Visual Effects

Post Graduate DiplomaVisual Effects

Streamline your imaginations in an inspiring environment with technology and techniques to create expert works of visual effects.

Course Information

  • Specification
    Visual Effects
  • Graduation
    PG Diploma
  • Course Duration
    1 year (Full Time)
  • Qualification
    Graduates of any stream
  • Locations
    Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad

Course Overview

Join the Specialist Program on Visual Effects

The PG Diploma in Visual Effects at ICAT is a 1-year, full-time program that provides you thorough understanding and intense practice on every key technique and digital tool involved in the creation of world-class visual effects. It also introduces you to related futuristic technologies to groom you as a competent professional in the field.

The program provides a high level of technical mastery in developing visual effects works for different mediums, including movies, advertisements, television content, games, educational/training videos, and more. It provides strong skills in handling software tools; and beyond the pure mastery of software, it nurtures creativity, artistic acuity, and visual culture.

Why Visual Effects?

Get a Most Sought-After Career of Passion

In today’s movies, we are able to enjoy dinosaurs running across, heroes performing unimaginable acts, exotic sceneries, aliens on earth, talking vehicles, and what not. Nothing is impossible on screen with visual effects in place. In fact, more than 90% of the big-budget movies today depend on visual effects. Not only movies, even advertisements, games, promotional videos, simulation videos to train people on some risky tasks, and more rely on visual effects to attract and train the audience.

While visual effects hold such an important position in multiple industries, there are number of renowned companies pitching into this space along with numerous global leaders setting up their in-house firms in India. All these highly increase the number of rewarding opportunities for skilled visual effects professionals. It’s now the right time to deploy the opportunities in this field and get highly recognized in your field of passion.

Eligibility

Wondering if You Can Be a Part of PG Diploma in Visual Effects?

Once you complete your under graduation in any stream, you become eligible to take up this PG Diploma in Visual Effects program.

In addition, if you adore fiction works, keen to understand how imaginations are brought on screen, and look out for a highly rewarding career, then this PG Diploma Visual Effects Program is your best choice.

Student’s Works

Curriculum

The Learning Curve

Through the blistering 12 months course, you will get an understanding of the entire VFX pipeline, and gain the right knowledge, skill and confidence as a VFX Artist. The course starts with the basics of art, design elements, design principles, visual communication, idea generation, and basic design creation. The students are then taught to create and manipulate digital images and practice 3D digital set extension techniques. They are taught about basic visual composition, camera technicality, light, and 3D elements. They also get an understanding of psychological models to recreate the behavior of characters in digital environments. They get to extend their skills through developing individual project works and a portfolio showcasing their best skills.

Skills to Build

Skills to Seek as a Visual Effects Professional

  • Photography Composition
  • Image and Channel Manipulation
  • Image Transformations
  • Rotoscoping & Masking
  • Keying
  • Motion Tracking
  • Background Preparation
  • Color Grading
  • Marker & Rig Removal (Green Screen)
  • Digital Make-Up/ Face Replacement
  • Match Moving
  • 2D & 3D Compositing
  • Dynamic FX

Teaching Methodology

Learning beyond the Walls

This skill building course on VFX is conducted through different teaching methodologies that insist on intense practice, building professional perspective, and incorporating innovation. The classroom sessions along with seminars, workshops, outdoor learning sessions, showcasing events, and more help the students in their professional practice.

Research to Pursue Knowledge

Detailed understanding of the subject handled is a key for the VFX artists to produce a creative and par real-time work. At ICAT, the students get used to dwelling into any subject through regular research projects that they got to work on for every module.

Brainstorm with Peers

Sharing ideas with like-minded people set the spark in you to a fire. We encourage our students to involve in group discussions with peers, in a guided environment that helps students learn to give a concrete shape to their ideas.

Inspire from What’s Around/Real-Time Industry

Visiting historical places of art and design, and design studios to watch the work live inspires students and streamlines their skills in the right direction.

