Houdini | FX Track

Learn how to harness fire, water, smoke, and more in a track that unravels the mysteries of the industry-standard tools and techniques for control of simulation-based animation

Courses start on April 15th, 2023


Understand the role of the VFX Artist

Imagine the power to control the elements: directing the flow of water, shaping smoke, or conjuring flames. What about the ability to micromanage the movement of a million tiny particles? Or orchestrate the destruction of vehicles, buildings, and entire worlds? Better still, how about performing all these feats at the same time? That, in a nutshell, is what it means to work as an FX artist (aka effects technical director). The role of VFX artist is one of the more demanding in entertainment design, requiring strong coding chops, mathematical smarts, an appreciation of physics, plus a solid art foundation on which to build everything. This is where our VFX/Houdini Track comes in. With a comprehensive suite of classes based around the use of film industry-standard tool Houdini, students, from beginners to advanced, will learn how to master pyro and fluid effects, cloth, crowds, destruction, and more. The track also includes training for those looking at an FX-based role at a games development studio, with the unique demands of controlling particle, environmental, and other simulation-based animation within a real-time pipeline all covered in-depth.

As you complete each VFX online course, you will receive a certificate of completion for that course. In order to qualify for a course certificate of completion, students must complete at least 80% of the class assignment during the duration of the course.

Should you have any questions regarding these courses please contact [email protected]. Additionally, you only pay for the course(s) you take in a given term.

CGMA is proud to be a Houdini Certified partner for the 2022/2023 academic year. SideFX has an annual renewal process for certification, and certification status is not guaranteed from year to year. (Please note that Houdini licenses for students are not available to programs that are exclusively offered online.) For questions about student benefits, please contact SideFX.

Understand the role of the VFX Artist

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January 21st- April
14th 2023
April 15th - July
7th 2023
July 8th - September
30th 2023
September 30th - December
22nd, 2023

As you complete each course, you will receive a certificate of completion for that course. In order to qualify for a course certificate of completion, students must complete at least 80% of the class assignment during the duration of the course.  

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  • Zoltan

    Mahreen was really helpful during the course, she gave me precise and clear feedback that really pushed my work forward. I liked that she had a different approach to things than Ben from the videos because it was helpful to see two points of view and it made things easier to understand.

  • Megan

    Loved Mahreen as a teacher, very helpful feedback and encouraging.

  • Jenn

    She did a good job explaining things and giving advice on how to refine my work further.

  • Nicolas Rivera

    I had a great time with the course, there were a lot of examples that showcased different aspects of using flip in Houdini, and the lecturer provided us projects that helped utilize and practice that knowledge.

  • Vaimiti Guesdon

    Ed is the best VFX Lead that I had the chance to learn with.

  • Nicolas Rivera

    Really enjoyed learning from Edward Ferrysienanda, really friendly and learnt a from him and his course.

  • Carlos Puccio

    Timothy always shows his passion as an FX artist and TD, in the Q&I and reviews he was searching what were our goals as artists for supporting and helping us to enhance that skill.

  • Natalie

    Michele has been a great help throughout this course, always giving useful and easy to follow recommendations and critique.

  • Cassidy Handford

    He did a great job, he always answered forum questions quickly and provided feedback on time. The lessons were all very clear and covered a good range of useful and industry relevant topics.

  • Andrew Malvasio

    Very happy with this course it was exactly what I was looking for to get me jump started in Nuke.

  • Hayden Matheson

    My instructor was very detailed when explaining the functions and steps to complete the desired task. He didn’t just give the technical reasons but shared his experience from an artistic point of view. His personality and approach to handling students is friendly and met with enthusiasm. Assets of a great teacher.

  • Divya Jadhav

    Behnam Shafiebeik is really a great instructor. He made the process of learning Nuke for production quite simple, by breaking it down in to parts that could be understood and exercised in a weeks duration.

  • Evelyn Yao

    Great instructor! Always very clear on videos and feedbacks as well as live Q & A.

  • Marian Aquilizan

    Behnam is a great instructor! He was very patient and answered questions in detail.

  • Daniel Hansz

    He is a passionate, generous person, exactly type of professional you want giving training. I really enjoyed his personality and the way he approaches the students always positive and encouraging every work, and every quality level.

  • Molly Gilmore

    Very knowledgeable.

  • Daniel

    Martin is fantastic and I’d love to take another course by him.

  • Jennifer

    [Martin] is resourceful in technical and artistic in the level of seeing the big picture of the composition.