PIXL VISN | media arts academy
PIXL VISN was founded in 2010 by industry professionals Andrei Stirbu and Robb Innes. We offer an accelerated 18-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.
PIXL VISN was founded in 2010 by industry professionals Andrei Stirbu and Robb Innes. We offer an accelerated 18-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”. PIXL VISN is consistently one of the best schools in the world: In 2018 2019 and 2021 we were listed in the TOP 10 of the best Visual Effects schools in the official "World School Rankings® 2019" at "The Rookies". In 2019 and 2021 we were also represented in the TOP 10 of the world's best Animation schools.
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
86% (Certified employment rate according to ICG employment statistic 2021)
PIXL VISN is located in the heart of Cologne at MediaPark with lots of shops and restaurants in the surroundings. Also the largest multiplex cinema in the Cologne area, called “Cinedom” is located directly opposite our building. Our modern facilities of almost 1,400 square meters and eight classrooms (each for at least 16 students) are designed in “studio-style” and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. We offer a green screen room and modern camera equipment can be borrowed.
Autodesk Maya, Foundry Nuke,Foundry Mari, Pixologic Z-Brush, Substance Suite, SideFX Houdini, RenderMan, Redshift, V-Ray, Arnold.
Graphics Workstations, Cameras, Greenscreen, Studio Lights.
Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork PIXL VISN | media arts academy students produce during their education.
•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
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Students learn to create computer generated images for both stylized 3D animated cartoons, as well as photorealistic work for use in VFX.
Following studios hire our graduates: These are some of the studios that regularly employ students from this school: PIXOMONDO and MPC (London, Montreal).
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 18-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 international studios such as Disney, ILM and Framestore. 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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