LEARN HOUDINI FX AND SIMULATION FOR FEATURE FILM

Online visual effects course

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GET PROFESSIONAL HOUDINI FX TRAINING FROM STUDIO ARTISTS

As a visual effects artist, it’s essential to know the latest techniques and software. Houdini has become an industry standard among top VFX studios around the world and has been used on recent projects including Mad Max: Fury Road, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Learn FX & simulation with Houdini to harness the raw power of procedural, node-based workflow techniques and create amazing FX simulations in our one-year intensive Diploma of Advanced Houdini FX & Simulation course. From destruction, explosions, water simulation and everything in between this course is designed to take your FX skills to the next level. Taught by industry professionals who have worked on blockbuster films and AAA video games, you will learn production workflows used by the major studios around the world.

There’s never been a better time to be a part of the rapidly growing visual effects industry. Turn your passion for digital arts into a career and get your make sure your demo reel gets noticed.

CG Spectrum gives you direct access and connects you to the best mentors from around the world, delivering a personalised education that gives you the competitive edge you need to succeed. 

 

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"I am very excited about how much I have achieved! CG Spectrum has given me the opportunity to push myself every step closer to the industry.  With the great resources at CG Spectrum, I not only learn how to create amazing FX but also how to think and prepare myself to be industry ready."

 

David Tsai CG Spectrum Student

COURSE INFORMATION

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ADVANCED HOUDINI FX COURSE CURRICULUM

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TRIMESTER 01 Full Time - 15 weeks

During the course of this study period, students will learn the fundamentals of VFX and simulations. They will learn Houdini FX and the user interface dedicated to FX and go over core concepts. Basic principles of scripting are taught which are essential to the procedural workflow and understanding of particles.

TRIMESTER OVERVIEW

  1. Introduction to FX
  2. VOPs geo attribute & noise 
  3. VEXpressions - Intro to scripting
  4. Intro to particles
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TRIMESTER 02 Full Time - 15 weeks

Students continue to dive deeper into the procedural toolset and focus on Rigid Body Dynamics. They will cover specialised techniques such as fracturing, constraints the Bullet Solver. Students will also learn Intermediate rendering techniques then finish the term with an fx shot project.

TRIMESTER OVERVIEW

  1. Advanced geometry tools
  2. Intro to rigid body dynamics
  3. Geo fracturing techniques
  4. Rendering concepts
TRIMESTER 03

TRIMESTER 03 Full Time - 15 weeks

During this trimester students will learn how to use the incredibly powerful Pyro Solver. Master smoke, fire and liquid simulations as you step into an advanced procedural workflow. Students finish the term with a project incorporating the advanced techniques learned throughout. 

TRIMESTER OVERVIEW

  1. Smoke and fire FX
  2. FLIP sim tools
  3. Ocean tool set
  4. Portfolio assembly

 

HOW IT WORKS

Start: Lessons / Video Content

  • Review the recorded lectures and supportive material
  • Review the assignment requirements
  • Begin researching and planning their week 
  • Start assignment 

Middle: Live Q&A Session / Feedback

  • Submit their first pass of work for the mentor’s video critique
  • Meet instructor online for a Q & A and critique session
  • Download and review recorded Q & A session and revise their work according to mentor feedback

End: Critique / Feedback

  • Submit their final pass of work for the week
  • Review additional recorded critique by their mentor working within their file
  • Review the following weeks recorded lectures and supportive material
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Do you have questions about one of our courses? Contact us and we'll get right back to you.

ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

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"I’m not only learning the essentials of VFX but also key networking tips from my mentor. I started CG Spectrum with no experience in visual fx. Initially, the thought was quite daunting as I hadn't done much in the field prior. In my opinion, the education with CG Spectrum is the closest to giving me actual industry experience since I’m working alongside an industry vet whilst being taught the fundamentals of my trade."

Subii Asif FX Artist - Luma Pictures

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"This course is simply amazing! Houdini is complex and powerful software. Learning it by yourself takes a lot of time and can be overwhelming. CG Spectrum has a brilliant educational program, which leads you step-by-step guided by industry pros."

Evgen Zaitsev Senior Technical 3D Artist - GIANTS Software

COURSE TUITION

SMALL CLASS

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SMALL CLASS OVERVIEW

At CG Spectrum you're never just a number. We cap our class sizes at 5 students so you get the most attention possible at a more affordable price. Studying in a small class setting also allows you to learn from your peers and build a larger network. 

1-ON-1 MENTOR

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1-ON-1 MENTOR OVERVIEW

By choosing the 1-on-1 option you will receive an educational experience unlike any other. Get more individual time with your mentor and customise your learning by focusing on areas you're really interested in. You'll also have greater flexibility with finding a schedule that works for you.