Admission open 2021 – 22

Visual Effects

Under GraduateVisual Effects

Learn to create realistic composites, dynamic particle systems, and other special effects with your unique touch of creativity, for movies, television, advertisements, games, animation videos, and more.

Course Information

  • Specification
    Visual Effects
  • Graduation
    B.A. (Hons)
  • Course Duration
    3 years (Full Time)
  • Qualification
    +2/Equivalent passouts
  • Locations
    Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad

Course Overview

Join the Program that Simulates the VFX Industry Process

The UG Degree in Visual Effects at ICAT is a full-time program that provides high level of technical mastery in all key techniques, from initial lighting intentions to final calibration. Beyond pure mastery of software, the program develops creativity, artistic acuity, and visual culture in students.

The program gives the students intense practice on professional production processes. They are also given an all-round knowledge on 3D Art, 3D Animation, Concept Art, and Game Design, which allows them to develop short films and game cinematics. The detailed study of VFX techniques and the additional knowledge on related streams enable the students to take up job roles as a Digital Compositor, Set & Environment Artist, 3D Artist, Cinematographer, Matchmoving Artist and more.

Why Visual Effects?

Join the Indispensible Part of Film Industry

Almost more than 90% of the big-budget movies today, be it in Hollywood, Bollywood, Kollywood, or any industry, incorporates visual effects. Not only movies, even advertisements, television content, games, and any animation works have an indispensible role for visual effects. Along with the already huge demand in India, today we have pouring outsourcing works of VFX from different parts of the world.

Such a huge demand for visual effects works is addressed by the Government of many Indian states by announcing policies in support of the animation and VFX industry, which will help the industry to effectively compete with established markets of the developed countries like the US, Canada, and emerging centers like South Korea, France, China, and Malaysia. With such a huge demand, come numerous opportunities for the skilled and passionate minds. Deploy these highly promising opportunities today.

Student’s Works


The Learning Curve

From understanding visual compositions to participating in research and technological development projects, the students get a comprehensive understanding of making visual effects with a touch of their own unique style. This comprehensive learning happens in a linear fashion through the three years of study.

Year I - Get Introduced from Design Basics to Digital Design

The blistering 3-year course starts with an overview of the entire VFX pipeline. It provides an underpinning knowledge of design, the principles and various elements of design, visual language, and related applications and technologies. The students are introduced to history of art; various styles, methods, and mediums of illustration; range of visual research methods and practices; and strategies and approaches used by art and design practitioners. They get to explore their drawing skills with an implication of design basics. Further, the students seek the essential skills necessary to create digital design layouts and for image manipulation.

Year II – Start Brining Your Imaginations on Screen

This critical year introduces students to professional practices of the industry, keeping in mind the range of associated career aspirations. The students are encouraged to use different materials to create the look and feel of a particular design brief to execution. They are introduced to layout design / asset creation from design brief and provided the skills necessary to create design elements in their specialized area of study. They are offered an in-depth study in a chosen area of communication, and are enabled to master the understanding of client–target–product relationship and how it reflects upon the creative process. Further, the students are engaged in an extended, self-managed project to demonstrate their ability to integrate the various elements of the course..

Year III – Make the World See Thorough Your Mind’s Eye

Preparing to be the original VFX Artist in the industry, students are encouraged and guided to work on a full-fledged VFX project, right from pre-production involving storyboarding and concept art to post production works. The students get to extend their knowledge of media, methods, and process development through a critical approach. They prepare a portfolio of their work by authoring an individual DVD, which is intended to be reviewed by their peers and potentially sent to production houses for their comments. Further, the students are provided an opportunity to work collaboratively in a Design Development team to address a real world problem for an external client.

Skills to Build

Skills to Seek as a VFX Professional

  • Art for Visual Effects
  • Still Life & Free Hand Practice
  • Perspective, Depth Cues, Texture studies
  • Photography Composition
  • Set Extension
  • Miniature & Matte Painting
  • Typography
  • Grids and Layouts
  • Visual Communication & Mass Media
  • Ethical Thinking
  • Motion Graphics
  • Rotoscoping & Masking
  • Keying
  • Motion Tracking
  • Background Preparation
  • Color Grading
  • Rotoscoping
  • Marker & Rig Removal (Green Screen)
  • Digital Make-Up/ Face Replacement
  • Match Moving
  • 2D & 3D Compositing
  • Dynamic FX

Teaching Methodology

Learning beyond the Walls

Along with classroom lectures, regular sessions of technical lectures from professionals, sessions of film analysis, peer-to-peer discussions, outdoor learning visits, project evaluation sessions with mentors, and more groom the students at ICAT to be a skilled VFX professional.

