Dream it and Create it at Columbia College Hollywood

Our Visual Effects program allows you to create the characters and creatures that exist in your mind. With instant access to industry-standard equipment, you can bring them to life right away. The liberal arts education you’ll receive will make you well-rounded, and the hands-on experience you’ll gain right away allows you to perfect your vision.

Our faculty does more than teach – they’re also working industry professionals. Your favorite instructor might also have worked on your favorite film. You will have a chance to build your portfolio and learn from people currently enmeshed in the industry.

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Explore a Creative Career with Columbia College Hollywood

Our Visual Effects program is offered in person and online, and either option presents a unique opportunity to build a creative career. You’ll be able to learn from industry professionals and put together a portfolio without having to uproot your life for your studies.

During the program, which is 4 years and 192 credit hours, you will:

  • Collaborate with others and develop contemporary skills for use in television, movies, games, and interactive media
  • Learn from faculty mentors, who are also working professionals
  • Use professional, high-end software, including: Maya, Zbrush, Cinema4D and Houdini
  • Build a portfolio of original works to showcase what you’ve learned

After graduation, you’ll have a portfolio full of stunning characters, creatures, and visual effects you’ve created. You will also have full access to all resources available to students at Columbia College Hollywood, including our Career Services office.

Graduates of the program are qualified for a great many positions working in film and television. Example careers include VFX Supervisor, Motion Graphics Artist, Compositor, Animator, and more.


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Columbia College Hollywood is where visual arts thrive. With campuses in Los Angeles and Chicago, we provide accessible education that fuses creative studies in film, graphic design, visual effects, and interactive media with liberal arts.

We aim to cultivate the talents of our students with our unique learn-by-doing approach.  Our programs allow students to immerse themselves in their discipline as well as cross-discipline projects that simulate work for a well-rounded experience. Here they will develop confidence in their abilities and build lifelong connections.

Columbia College Hollywood is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

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