Effects Technical Direction

In the animation and visual effects (VFX) industries, an effects technical director is responsible for creating simulations for a variety of natural phenomena. Whenever a movie needs digital simulations of large-scale destructions, fluids, dust, or even steam coming off of a cup of coffee, the effects technical director is responsible for making it happen. An effects technical director is a combination of programmer and artist. Working with industry-standard tools, you will create special effects, motion graphics and animation. You will gain experience with digital lighting, video, audio and more.

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University. The Polytechnic specializes in team-based labs where you’ll test ideas, take things apart and put them back together — only better. You’ll learn side-by-side with professors who have worked in the industry and thrive on combining theory, imagination and real-world application. In this innovative environment, you'll learn by doing - gaining deep technical knowledge and applied skills in your chosen discipline coupled with problem-solving, critical-thinking, communication and leadership skills employers desire.

Effects Technical Direction Website

Plan of Study

Effects Technical Direction, BS

Related Career Interests

Careers in Effects Technical Direction

  • VFX Artist
  • VFX Technical Director
  • Technical Artist
  • 3D Compositor

Transfer to Effects Technical Direction

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information
T.R. Oneal
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