Build Your Research and Analysis Skills

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

Find Out from the 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

Debate with Your Peers

Students are grouped together as teams to debate and discuss a project or a contextual issue and share views and experiences. This enables discussion of ideas and issues relevant to the subject, and to brainstorm the design solution.

Work in Teams

Group projects and assignments help students function as a team in creating a single product. This enhances the skills of negotiation, organisation of roles, scheduling meetings, setting and meeting deadlines, and bringing together the individual elements to produce a final piece of work.

Get Your Personal Piece of Work Ready

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.

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.

Practice Real Time

The curriculum at ICAT insists students to take up an internship in any related organization to get a clear and early insight of the industry, and build confidence to take up a career.

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 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
  • Secured the ‘FrameFlixx Visual Effects Grand Challenger Award 2009’ for the work, ‘Season Changed’
  • Won several prizes in various intercollegiate fests all over India

Practical Learning Facilities

Learn by Doing – Right from the Basics

You can practice to show your wildest imaginations on screen by using the world-class facilities at the ICAT campuses.

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 interior design information through 100s of books and magazines. This helps them research beyond the classroom lectures and gain immense knowledge on 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 UG 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:

  • FX Artist
  • Dynamic Simulation Artist
  • FX Technical Director
  • VFX 2D Supervisor
  • VFX 3D Supervisor
  • Compositor
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Digital Matte Painter
  • Rotoscoping Artist
  • Tracking 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 VFX Design Course?

Only at ICAT

  • This practical program on Animation comes with 100% placement, world-class curriculum and a degree certified by an eminent university.
  • 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 work on Dissertations, create Portfolio, and take up Internship with renowned companies gives the sheer confidence and a cutting edge as an animation professional.

ICAT helped me to gain extraordinary skills and to work with multiple software.

Thilip Kumar

Alumni Success

Vineeth Krishnan Accenture
Yashwanth Kumar Zoic Studios, Vancouver, Canada
Jigar Chauhan Double Negative
Shaheer Rehman Takeover
Arjun R Synergia Foundation
Jerome Joy Thoppil Beyond 360
Rodrigues Oswin Evaristo Anibrain
Ankit Bhardwaj Tata Elxsi Visual Computing Labs
Adithya R Kashyap DNEG
Gladwin Michael Pinto Independent
Satyabrata Sahu Xcentrix Studio
Deepak Thomas Rotomaker
Posani Gurudattu Deluxe Digital Studios
Ravindran N Studio33
Gaurav Rai Trace VFX
Jacob Thomas Prim Focus, Chandigarh
Darsi Sai Mahesh GEAL Media Productions
Shiva Srivastava Leben Style Interiors
Ruchi Rikta Xcentrix
Seepana Ramyanth Kumar Digital Domain
Praveen Kumar M Double Negative
Rijo R The Mill
Asim Amitav Das AniBrain Digital Pvt. Ltd.
Alif Ashraf Trace VFX
Arun S R Fluid Mask Studio 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
Chirag Tripathy Glu
Nikhil Thanisseri Double Negative
Mohamed Salman Yusuf TakeLeap
Vikash Kumar Verma Milesmate
Jose B Arukalil AJ FX Lab
Andrew Jacob D'Crus Mindstein Studios
Arunlal Sasidharan Pillai Mindstein Studios
Ram Raushan Upadhyay APN News Channel
Thinesh Kumar K M Focus Ring Studios
Kishore R Art Director - Free Lance
Uma D Olefin White Films Pvt. Ltd.
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
Hemkan Tripathi Splat Studio
Peruman C S Double Negative
Prasanna D Anibrain Digital Technologies
Sivakumar A MPC
Divikar MPC
Rahul K Xarm Marketing Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Jose B Arukalil AJ FX Lab
Rishikesh Kowshik N 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
Martin Livin L Zoho
Himashis Karmakar Boston Consulting Group
Toji Mathew Joseph Double Negative

Knowledge Brigade

Learn from the Veterans’ 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 UG Animation includes:


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)
MR.NASSER Actor, Multi-Talented Film Personality
MR.MANIKANDAN Visual Effects Artist & Matte Painter
MRS.SANATH CEO FireFly Creative Studio
MR.RAM Compositor Rhythm and Hues
MR.JAGAN MOHAN Senior EX Artist of Tinker Bell
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.SUKUMAR Cinematographer
MR. VIMALESHWARAN Lead Matte Painter at Ajax Media
MR. ROHIT 3d Team Lead , Phantom-fx
MR. KISHORE Art Director
MR.K.RANGASWAMY Cinematographer

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.

The ICAT campuses are located at the Shores of Bay of Bengal (Chennai) and Silicon Valley of India (Bangalore). The strategically located campuses expose the students to eminent

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.


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