Major in Visual Effects

Create film special effects • Learn digital design • Impact the industry

Learn how to create expert visual effects.

When filmmakers can't physically shoot something with a camera, they'll turn to you to augment footage or create something entirely from scratch. With hands-on experience and state-of-the-art technology, you'll build a marketable film reel and develop the skills you need to impress industry professionals.

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Learn hands-on

You'll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry professionals who provide detailed feedback on your designs to help you learn. We keep our courses up-to-date with the latest technology and industry trends because we work alongside industry professionals.

Enjoy stellar curriculum

The JBU VFX curriculum covers multiple subjects with a focus on tools, processes, and workflow, utilizing software such as Blender, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, SynthEyes, Substance and more. 

Develop your portfolio

Graduate with an industry-standard, professional portfolio of work to show potential employers, developed with input from your professors and industry professionals.

Enhance your VFX skillset at JBU.

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What to expect as a visual effects student at JBU

Use a professional studio space

As a student at JBU, you'll work in a professionally equipped studio using the latest tools and techniques and be part of a team on high-quality creative projects. 

Enjoy incredible facilities

Our three art buildings provide over 45,000 sq. ft. of two state-of-the-art computer labs, multiple green screen areas, student innovation labs, a cutting edge VR lab and best in the area cyc wall and studio.

Receive one-on-one mentoring

JBU faculty pay attention to your individual areas of interest, your specific flare and niche and we train you to hone your own unique style and talents in the field of VFX.

What can you do with a visual effects degree?

The visual effects department wants to give students the resources and training to launch them ready for any area in the industry.

CG supervisor

A CG (computer-generated) supervisor is in charge of everything 3D. You’ll lead a team (or teams) of artists from modeling through rendering as well as being the one ultimately held accountable for the quality of their work.

VFX technical director

If you’re an FX TD, you’ll be in charge of designing and creating any effects such as explosions, fire, smoke, water, dust, clouds, debris and so on.

Digital matte painter

When you’re working as a matte painter, you can expect to spend most of your time in Photoshop. You’ll do everything from digital painting to image manipulation and compositing.

Visual effects producer

When your VFX studio is working on a big-budget film, its producers expect someone to be on set on a daily basis—someone who can interact with and manage the progress of the shots. 

Compositing artist

Working as a compositor, you’ll be expected to seamlessly integrate elements of a shot, merging CG elements into live-action footage. This requires a good eye for detail and being able to spot when things look out of place.


Matchmovers are essentially the bridge between 2D and 3D, so you’ll need a knowledge of both. You’ll also need an advanced understanding of how trackers work and how you can troubleshoot when a track isn’t giving you the expected results.

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