Adelaide, South
Australia—The visual effects process is all about blending the
perfect mix of ingredients to create a spectacular outcome. For students
desperate to learn how to create exciting visual effects, the mix of theory and
practical experience needs to be just right for them achieve the ultimate
outcome – work in the industry.
For two aspiring
young visual effects artists, UniSA’s Graduate Certificate in Visual Effects at
Rising Sun Pictures has provided exceptional experiential learning
opportunities and crucially, their first jobs in industry. Landing a first job
was a hurdle that UniSA lecturer in CGI for the Bachelor of Media Arts Dr Josh
McCarthy was sure members of the first group of Grad Cert in Visual Effects
students would jump over considering the industry’s almost insatiable need for
fresh talent.
Joseph Roberts and Tim Fagan

“The opportunity
for our students to work with some of the leading visual effects artists in the
country at Rising Sun Pictures is exceptional,” Dr McCarthy says. “At UniSA we
are committed to embedding the latest visual effects software in our teaching
as well as providing important collaborative industry partnerships with
companies such as Rising Sun Pictures so students can learn how industry-standard
tools are used to their maximum potential in the workplace.

experiential learning opportunities Joseph Roberts and Tim Fagan experienced
with Rising Sun Pictures were of the highest level and clearly fired up their
creativity and provided the opportunity to step into professional contract and
internship roles.”
comprehensive 12-week visual effects training program with Rising Sun Pictures
allows students to work consistently with shots from actual movies and requires
they perform up to industry standards.
Tim Fagan will complete his study this week and is confident about
heading straight to Sydney for a three month internship at Animal Logic. “The
course has been very practical, often teaching us new techniques or approaches
on a particular topic and then allowing us to apply those techniques
immediately to a shot,” Tim says. “Delivering work and receiving feedback from
industry professionals, you quickly learn the standards that are required.
“We work through
shots in a very similar way to how they work on the studio floor, using Shotgun
to submit work and by delivering quality final pieces we and potential
employers can have confidence in our ability.”
Joseph Roberts
has always enjoyed creating things and with highly developed digital art skills
he has thrived in the graduate certificate working with the type of assets and
shots that go into digital creations. “The course is focused on practical
skills and so delivers a more creative and visual learning environment,” Joseph
says. “Creating shots exactly how they do them on the floor is the best way to
show people you have what it takes to work in the industry and with the rate at
which the industry is evolving the best training is working in a VFX house.
“This course
puts you in the same building as currently practicing VFX artists which means
you can simply walk over and start talking to anyone on the floor and start
making real connections.”
Program details 
Sun Pictures [“RSP”] is internationally renowned for providing stunning visual
effects for live-action feature films. Since 1995, the company’s studio has
worked on over 100 feature films including X-Men: Apocalypse, Pan, Tarzan,
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Gravity, The Wolverine, The Great Gatsby,
Prometheus, The Hunger Games
, the Harry Potter series, Pirates of
the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Terminator Salvation
and many more.
12-week intensive program offers rising visual effects artists the opportunity
to work on real world visual effects [“vfx”] challenges in a simulated
production environment at the Adelaide studios of Rising Sun Pictures.
Combining the use of industry tools such as Nuke, 3DEqualizer, Maya and
Shotgun, students are able to up-skill existing technical and creative skills
to achieve tangible industry outcomes.
UniSA/Rising Sun Pictures program has another two intakes for 2016 with a
maximum of 10 students admitted each round. These intakes commence in April and

Applications for this postgraduate qualification are made through the University
of South Australia’s direct entry system, Apply Online.
Applicants must hold a relevant Advanced Diploma or Bachelor qualification and
must submit a showreel (demonstrating their vfx work to date) as well as a
current CV with their application. Application details can be found at

Applications for 2016 are now open – click here for Program details
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