Diploma in Visual Effects For Film & TV Online


Program Description

Visual Effects

Visual effects is the balanced amalgamation of the left brain and right brain thinking. Artists rely on technical skills and software knowledge to bring creative ideas to life and a filmmaker’s vision to the screen.

Toronto Film School’s Visual Effects (VFX) Diploma deconstructs the VFX pipeline with a cumulative approach to teaching the art. Each term yields a practical outcome that prepares students to take up industry assignments. Students start working with a still shot, blend it with 3D assets and film and then add visual effects. The program culminates with students pulling all this together and creating the final VFX shot that is then evaluated by industry professionals.

Students graduate prepared to handle complex VFX assignments and with a diverse portfolio that maximizes employment prospects.

What Sets the Program Apart


The diploma is designed for asynchronous delivery, so you can learn at your own pace, at any time of the day. Through online learning tools and course software, you can reach out to your instructors and peers at a time most convenient to you.


The online diploma is designed by learning experts to maintain high levels of interactivity and engagement between instructors and students. Students regularly discuss work online, while developing invaluable professional communication skills for interacting with clients and co-workers.

Convenience and Accessibility

All online coursework can be completed remotely. Students do not have to be Toronto residents or commute to class to experience an interactive learning environment.

Skill-oriented Education

The way we teach VFX is like learning a language – you start from learning the ‘words’ (individual skills) and then use the ‘words’ to form ‘sentences’ (VFX shots).. Every term is designed to yield practical outcomes, equipping you with the skills to take up industry assignments.

Industry Professionals

Students are mentored by industry-active professionals who bring to class rich work experience, and an opportunity for students to build a professional network.

Top-ranked Film School

Toronto Film School features as one of the world’s top film schools in the QS Top Universities rankings and takes the top spot for a Canadian film school in CEOWORLD Magazine’s top 10 best film schools in the world.

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Career Directions

  • VFX Artists
  • Texture Artists
  • Compositors
  • Environment Artists
  • Light and Layout Artists
  • VFX Editor

Practical Learning Outcomes

  • VFX Shot Design
  • Authoring 3D Assets
  • Compositing 2D and 3D elements
  • Perspective matching
  • Replacing green screen
  • Colour correction and grading

Admission Requirements

To become a Student at Toronto Film School:

  • You must have an Ontario secondary school diploma (Grade 12) or its equivalent.
  • You may be asked to take a mature student test if you are over 18 and not enrolling directly from secondary school.
  • You must meet the program-specific requirements.

Visual Effects Requirements

To apply for our Visual Effects Diploma, you need:

  • A Canadian High School Diploma (Grade 12) or its equivalent.
  • A completed mature student test, which can be administered online, if you are over 18 years old and have not graduated from high school. Please discuss this with your Admissions Advisor.


  • Four photography pieces following specific guidelines: a portrait, a landscape, a product, and an action shot.
  • All these shots must be unaltered and at the HD resolution of 1920×1280.
  • Assessment criteria: ability to take direction, an existing understanding of perspective, color, composition, the aptitude for capturing images and telling stories with them.

The guidelines for shots are designed to be consistent with the skills students will develop in Term 1.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

Toronto Film School ranked as a top film school by the QS World University Rankings offers a fast-paced and highly collaborative the learning environment, designed to arm you with the theory and skill ... Read More

Toronto Film School ranked as a top film school by the QS World University Rankings offers a fast-paced and highly collaborative the learning environment, designed to arm you with the theory and skills needed to pursue your passion. Whether your aspirations are in film, design, video games or fashion, Toronto Film School is where you will find a creative community, award-winning instructors, and a network of peers to propel you into the career you dream of. Read less
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