About School

PIXL VISN was founded in 2010 by industry professionals Andrei Stirbu and Robb Innes. We offer an accelerated 15-month 3D Animation and Visual Effects training program in a modern facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, located in the heart of Cologne, Germany. Instructors at PIXL VISN are a part of the industry: They work in relevant positions at major studios around the world helping to create major Hollywood feature films, hit television series and blockbuster video games. Our graduates have worked on productions like “Avengers: Endgame”, “Game of Thrones” and “Disney’s Dumbo”. In the official “World School Rankings® 2019” at “The Rookies”, PIXL VISN ranked 3rd in the ranking of the best Animation schools in the world and 10th in the ranking of the world's best Visual Effects schools.

General Info


Instructors are also working professionals who stay up to date through their full-time careers at major studios. These industry professionals are given regular feedback and guidance on educational methods. Staff stays updated on new software, features and workflows, with self guided learning resources

Employment Rates

85% (Certified employment rate according to ICG employment statistic 2019)

Student Showcase

Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork PIXL VISN | media arts academy students produce during their education.

Tom Römer

I hope to one day work at Naughty Dog where I want to create environments and props that fully immerse the player into the game.

Simon Pinsdorf

I want to participate in a fun project at a cool studio in a good work environment.

Karin Wolf

My goal is to become a professional modeling, texturing and sculpting artist.

Fabian Scholer

See a lot of places and people and work on cool stuff :D

Marius Pörsel

My career goals are to learn as much as possible as fast as possible and to use this knowledge to contribute for better results for everyone

Tom Herzig, PIXOMONDO Frankfurt

Thanks to PIXL VISN I was able to build a solid knowledge in a variety of branches in the VFX industry, which helps me a lot as a 3D Generalist. These 15 months of training with professionals of the industry became the basement of my way to be an efficient and reliable artist and made it possible to make my hobby a profession


At the PIXL VISN media arts academy , we prepare you directly for a job as a 3D artist. Our concept: Qualified, highly practice-oriented learning content, excellent advice plus professional creation of a convincing portfolio. Our curriculum is specifically geared towards the current requirements of the well-known visual effects studios in the field of film and games. With the PIXL VISN Diploma you have extensive job-related skills. And about exactly the specializations you actually need to start your career as a 3D artist. We make sure that you get the right contacts during your 3D animation intensive training. And as a graduate you can get started in your dream job straight away.

The 15-Month 3D Animation & VFX course is an intensive education focused on development of skills needed for production work. The curriculum is structured around project work. At regular intervals, large projects are assigned. Theory and learning exercises are chosen to support the projects by preparing the students before the project as well as reinforcing what was learned afterwards. Feedback and review is an important aspect of the education, and is done by experienced industry professionals.

From the first day of your 3D Animation & Visual Effects training, you will be part of the large PIXL VISN network: through live web conferences with your lecturers who work in leading North American studios such as Pixar, Rainmaker and Weta Digital. Through your mentors, who know firsthand what the industry expects from a 3D artist portfolio.

And through the direct contacts established through your lecturers and mentors to well-known visual effects studios in Germany, the USA and Canada. We use our contacts worldwide and our influence when hiring new 3D artists. We support you in getting your foot into the door of the studios after your Pixl Visn intensive training.

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