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Intro to VFX & 3D Animation

Explore the world of VFX and Animation

This course aims to demystify the visual effects and animation industry by providing a core understanding of the workflows, processes and tasks involved in contemporary digital visual effects, animation and post-production.

Conducted by industry leader and creative professional, Alexander Hoetzer, you will be prepared to engage with a wide range of creative industries, and in a wide range of tasks. Gain insider perspectives on professional creative processes which will help close knowledge gaps in foundational topics and provide and overall perspective of visual effects and animation workflows.

It doesn’t matter how close or distant your dreams are, it is always good to know more. And this course is designed to help you choose the right pathway towards your first production, your first job, or just so you know what is going on behind the scenes of a blockbuster.

Build confidence and awareness of industry standard practice as well as an awareness of opportunities and pathways into the industry.

Understand how visual effects and animation companies work on the inside, and what they need from those on the outside.

Learn the correct terminology, processes and workflows necessary to communicate confidently and effectively.

Is the Intro to VFX & 3D Animation right for you?

This is an introductory course and is designed to appeal to anybody seeking to know more about contemporary animation and visual effects. No prior knowledge or experience of visual effects, animation or filmmaking is needed.

Suited for:

  • Anyone looking towards a career in visual effects or animation
  • Filmmakers and other screen content producers looking to integrate visual effects
  • Production management personnel who need know more
  • This course is open to students aged 16 years and over (students under 18 must complete an Under 18 consent form).


Other introductory courses that may be of interest include Intro to Volume Studio Basics and Intro to Producing & Screen Business 

If you are an industry practitioner interested in upskilling from the producing perspective of virtual production and VFX check out Producing for Virtual Production & VFX

What participants have said:

“I was hoping to gain a greater understanding of the industry’s structures and practices. I got to tick those boxes, but was surprised and really glad to also gain a great view into the fundamental philosophy and creative viewpoints that underpin the industries, and how they interact (or don’t) with other areas like physical production. I also really like the reference materials, they are very comprehensive and will be great reference tools in the future. Lastly but most importantly, Alex was a really engaging and energetic character, which I think is so important for an online course.” – Patrick

“It was an ideal snapshot into vfx and animation, whilst also challenging thoughts and assumptions about the VR space in a factual and informative way. The structure was useful to open up a world of CGI in compartmental stages of a topic that is very broad and overwhelming in terms of constant new information relevant to the film industry and those who work in it.” – Tyme

Meet Your Tutors

Alexander Hoetzer

Alexander Hoetzer is an experienced visual effects artist with almost 20 years’ experience in a range of screen industries, across…

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What you will need

This course is delivered live 100% online via Zoom Video.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, sound and good internet connection, and a quiet place to participate. Headphones are recommended.

Once enrolled we will send you further instructions and a link to the Zoom sessions.

Intro To Vfx & 3D Animation Offerings


13 May 2024 to 30 May 2024

3 x Mon & Thu 6pm-8pm AEST video chat sessions. 13 & 16 + 20 & 23 + 27 & 30 May

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price including the early bird discount, as it is currently more than 14 days from commencement of the course.

You will need a computer with speakers, a microphone & webcam (built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth), and good internet connection

For more information please email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877 or to register for future offerings click here


Register your interest to stay up-to-date on future offerings, application or enrolment dates, and more information on this course.


This course is open to students aged 16 years and over (students under 18 must complete an Under 18 consent form).

If a student wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

AFTRS will make every effort to ensure the scheduled run of any course.

If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with AFTRS that the course is confirmed before you make your travel bookings. This decision is dependent on course enrolments meeting minimum numbers. AFTRS is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred through course cancellation at any time for any reason.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds here.