Visual Effects (VFX) For Stage and Screen

About Our Program

If you are interested in learning about the technologies used in production on movies and games such as "Avatar," "Beowulf," or "Assassin's Creed," then HFC's Visual Effects (VFX) for Stage and Screen program is for you. Our program combines the disciplines of computer science, art, music, theatre, dance, film and video to create a cutting-edge curriculum that redefines the nature of live theatrical performance. You will be well-versed in both stage and screen techniques, thoroughly prepared for entry-level employment in the areas of visual effects, digital compositing, green screen and motion capture, and well-qualified to transfer to any four-year gaming, animation, or film-making program across the nation.

The VFX for Stage and Screen curriculum covers all stages of game, TV and feature film production. You will learn about previsualization, pre-production, production and post-production, as well as the different workflows for HD, 2K, 4K, 5K, 35mm, 70mm, and IMAX formats. You will also gain experience using industry-standard visual effects software such as BLADE; Autodesk Maya, 3DSMAX, and Mental Ray; The Foundry Nuke; Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, and Encore; and legacy software for Alias, Kaydara, IQ, Wavefront and NewTek.

Our program is also the only CGI-based instruction in Michigan that includes motion capture. You will learn how to place and set body markers, capture and edit body data, and create a body motion capture that is mapped to a character using software such as Autodesk Motion Builder and Ascension Technologies Motion Star.

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Student Testimonials

  • Seann Lewis

    Owner, Lewis Renders and Seann Media Studio

    The VTL introduces students to the world of Hollywood Visual Effects. These skills can get you an animation job or help you get in to exclusive animation and CGI schools.

  • Courtney Butterfield

    BFA-Acting, Cornish University

    The Virtual Theatricality Lab’s Film Acting class helped me perfect my BFA audition and get accepted at a top-notch school!

  • Jonathan Stanley

    Jonathan Stanley

    IMDB credits

    HFC has a great variety of classes and opportunities. I did not want a degree nor did I want to transfer to a four-year school. I wanted the skills and knowledge to produce a motion picture. I found them at HFC’s VTL.

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Susan McGraw
FT Faculty - Telecommunication
A.A., Henry Ford College; B.A., Wayne State University; M.A., Wayne State University 313-845-9842