Get the Expertise from Professionals

Professionals holding a renowned position in the industry are invited to conduct seminars and workshops explaining the industry way of handling a concept, performing a task, and using the technology.

The common professionals and veterans who provide a knowledge sharing sessions include:

  • Mr. Barrie M Osborne - Oscar Winner (The Lord of the Rings) & Producer (LOTR, Matrix)
  • Mr. Christian Rivers - Oscar & BAFTA Winning Animator (KingKong, The Lord of the Rings)
  • Mr. Collin Brown – CEO, Cinesite, The Production facility of “Harry Potter”, UK
  • Mr. Peter Chiang - Visual Effects Director (Batman)
  • Mr. Michael Paycer - Film Producer, Speed
  • Mr. John Labree - Former CEO, WETA Digital, New Zealand
  • Mrs. Shelley Page - Head of International Reach, Dreamworks
  • Mr. Srinivas Mohan - Indian Visual Effects Supervisor (Endhiran, 2.0, Bahubali and more)
  • Mrs. Asmita Madhu - VFX Producer
  • Mr. Nasser - Actor, Multi-talented film personality
  • Mr. Manikandan - Visual Effects Artist & Matte Painter
  • Mrs. Shesha Prasad - Vice President, R&H
  • Mrs. Sanath - CEO FireFly Creative Studio
  • Mr. Ram – Compositor, Rhythm and Hues
  • Mr. Jagan Mohan - Senior EX Artist at Tinker Bell
  • Mr. Zameer Hussain - Creative Head, BOTVFX
  • Mr. Karthick Subbraj - Filmmaker (Pettai, Jigarthanda, Pizza)
  • Mr. Vasanth Dev - Director of Cinematography worked in 40 Feature Films
  • Prof. Shivbilas Saxena - National Institute of Design
  • Mr. Rajeev Prasad - Filmmaker
  • Mr. Sukumar - Cinematographer
  • Mr. Vimaleshwaran - Lead Matte Painter at Ajax Media
  • Mr. Rohit - 3d Team Lead , Phantom-FX
  • Mr. Ramesh Acharya - VFX Supervisor, R Arts
  • Mr. Kishore - Art Director
  • Mr. K. Rangaswamy - Cinematographer
  • Mr. Anand Krishnamoorthi - Sound Designer

Probe the Techniques through Project Works

Individual projects help students decide on, discuss, and implement their ideas. This enables them to identify and take forward their specialist area of interest, and to organise their efforts in achieving the set goal.

Assessment Technique

Be Assessed on Your Skills

At ICAT, the learning outcome of each module is assessed through periodical Formative Assessments, Assignments, Research Works, and through the originality, innovation and product of the final Project. Also, continuous monitoring of each student is done throughout the year through peer assessments and internal/external reviews.

Student Awards

At ICAT, we encourage students to participate in various national and international competitions, which help them to rise and shine as they pursue their creative skills and build their team spirit. Some of distinguished awards the VFX students have received for their creative and outstanding works include:

  • Won the ‘FrameFlixx Visual Effects Grand Challenger Award 2009’ for the work, ‘Season Changed’
  • Won Gold for Best VFX Short Film in Student Open Category at ‘Delhi CG Awards, 2016’
  • Won the ‘Star Performer’ award from Technicolor while working on ‘BOSS BABY’ series
  • Won the ‘24fps International Animation Awards, 2011’ in Best Visual Effects Short Film, Student Category
  • Won ‘The Gateway Awards 2009’, a national-level short film festival from Xtel Mobile Network Connection
  • Won several prizes in various intercollegiate fests all over India

Practical Learning Facilities

Learn by Doing – Right from the Basics

This intense practice-oriented program comes with industry-standard facilities at all the ICAT campuses for students to practice how best they can bring their imaginations live on screen.

Sketch Your Thoughts

Students get to experiment their sketching skills under the guidance of skilled faculties at the live sketching rooms. This gives a cutting-edge to the students as a VFX professional.

