Specialized studies in visual effects (VFX)

– Houdini Official Certified School | Side FX –

STARTING DATE – October 2024

Available Languages: ENGLISH / SPANISH


+18 years


· In-person or Combined*

*Minimum 6 months of in-person training.


4 academic years + Final Project




For 18 years old and over, from any background, interested in VFX. Certificated in High school, FX ANIMATION foundation course, baccalaureate, vocational, or other training. There’s no need to present academic certificates.

  • Age 18 +
  • Basic computer skills
  • Motivation letter of between 100 and 150 words or motivation video (can be recorded on a cell phone) of between 45″ and 1″ explaining why you want to do this course and study at FX ANIMATION. Send your application to your academic advisor or to: [email protected]

1st Year: 3D for VFX

The student will learn the entire production process (modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and rendering) and professional pipeline (work systems) of 3D with Maya. This first course provides them with strong general skills in order to respond and perform any type of 3D creation for VFX.

2nd Year: VFX with MAYA

In the second year, students will begin work on simulating particles, fabrics, soft bodies, fire, smoke and explosions, simulating rigid bodies and liquids. At the same time, they will learn and work on post-production with Nuke for the composition of shots and scenes of visual effects (work in chroma and integration of 3D elements into real images).

3rd Year: Specialization with Houdini

This final school year focuses on Houdini’s teaching for the creation of high-level VFX (creation of simulations, natural phenomena, hair, fabrics, particles, liquids and crowds…) It is the most prestigious VFX training at national level and one of the most internationally recognized both by the training sector and by the industry.

  • Certified FX degree endorsed by SideFX
  • Houdini Official School and Autodesk ATC

  • VFX artist
  • FX TD 
  • Expert in VFX with Houdini,
  • VFX Supervisor for film, advertising and TV 
  • 3D Generalist for different technical industries (automotive, medicine, archeology, jewelry, photography, product design…)


This is the most prestigious career in VFX at national level and one of the most internationally recognized by the industry and the training sector. This course trains you as an expert in 3D for visual effects (VFX) using Houdini, as the only Official School in Spain recognized by Side FX.

You will learn to create high level VFX simulations of rigid and liquid bodies, particles, fabrics, soft bodies, natural phenomena, hair, fire, smoke and explosions, specializing with Houdini.

You will also work with post-production, using Nuke for the composition of planes and visual effects scenes. As well, work in chroma and integration of 3D elements in real images.

Students of this training have worked in some of the most important blockbusters, both national and international productions such as Aquaman, Hellboy, The Lion King, Godzilla or Game of Thrones, among others.

Develop a high technical performance and professional results as a VFX artist with this training.


Name and surname(Required)
Where do you write to us?(Required)

Tariq Kinani – DemoReel

Josep Lluis Cid – DemoReel

Diego Castillo – DemoReel

Marc Cuxart – DemoReel


Company internships

Because our training is based on excellence and on providing students with not only the technical knowledge necessary for their profession, in the final year, a company internship is carried out to put into practice the knowledge learned within a real production flow. This training is mandatory and students will be selected by the companies that the school has within its professional portfolio.

Our students have undertaken training in companies such as El Ranchito, Deluxe, Entropy Studio, Digital Legends, The game forge, Scarecrow studio, B · Water Studios and Music has no limits, among others.

FX Family Program

The reception and accompaniment program for newly incorporated national and international students.

When starting training at FX, students face a double academic and social challenge: they leave their city or school and even their groups of friends to start a new life and study experience at FX ANIMATION.

The FX Family Program aims to actively integrate the student at school and in Barcelona, helping them to feel accompanied and participate in academic life from day one. As an inclusive school, the program is aimed at all students without distinguishing between any of them and respecting the individual needs of each one, at all times.

At FX, we are one big family and we strive for students, teachers and non-teaching staff to feel at home at FX. This meeting point with students strengthens coexistence, communication and knowledge exchange between the different training areas of the school. Integration and the feeling of belonging influence motivation and strong academic performance. Our program is totally free and available to all students from all backgrounds.

FX Experience Program

One of the programs that enriches and multiplies the added value of FX ANIMATION training: learning through experience, leaving the classroom, leaving a controlled and protected environment, and facing the real world. Through this program, the student is given the opportunity to develop communication, personal and interpersonal skills.

The objective is to integrate and relate the student to the work environment of the entertainment and audiovisual sector. Through their participation in cross-cutting projects, company internships and volunteering, the professional skills most valued by producers and companies are promoted. With this program we ensure that our students, in addition to being excellent technicians, become excellent professionals.

  • Internships in companies in the sector during training
  • Visit to London and networking with international production companies
  • Attendance at the main festivals in the sector: Mundos Digitales, BCN Film Fest, Animac…
  • Quarterly trips: visits to companies in the industry, exhibitions, workshops…
  • Volunteering in sector events
  • Masterclasses, workshops and workshops with featured gurus
  • Recruitment: every year at FX we organize a Job Fair (employment market) with national and international companies who recruit students for their subsequent hiring. The students also learn how to pass a job interview.
  • Participation in crosscutting film / videogame / 3D projects through SeñoraX, our associate producer.
  • Pitching practices: How to sell a film project
  • Personal marketing
  • Seminars
  • Company seminars
  • Seminar hosting

E-Sports Program

E-Sports is a discipline that consists of the practice of playing videogames at a competitive level, through leagues and tournaments. E-Sports are enjoying their finest hour in terms of recognition, investment and relevance.

FX ANIMATION is a pioneer school in incorporating E-Sports into academic life; one of the main objectives of the program is that students can play, enjoy and compete in videogames in a safe and controlled environment under the guidance of specialized trainers.

In the United States, educators and researchers affirm that this type of tournament is directly related to commitment and academic success and consequently, it reports very positive effects on learning and personal growth.

E-Sports are considered to be a highly effective tool to contribute to the development of the professional and individual competences and to promote cooperative work in the most innovative and cutting-edge classrooms and training centers such as FX ANIMATION.

Development of cognitive and interpersonal skills through E-Sports:

  • Critical and strategic thinking
  • Involvement and responsibility
  • Solving complex problems
  • Managing emotions
  • Performing under pressure
  • Communication and cooperation
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity and initiative

Instrumental skills directly related to the technique of the game include:

  • Reaction speed
  • Precision
  • Peripheral vision
  • Injury prevention
  • Attention and coordination

AlumniX Program

FX ANIMATION is the only film, 3D, videogame and animation school with a totally free graduate student program. The Alumni-X program was born in recognition of the effort and work invested by our graduates. Proud of our young, bright and well-prepared students, we continue to accompany them once they have completed their studies.

Our job board, network of contacts, events and constant promotion on social networks, facilitate their incorporation into the work world immediately. Linked to the school through the Alumni-X program, graduates will continue to evolve professionally.