3,5 months full time course

with lecturers from the industry, involved in international productions such as

Game of Thrones, Grand Budapest Hotel, Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy

Online Lessons in English


Visual Effects, Compositing, 3D Animation, Modeling, Matte Painting

with After Effects, Nuke, Blender, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere.

The compact course for getting started in the world of visual effects.

Lead Lecturer's Showreel:  Andreas Dahn


20.02.2023 - 26.05.2023


3,5 months 

(560 hours à 45 Min.)


Monday-Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00

Friday: 09:00-13:00





As a citizen of Germany or an EU citizen living in Germany, funding is possible with an education voucher (Bildungsgutschein) from the Agentur für Arbeit / Jobcenter (Employment Agency, 100% funding).

See below.


962 / 306 / 2021

You need this number when you apply for an education voucher (Bildungsgutschein) from the Agentur für Arbeit / Jobcenter (Employment Agency)

Visual effects (VFX) have long been an integral part of modern film production. In a variety of techniques and work steps, film worlds are created in a wide variety of genres such as feature films, series, image films and commercials. The VFX compact course offers a profound basis for starting a career in this sought-after industry.

In the professional creation of visual effects, a whole range of specialized programs are used, which require artistic and technical skills. In three coordinated modules, they are conveyed and made familiar to the participants in many exercises and applications.

At the end of the course, each participant compiles the results of their own work into their own showreel, in which they can use the skills they have acquired in the areas of compositing, modeling, rigging, lighting, shading, texturing, animation, 3D tracking, simulations & particles, matte painting, rendering, editing and grading.

It is a full time course, it lasts 3.5 months (Mon-Thu: 9:00-17:00 / Fri: 9:00-13:00). It is led by lecturers who are themselves active in the professional media industry and can convey the current requirements of their specialist area from their own experience.

Theoretical lessons are constantly alternating with practical exercises, the result of which at the end of the course is a series of completed practice projects in which every participant was involved and from which everyone can create their own showreel.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at technically interested creatives who have not previously worked in the field of effects or animation, or who have only worked superficially, and who want to develop their skills.

The showreel that is created in the course is helpful to prove the skills acquired and can serve as a basis for applications to film and media schools or for applications for entry-level positions in animation, VFX and post-production companies.

The knowledge acquired is also helpful when designing your own short films and image films.

Participation requirements

Admission to the course takes place after a written application (including CV) and an online interview, in which it is determined whether the course is suitable for the applicant.

Previous knowledge of a specific software is not required, but basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premiere or After Effects or other graphics software is an advantage. Knowledge of film design or photography, image composition and color design is also helpful.


The VFX compact course can be funded as a qualification measure with an education voucher from the German Agentur für Arbeit / Jobcenter (Employment Agency, 100% funding). This applies to job seekers as well as to companies and employees as long as they are citizens of Germany or an EU citizen living in Germany. More information below.

Further Informations

The course lasts 14 weeks and takes place in the form of online lessons, so you can participate from home or another location. Please note the technical requirements for participation: more information is available here.

The software is provided by the Schnitt Academy (for PC and Mac), the exercise material is created by the participants themselves during a day of shooting in Berlin or will be made available for those who cannot come to Berlin.

Participants who come from Berlin and the surrounding area can apply for a loan computer from the Schnitt Academy for the duration of the course, if necessary.

If you are not citizen of Germany or an EU citizen living in Germany you have the option of paying the course fee in installments via paypal. The conditions of paypal apply.



History of Visual Effects

Areas of application of visual effects

Planning of VFX projects

Rotate with green screen

Adobe After Effects CC

Basics Layer-based compositing

Import of VFX elements from Premiere and Photoshop

Reduce or add image noise

Handling alpha channels

Working with layer modes

Working with effect filters

Working with transformation tools

Application of color & luma keying

Apply and animate motion masks and filters

2D tracking

Linking layers

Nesting compositions


The Foundry Nuke

Working in Nuke 32bit colorspace

Working method with node-based compositing

Import of VFX elements from Premiere, Photoshop and Blender

Working with RGB, alpha and additional channels

Create and animate motion masks

Working with Transform & Distortion nodes

Working with color correction and grade nodes

Working with retiming nodes

Reduce or add image noise

Application of color & luma keying

Application of 2D tracking functions


Matte Painting: Adobe Photoshop

Basics for creating matte paintings

Import of VFX elements from Premiere

Working with layer modes

Dealing with clone and repair tools

Dealing with masking tools

Dealing with distortion tools

Handling Adjustment Layers

Handling effect filters

Working with the graphics tablet


Modeling & 3D-Animation: Blender

Basics in 3D animation

Import of image sequences from Premiere

3D tracking

Modeling solid surface objects

Working with hierarchies

Rigging Basics

Working with virtual cameras

Working with virtual light sources

Working with virtual materials

particle effects


Adobe Premiere CC

Editing basics

Import of movie files

Preparing VFX shots in Premiere

Working with layer modes

Working with color filters

Export VFX shots to Adobe After Effects

Re-import VFX shots from After Effects, Blender & Nuke

Editing Showreel


Andreas Dahn

has worked as a visual effects artist and director since 2001 and as a compositing artist on “Game of Thrones”, “Grand Budapest Hotel” and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”, among others. He studied scenic direction at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. In addition, he has practical experience in film model making and virtual reality.

Further information at

Nuke, After Effects

Felix Bucella

studied at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, where he now also teaches. He also works as a CG specialist and pipeline technical director at RISE Visual Effects Studios, among others.


Meike Deutscher

has been working as a freelance digital matte painting artist on cinema films, TV productions, animated films and commercials since 2008.

She studied interior design at the University of Applied Sciences in Hanover.

Matte Painting mit Photoshop

Dan Chisholm

has been working as a freelance editor, colorist and graphics artist on feature films, documentaries, commercials and award-winning short films and music videos for many years. He has been teaching at the Met Film School in London and Berlin since 2009.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC


The VFX compact course is certified as a qualification measure according to AZAV and §179 SGB III and can be funded with an education voucher from the German Agentur für Arbeit / Jobcenter (Employment Agency, 100% funding).

If you are a citizen of Germany or an EU citizen living in Germany and if you want to apply for an education voucher for the course, please follow the steps below:

First of all, please apply to us with a short CV to participate in the course.

We then have a online conversation with you to ensure that the course really makes sense for you and meets your expectations.

You will then receive a written offer from us to participate in the course.

You present this offer to the Jobcenter / der Agentur für Arbeit and apply for the education voucher.

If the Jobcenter / der Agentur für Arbeit agrees and you receive the education voucher, bring or send it to us, we will sign and stamp it, and you then give it back to your Jobcenter / der Agentur für Arbeit. This completes the bureaucratic process and the Jobcenter / der Agentur für Arbeit will cover the course costs for you.

Who can be funded with an Bildungsgutschein (education voucher)?

Job seekers as well as employees, regardless of training, age or (in the case of employees) the size of the company as long as you are a citizen of Germany or an EU citizen living in Germany. The new Qualification Opportunities Act will increasingly promote further training, especially in the digital area.

The decision to receive an education voucher lies with the respective clerk of the Jobcenter / Agentur für Arbeit.

Would you like to take part in this course?

Then we look forward to receiving an email from you:




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