Visual Effects Major

Beginning in 2019 as one of the newest and most exciting majors on campus, the visual effects major will develop student's skills in filmmaking  and visual techniques by combining digital manipulation, design, computer modeling, texturing, video editing, visual effects I and II, color and digital imaging technician. Students develop professional film reels as their senior project and complete internships, which gives them experience for their careers of choice and competitive in the professional filmmaking world.

Typical visual effects projects include actor, item and background replacement via rotoscoping and green screen keying.  

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Bachelor in Visual Effects + Master in Business Administration

John Brown University's Visual Effects + MBA program helps students develop a portfolio of visual effects skills combined with business and management skills and leadership strengths that will enable them to excel in their areas of calling, empower their colleagues, and be light and salt in the world. With JBU’s culture of training the head, heart, and hand infused into its programs, JBU visual effects + MBA graduates are uniquely prepared to offer leadership with character, competence, and conscience.

The Visual Arts Department has awesome facilities: two large buildings in the center of campus with over 36,000 sq. ft and every resource an art student needs. Students have 24-hour access to both buildings. Our newest building is a 10,000 sq. ft. “art barn” on the north side of campus with additional space for photography studios, drawing and painting, ceramics, a visual effects/virtual reality work space, a wood shop and individual artist stations.


Studio Capabilities


Dive into the world of virtual reality with HTC VIVE. Blending high-fidelity visuals, optimized ergonomics, and a Hi-Res soundstage, it offers a fully immersive experience that blurs the line between the real and virtual worlds.

VIVE Studios is our virtual reality brand building hardware, software and creative platform to unleash imaginations from the limits of our tangible world. Jump into the future of art, storytelling, gaming, enterprise and entertainment.


Rokoko's Smartsuit Pro and Motion Library provides creators with the ability to build motion assets as if they were using a full-scale motion capture studio, but in a much more affordable, easy, and instant way. 

This changes everything in the motion capture business—no expensive camera grids to lease, rig up, and maintain. Instead, a Smartsuit enables the actor to deliver a top performance by communicating wirelessly with the Smartsuit Studio. Once a range of motions and scenes are recorded, the software can output to whatever platform the creator requires, as they develop their movie, game, or animated project.


In movies and on television, actors walk — and sometimes fly — through elaborate and fantastic landscapes that simply don't exist in the real world.

All of this happens with the help of backdrops of brightly colored fabric or paint, and a process called "chroma keying.” Chroma keying allows media technicians to easily separate green screens and panels from the people standing in front of them and replace those backgrounds with pretty much anything — from animated weather maps to the skyline of 1930s-era New York City to the icy wall guarded by the Night's Watch in HBO's hit TV series "Game of Thrones."


The highly-anticipated RED EPIC-W/HELIUM 8K S35 contains he HELIUM sensor that maintains RED DRAGON's reputation of delivering superior image quality and massive dynamic range, all while incorporating groundbreaking 8K resolution in an S35 frame. The RED EPIC-W 8K camera supports RED's commitment to putting industry-leading cinema tools in the hands of many.




A massive online library of thousands of physically based material and object scans.





SynthEyes is a standalone application optimized for camera, object, geometry, and planar tracking, stabilization, and motion capture, with high performance and a huge feature list at an affordable price. You will use SynthEyes for object insertion, fixing shaky shots, virtual sets, stereoscopic production, 360°VR, architectural previews, accident reconstruction, product placement, face and body capture.




Get the largest VFX Stock Footage library in the world. The ActionVFX Drive brings you all of our collections at a highly discounted price. With our elements at your disposal, you'll spend less time searching for assets, and more time creating VFX magic. The ActionVFX Drive is used by the top studios in the world.