Shoot the Footage at Chroma Studio

The par-industry Chroma Studio at ICAT comes with professional Sony Mirrorless and Canon Full Frame DSLR Cameras, Lenses, and other related equipments for students to explore their shooting skills.

Record/Manipulate Audio/Video

The sound proof Audio Booth for audio recording, and IT labs and student laptops loaded with all necessary software give the students the perfect setup to experiment the post production techniques and more.

The Knowledge Repository

Right from history of art and design to techniques with latest technology, the students have access to all VFX related information through 100s of books and magazines. This helps them research beyond the class lectures and gain immense knowledge of the industry and current trends.

Common to All Departments

In addition to the specific facilities for each department, the campuses of ICAT College are loaded with spacious classrooms, common library with essential readings, locker facilities for students, air-conditioned halls, personal tutoring space, common working zone, students’ lounge, and so on.

Career Opportunities

Get Placed as a...

With an exclusive Placement Cell that holds a record of 100% placement, till date, we assure best jobs for every student who have gathered their skills and are ready to take up challenges of the industry.

As a PG Diploma Visual Effects graduate, students can get opportunities in varied industries, such as animation studios, movies, television studios, game studios, advertising agencies, and many more. The students can find a position as a:

  • VFX 2D Supervisor
  • VFX 3D Supervisor
  • Compositor
  • Digital Matte Painter
  • Rotoscoping Artist
  • Color Grader
  • Pre Viz Artist

Each student can opt for their field of expertise with confidence, as the curriculum at ICAT guides them to build a solid portfolio in their area of interest/specialization.

Why Choose ICAT to Study the Visual Effects Course?

Only at ICAT

  • This practical program on Visual Effects comes with 100% placement and world-class curriculum.
  • The highly equipped labs, frequent sessions from industry professionals, and showcase events give the best learning experience.
  • The focus the program gives towards futuristic technologies and the global knowledge that veterans in our knowledge brigade brings help students stand apart as best in the industry.
  • Above these, the opportunity to create an effective Portfolio of skilled works gives the sheer confidence and a cutting edge as a Visual Effects professional.

ICAT was the gateway to the world of Visual Effects. In all means, ICAT gave me a strong foundation of what visual effects is all about, and that foundation helped me stay passionate towards this field with constant technology updates.

Sakthivel, Pixstone Images
NAME COMPANY
Rodrigues Oswin Evaristo Anibrain
Ankit Bhardwaj Tata Elxsi Visual Computing Labs
Satyabrata Sahu Xcentrix Studio
Deepak Thomas Rotomaker
Posani Gurudattu Deluxe Digital Studios
Ravindran N Studio33
Jacob Thomas Prim Focus, Chandigarh
Shiva Srivastava Leben Style Interiors
Seepana Ramyanth Kumar Digital Domain
Praveen Kumar M Double Negative
Rijo R The Mill
Asim Amitav Das AniBrain Digital Pvt. Ltd.
Estibeiro Stewart Vincent Technicolor
Yadhu Krishna K S Studio 56
Puthinedi Krishna Shankar Studio 56
Rohith AniBrain Digital Pvt. Ltd.
Jyotika Singh MPC
Barath R Double Negative
D. Venuprasath The Mill
Karthic Ramesh. S Rodeo FX
Karthik. R Hydraulx
Sameer Marotrao Bhoyar Flamboyant Studios
Srimurali. S Double Negative
Gaurav Juneja Barevogue
Kathirvel. M Double Negative
Avish John Thomas N Coldpressed
Jithendran T The Mill
Jobin Jacob The Mill
Janhavi Ramaswamy Zoic Studios
Manikandan. S ScreenArtz
Prabhakar. A Prasad EFX
M. Siju MPC
E.P. Shaiju Anibrain
Abdul Rasheed. G.M MPC
Rohit Kumar Chaudhary EastMojo
Viswanathan T BOTVFX
Abhishek Chakraborty Legend 3D | VR | VFX
Amarjith P V Future Works Media Ltd.
Balachandar S B Future Works
Peruman C S Double Negative
Prasanna D Anibrain Digital Technologies
Sivakumar A MPC
Divikar MPC
Ashok Kumar Aksha Animation Studio
GEO GILES G AGHRE Studios
Sakthivel Pixstone Images
Arun Kumar. P.N Technicolor
Saravanan P Mr. X Inc
Richy Joachine Rojous KRDS
Prasanna D Anibrain Digital Technologies

