Become a master of destruction, explosions, and other effects as you learn to create the realistic effects seen in the latest blockbuster films.

Effects Technical Direction

In the animation and visual effects (VFX) industries, an effects technical director is responsible for creating simulations for a variety of natural phenomena. Whenever a movie needs digital simulations of large-scale destructions, fluids, dust, or even steam coming off of a cup of coffee, the effects technical director is responsible for making it happen.

An effects technical director is a combination of programmer and artist. You will take classes focused on fire, destruction, smoke, particles, and fluids in an environment which is continuously updated with new technology and software. You will work with industry-standard tools and techniques for creating a variety of special effects and motion graphics.

Our VFX program also includes courses in digital lighting, digital video and audio, and technical directing. Additionally, courses in animation and compositing will supplement your studies to provide a well-rounded understanding of the animation and VFX workflows.

This effects technical direction degree program has a solid STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) foundation. Your studies will include calculus, geometry, algebra, and physics, providing you with an understanding of the underlying fundamentals necessary to create state-of-the-art visual effects.

Special Features

What can I do?

VFX Artist
VFX Technical Director
Technical Artist
3D Compositor

Where can I go?

Walt Disney Company
Animation Mentor
DreamWorks Animation
One of my favorite class projects was when we developed a movie plot through 3D modeling in a digital environment.
Emily Fitzgerald
Computer Graphics Technology

What to expect in Effects Technical Direction

Core courses

COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
COM 31400 - Advanced Presentational Speaking
ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition
ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition
ENGL 42000 - Business Writing
ENGL 42100 - Technical Writing
ENTR 20000 - Introduction To Entrepreneurship And Innovation
ENTR 31000 - Marketing And Management For New Ventures
ENTR 48000 - Entrepreneurship Capstone
MA 16100 - Plane Analytic Geometry And Calculus I
MA 16200 - Plane Analytic Geometry And Calculus II
MA 26100 - Multivariate Calculus
MA 26500 - Linear Algebra
PHIL 11400 - Global Moral Issues
PHYS 21800 - General Physics
PSY 12000 - Elementary Psychology
TECH 12000 - Design Thinking In Technology
CGT 10101 - Foundations Of Computer Graphics Technology
CGT 11800 - Fundamentals Of Imaging Technology
CGT 14700 - Visual Effects Introduction
CGT 24100 - Introduction to Computer Animation
CGT 24600 - Compositing I
CGT 24700 - Visual Effects - Particles And Procedural Effects
CGT 24800 - Visual Effects - Pyrotechnics And Destruction Effects
CGT 24900 - Visual Effects - Programming
CGT 25001 - Computer Graphics Professional Practices I
CGT 34000 - Digital Lighting And Rendering for Computer Animation
CGT 34600 - Digital Video And Audio
CGT 34800 - Photorealistic Shaders
CGT 34900 - Visual Effects Technical Directing
CGT 41101 - Contemporary Problems In Applied Computer Graphics I
CGT 41201 - Contemporary Problems In Applied Computer Graphics II
CGT 44800 - Visual Effects - Capstone I
CGT 45001 - Computer Graphics Professional Practices II

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Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the school/department

The Department of Computer Graphics Technology touches all aspects of computer graphics, from animation to scientific visualization, and from user experience to game studies. Research projects on these topics push the boundaries of how the medium can be used, while the variety of degree options to prepare students to be practitioners and managers in an array of computer graphics-related careers.

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