands on approach in labs that are outfitted with the latest tools and industry-standard software with training focused on major trends in visual, digital and special effects arts.

Your Future Career

  • 3D Animator
  • Compositor
  • Effects Artist
  • Lighter


What You Learn

  • Editing, lighting, rendering, and matte painting
  • Compositing
  • Concept design
  • Texturing
  • Character modelling
  • Animation

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with ENG4C or ENG4U, or mature student status (19 years or older)

Applicants will also require:

  • 3 Digital art pieces (3D sculptures/models, character concepts, video editing, photography and graphic design) 
  • 1 Interior perspective drawing
  • 1 Shaded hand drawing

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

DVX100 Introduction to Visual Effects
DVX101 Introduction to Nuke
DVX102 Basic Compositing
DVX103 Basic Tracking
DVX104 Industry Review I
GENED General Education Elective - Online (DV Sem 1)

Semester 2

DVX200 Paint and Roto
DVX201 Keying and Mattes
DVX202 Intermediate Compositing
DVX203 Advanced Tracking
DVX204 Digital Matte Painting
DVX205 Introduction to Color
GENED General Education Elective - Online (DV Sem 2)

Semester 3

DVX300 Introduction to Lighting
DVX301 Principal of Cinematography
DVX302 Advanced Compositing I
DVX303 Industry Review II
DVX304 VFX Studio
DVX305 Project I
DVX306 Placement
GENED General Education Elective - Online (DV Sem 3)

Semester 4

DVX400 Expressions and Scripting
DVX401 Advanced Compositing II
DVX402 Project II
DVX403 Industry review III

2022-23 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1290.98 $1200 - $5211.22
2 $2720.24 $1140.98 - - $3861.22

2022-23 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $14102.08 $1870.98 $1200 - $17173.06

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Ontario College Diploma

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Students and graduates who are looking to further their education have many options available. Explore the Transfer and Pathway Guide to learn more about these opportunities.