Knowledge Brigade

Learn from the Professionals’ Perspective

The curriculum and teaching strategies at ICAT is never an instant thought. They are all an outcome of research and brainstorming of ideas from renowned professionals in the field. The knowledge brigade that guides us through the curriculum delivery of PG Diploma in Visual Effects includes:

INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONALS

Name Designation
CHRISTIAN RIVERS Oscar & BAFTA Winning Animator, (Kingkong, LOTR)
MR.BARRIE M OSBORNE Oscar Winner (The Lord of the Rings) & Producer (LOTR, Matrix)
MR.COLLIN BROWN CEO - Cinesite, The Production Facility of “Harry Potter”, UK
MR.PETER CHIANG Visual Effects Director (Batman)
MR.MICHAEL PAYCER Film Producer (Speed)
MR.JOHN LABREE Former CEO, WETA Digital, New Zealand
MRS.SHELLEY PAGE Head of International Reach, Dreamworks
MR.SRINIVAS MOHAN Indian Visual Effects Supervisor (Endhiran, 2.0, Bahubali & more)
MRS.ASMITA MADHU VFX Producer
MR.NASSER Actor, Multi-Talented Film Personality
MR.MANIKANDAN Visual Effects Artist & Matte Painter
MRS.SHESHA PRASAD Vice President, R&H
MRS.SANATH CEO FireFly Creative Studio
MR.RAM Compositor Rhythm and Hues
MR.JAGAN MOHAN Senior EX Artist of Tinker Bell
MR.ZAMEER HUSSAIN Creative Head, BOTVFX
MR.KARTHICK SUBBRAJ Film Maker (Pettai, Jigarthanda, Pizza)
MR.VASANTH DEV Director of Cinematography for 40 Feature films
PROF. SHIVBILAS SAXENA National Institute of Design
MR. RAJEEV PRASAD Film Maker
MR.SUKUMAR Cinematographer
MR. VIMALESHWARAN Lead Matte Painter at Ajax Media
MR. ROHIT 3d Team Lead , Phantom-fx
MR.RAMESH ACHARYA VFX Supervisor, R Arts
MR. KISHORE Art Director
MR.K.RANGASWAMY Cinematographer
MR. ANAND KRISHNAMOORTHI Sound Designer

Student Service

Get in Touch for All Your Needs

Each student is allocated a Personal Mentor to guide through the personal development process, and a Supervisor to support in project and dissertation.

A Students Service Desk is managed at each location with a Student Advisor providing advice to students on all any matters in need, personal or college related. The desk organizes club activities and acts as a point of contact for parents/Guardians.

Our Locations

Study at Any of Our 3 State-of-the-Art Campuses

The ICAT campuses are located at the Shores of Bay of Bengal (Chennai), Silicon Valley of India (Bangalore), and the City of Pearls (Hyderabad). The strategically located campuses expose the students to eminent landmarks/events of the metropolitan cities, which is very important for the Creators of Tomorrow to understand the trending world.

Chennai

ICAT Design & Media College 153, Santhome High Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.

044 - 4293 4293, +91 - 95001 28555

Bangalore

ICAT Design & Media College 424, Bommanahalli, Hosur Main Road, Bangalore - 560 068.

080 - 4110 7755, +91 - 96111 73607

Hyderabad

ICAT Design & Media College 11-9-45/2, Vishal Towers, Kothapet Cross Roads, Near Kothapet Fruit Market, Beside OMNI Hospital, Kothapet, Hyderabad - 500 035.

040 - 4221 7755, +91 - 88862 33334