About School

ArtFX was created in 2004 by professionals from the cinema, animation, video game and visual effects industries. In 2019, ArtFX was recognized as the #1 school in the world for Visual Effects and #2 school in the world for 3D Animation and Video Games in The Rookies’ Production Excellence categories.

Based in Montpellier, ArtFX is one of the few European schools that specializes in both filming techniques and compositing. ArtFX alumni have a 98% job placement rate within major studios throughout France and around the world. ArtFX training programs are also renowned for being perfectly aligned with the demands of international studios.

ArtFX offers training in Houdini, Maya, Arnold, ZBrush, Unreal Engine 4, Unity 5, Mudbox, Nuke, Krita, Affinity Photo, Photoshop, RealFlow, Mari, Substance, Speed Tree, Golaem Photoscan, Game Maker Studio 2, 3ds Max, FPTrack, Autopano Pro, Storyboard Pro, Toon Boom Harmony, nCloth, Hair & Fur, Arnold, Redshift, Adobe Audition, After Effects, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Spine, among others.

Location: France Students: 101-500 Staff: 11-50 Founded: 2004 Type: Private Industries: 3D Animation, Game Design, Immersive Media, Motion Graphics, Other, Visual Effects

Success Stories

Courses prepare students for a successful transition to a professional working environment immediately following graduation: alumni receive their first job offer within an average of 20 days

A network of over 450 alumni working on the biggest productions in some of the largest studios around the world: Illumination Mac Guff, Double Negative, Framestore, Warner Bros, Industrial Light & Magic, Ubisoft, Mikros, MPC, Weta, The Mill, Mathematic, etc.

ArtFX alumni are also solicited to give informative presentations and provide workshop sessions within their expertise for current students.

Aymeric Ballester

Senior Digital Compositor, DNEG

Melanie Geley

Digital Matte Painter, Framestore

Yoann Gouraud

FX TD, Industrial Light & Magic

Elodie Hicksont

Lead Modeller, Illumination Mac Guff

Lou Cortes

Junior VFX Artist, Ubisoft Montpellier

Jordan Voisin

Lighting Artist, Eidos-Montreal

β€’Thibault Rhein (2018) | Junior Animator @ Dwarf Animation Studio.

The level of students coming out of ArtFX is so appreciated that I was very quickly entrusted with complex shots.

Antonin Seydoux

After working for the Duboi group, Antonin Seydoux joined the Mac Guff Ligne studio in 1998. Until 2010, he worked as a VFX Compositing and Supervisor graphic designer on a hundred advertising and film projects.

JΓ©rΓ΄me Duraud

Trained in visual arts and then traditional animation, JΓ©rΓ΄me Duraud has worked as an Animator, Character Animator and Animation Supervisor in a number of studios.

GaΓ«tan Blaise-Cazalet

Worked as a developer, software designer and project manager in the traditional computer and the online video game industries. Worked as a freelancer for mobile gaming studios and communications companies, as well as virtual and augmented reality projects.

Student Artwork

All ArtFX students, regardless of their specialization, will have experiences creating short VFX, 2D & 3D animation or stop-motion films, video games, VR projects, concept art, paintings, drawings, as well as physical and 3D sculptures.


Name Duration Price Intake Dates
Animation 2D (3 years), 3D (5 years) Year 1 = 7,000€. Years 2-5 = 8,000€ / year November - June
CGI & VF 5 years Year 1 = 7,000€. Years 2-5 = 8,000€ / year November - June
Video Games 5 years Year 1 = 7,000€. Years 2-5 = 8,000€ / year November - June
Programming for VFX & Video Games 2 years 8,000€ / year November - June
Fine Arts Foundation Year 1 years 5,100€ / year November - June


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