Combine animation, visual effects, and video to create highly graphical videos for episodic television and films.

Visual Effects Compositing

No professional movie or video project today is completed without the use of digital enhancements. A compositor is responsible for layering all digital effects in the final cut, including color correction, integration of rendered 3-D models, object removal, and set extensions.

The visual effects compositing major gives you experience creating effects for video in both live action and computer-generated integration. You will learn to integrate effects, place actors who were filmed in front of a green screen into virtual environments, merge 3-D models with live action sets, and layer video and photo elements to create stunning imagery. In an environment continuously updated with new technology and software, you will also learn proper techniques for filming your own videos for use in professional video compositing.

Although you will certainly develop your artistry while earning a visual effects degree, make no mistake: visual effects compositing is a STEM-based discipline (science, technology, engineering, and math). Courses in trigonometry, calculus, and physics will provide you with an understanding of the underlying fundamentals. You will also supplement your understanding of the visual effects compositing workflow by studying animation, digital lighting, digital video and audio, and special effects.

And through courses in business writing, technical writing, psychology, marketing and management, and entrepreneurship, you will become the well-rounded visual effects professional that today’s employers demand.

Special Features

  • Delve into the technical side of visual effects compositing.
  • Learn to use our LightCraft Previzion System, the same visual effects system used in Hollywood productions, to create compelling, immersive video content.
  • Improve your career prospects and portfolio with real-world projects that allow you to work alongside faculty and real clients.
  • Two degrees in five years: earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer graphics technology in only five years with a special plan of study.

What can I do?

Visual Effects Compositor
Roto Artist
Digital Compositor
Motion Graphics Compositor

Where can I go?

DreamWorks
Sony
Animation Mentor
Walt Disney Company
One of my internships was in a marketing department as a digital media intern. While I spent a large amount of time in video production, the internship really showed me that I could apply my skills to any corporate setting.
Emily Fitzgerald
Computer Graphics Technology

What to expect in Visual Effects Compositing

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The Polytechnic learning environment

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 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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T.R. Oneal 765-494-8206
Rachel Kelly 765-494-0913

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