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About the Advanced Specialization Programs (ASP’s) Using VFX Workflows:

The strength of the JHI course curriculum lies in its ability to feature workflows that mimic The Visual Effects (VFX) Pipeline in digital content creation. Among the courses listed here, you will find Program Workflow Tracks that cover specific workflows in animation and VFX production. These are the VFX tracks available via the Advanced Specialization Programs (ASP's):

  • Modeling → Texture → Surfacing (Lookdev) Workflow (using courses from Modeling, Texturing, and Surfacing and Shader Development).
  • Lighting → Compositing Workflow (using courses from Lighting and Compositing).
  • Animation/Camera Layout → Animation Workflow (using courses from Previz/Anim Layout and Animation).
  • Animation → FX Workflow (using courses from Animation and FX).
  • Animation → TechAnimation Workflow (using courses from Animation and TechAnimation).
  • Rigging → TechAnimation/Character FX Workflow (using courses from Rigging and TechAnimation).
  • Production Management Workflow (using courses from Production Management).
  • Production Pipeline Workflow (using courses from most disciplines to create a character and a rig asset and build the character from concept to compositing).
  • Narrative  (using courses from Art, Narrative Studies, and relevant disciplines).

Summary of Courses by Discipline

Presented in alphabetical order (descriptions available upon request and open to modification based on need):


  • ANIMATION (ANM)
  • ART (ART)
  • CAMERA TRACKING AND MATCHMOVING (CTM)
  • CHARACTER RIGGING, TECHNICAL ANIMATION/CHARACTER FX (CFX)
  • COMPOSITING (CMP)
  • COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND PROGRAMMING (CGP)
  • FX AND DYNAMICS (FXD)
  • LIGHTING (LGT)
  • LOOK AND SHADER DEVELOPMENT (LDV)
  • MODELING (MOD)
  • NARRATIVE STUDIES (NS)
  • PIPELINE MANAGEMENT (PPT)
  • PREVIS AND LAYOUT (PRL)
  • PRODUCTION (PROD)
  • PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT (PMT)
  • RIGGING, TECHANIM, CHARACTER FX (RTC)
  • SOFTWARE TOOLS (ST)
  • TEXTURING (TXR)

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Program Options and Formats:

VFX industry professionals with experience leading teams and supervising tent-pole Hollywood projects for animation, VFX, features, games, commercials, and themed entertainment support all program options. 


Pick a program option that is best suited to your learning style:

  • (O) Location-based, on-site
  • (R) Online through the JHI’s Remote Education Network (REN)
  • (H) Hybrid - a weighted combination of on-site and REN. The weighting is dependent on audience needs and availability.


A. One-on-one mentoring (hands-on):

This workshop is available in the following formats:

* on-site (O)

* REN (R)

It is best suited for you if you  are working on a project and need help with specific topics and workflows. It will offer you one-on-one mentoring by a VFX industry professional allows you to incorporate industry best practices into your projects.


B. One-week (30 hrs.) or two-week (60 hrs.) intensive workshops (hands-on with demo/lecture):

This workshop is available in the following formats:

* on-site

* REN

* hybrid

It is best suited for you if you have a  fundamental knowledge of a discipline and are aiming to specialize in that specific discipline. It will offer you hands--on, intensive learning experience that covers VFX industry best practices for a specific discipline (e.g., matte painting); ideal for learners who are on tight schedules; emphasis on developing your portfolio.


C. 16-week (48 hrs.) semester or quarter coursework; Multi-year Certificate/Diploma track options also available (hands-on with demo/lecture):

This workshop is available in the following formats:

* on-site

* REN

* hybrid

It is best suited for you if you have a fundamental knowledge of a discipline and are aiming to specialize in that specific discipline. It will offer you hands--on, extended learning experience that covers VFX industry best practices for a specific discipline (e.g., organic modeling); emphasis on developing your portfolio.


D. Two-day (6-7 hrs. each day) seminars (demo/lecture):

This workshop is available in the following formats:

* on-site

* REN

It is best suited for you if you need to delve into the workflows for a range of topics.

It will offer you in-depth understanding of VFX industry best practices over a range of topics.


E. Two-day (6-7 hrs. each day) Masterclass (hands-on with demo/lecture):

This workshop is available in the following formats:

* on-site

* REN

It is best suited for you if you need to specialize in a specific discipline (e.g., texturing).  It will offer you an understanding of the discipline/stage best practices with emphasis on developing your professional portfolio.


F. 4-week workshop in Los Angeles (hands-on with demo/lecture):

This workshop is available in the following formats:

* on-site

It is best suited for you if you need to specialize  in a specific discipline (e.g., animation).  It will offer you immersive, hands-on workshops that result in professional, portfolio-quality work and exposure to Hollywood and studio environs.


G. Combine B and D:

This workshop is available in the following formats:

* on-site

* REN

It is best suited for you if you need an in-depth understanding followed by a hands-on workshop.  It will offer you a  combination of theory and practice that covers the principles and VFX industry best practices.


H. Combine B, C, D, E, F for Workflow learning:

This workshop is available in the following formats:

* on-site

* REN

* hybrid

It is best suited for you if you aim to master the workflow between two or more stages (e.g. Modeling/Texturing).  It will offer you an  intimate understanding of workflows in animation and VFX stages.

Sample 4-week intensive programs (modifiable according to VFX workflow track):

Due to the intensive nature of 4-week options, each class is limited to 12-15 participants. Since the workshops incorporate craft-based workflow instruction, all participants are expected to have a basic familiarity with the software applications being used to teach the craft for the workflows. There are prerequisites for each workshop. Please review the prerequisites before enrolling for a program option.


Sample Program 1: Animation Fundamentals Workflow:
This hands-on workshop/class introduces the fundamentals of motion to animation and VFX professionals using Autodesk’s Maya.

Prerequisite: You need to have basic knowledge of Maya and substantial experience within the area of digital media arts.


Sample Program 2: Modeling and Texturing Workflow:

This hands-on workshop covers the workflow for modeling and texturing (for hard-surfaces and organic models) using Autodesk’s Maya and Foundry’s Mari.

Prerequisite: You need to have a basic knowledge of Maya and familiarity with 2-D and 3-D principles.


Sample Program 3: Lighting and Compositing Workflow:

This workshop covers the lighting to compositing shot workflow for all CG and live action/VFX projects, using Autodesk’s Maya and the Foundry’s Nuke.

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