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.

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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

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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