Visual FX & Animation dBs Certificate - 1 year

Learn by doing. And doing. And doing. From day one, pick up industry-standard tools and start making the impossible. Collaborate closely with filmmakers and clients. Give your creative brain a workout and walk away with a stunning showreel of original work.

HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

We don’t like to waste time at dBs Film Berlin. From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll be handed the tools, a quick instruction, a challenge - and you’re off. Our industry-professional tutors will guide you along the way and help you set the bar high for yourself, but the classroom is not the focus of your time with us. It’s not where you learn the most.

You learn by doing. And you’ll be doing a lot.

Key Facts

Term time: September 17, 2018 - May 25, 2019

Course fees: PILOT RATE - from €495/month

Deadline: August 15, 2018

FOCUS ON QUANTITY

The creative world isn’t one of perfect blank canvases, unlimited time and endless budgets. It’s a scrappy, messy free-for-all. Those that can stride headfirst into the fray with a clear vision and the confidence to execute it will come out on top. That’s where we come in.

From weekly collaborations with students from the film and music programs to training in industry-standard levels of quality to dreaming up your own worlds to create and execute, you’ll never want for something to do. The more hands-on time you’re having, practicing the software and digital tools, learning to work with others - and the more playful you are along the way - the more you’ll learn.

Forget the long, boring courses with a single final project. Here you’ll be engaged on projects all the way down the pipeline from start to finish every week, sometimes more.

Got no experience?
Don’t worry. We’ll take care of that for you.

...AND QUALITY

You’ll do a lot, but you’ll also do it well. In addition to the constant array of smaller projects training your creative mind to attack problems, our course is also designed to give you several large-scale projects to bolster your showreel with original work.

You’ll have far more than a single piece of work to show for your year with us. You’ll be standing on a mountain of work, and we’ll help you fine-tune the best to set your reel apart from the crowd.

FIND YOUR CALLING

Visual effects is a big place. How do you know where your strengths lie? Are you an animator or motion design artist? Are you more comfortable compositing or retouching? Do you like modelling more, or lighting? What about any combination of the above, and more?

You won’t know until you try. Our one-year course is crafted to force you into every conceivable role - not a taste, but a full-on dunk. Try everything so you’ll know where you gravitate towards, then focus on that area and dive deeper.

BANISH PERFECTIONISM

There’s no time to be precious in the creative industries. Make something, show it, get honest, constructive feedback from your tutors, peers and the public, then try again. Try better. Do better. Again and again.

The more feedback you get, the better you’ll get. Put yourself out there, learn to be confident in the vulnerability of unfinished work, and your portfolio will shine. More importantly, you won’t be afraid. You’ll be bold.

We require students to always be publishing their work on as many public channels as possible. You’ll benefit from outside critique, and while doing so you will fill out a robust online presence that’s more likely to attract further collaborators, clients, or even employers.
Don’t go to them. Make them come to you.

JUST DO IT

You want to learn the VFX industry tools of the trade in a collaborative, intensive, fun-loving environment, right? You want to learn from industry professionals who know that you can only get better by doing as much as possible, right? You want to explore all aspects of the industry roles so you can find where your strengths are and fine-tune them, right? You want a showreel that kicks ass, right?

So what are you waiting for?

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