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Visual effects play an important role in the digital entertainment industry which includes film, television, animation and video games. Studios across BC and Canada are constantly looking for talented visual effect artists who have experience and training with industry standard software applications, such as Houdini. As the digital entertainment industry grows, demand for the following expertise increases:

  • Creating particle effects
  • Applying realistic physics
  • Creating effects for a variety of platforms such as film and game engines
  • Producing photorealistic effects for games, film and animation

The Statement of Completion in Houdini for Visual Effects and Dynamics provides you with skills in designing and producing visual effects for a variety of sectors in the digital entertainment industry. The three courses in this program build students’ proficiency and skills using Houdini, an industry standard, visual effects 3D software application used to design and create dynamic effects, such as particle systems, Pyro, Smoke, Destruction, Fluids and Collisions. In addition, the courses introduce the concept of the visual effects production pipeline to students, so you develop an understanding of different stages of effects production for animation, games and film.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person and online options

  • Part-time students have the option to take courses in person and/or online.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

About the statement of completion

This statement of completion is designed for professionals who are currently working in the digital entertainment industry and who would like to add expertise in creating visual effects and dynamics to their professional skillset, as well as for graduates of programs such as BCIT’s 3D Modeling, Art and Animation Diploma and the Technical Arts Advanced Diploma, or similar programs.

  • Three successive courses to complete the statement
  • Courses progressively develop your skills and mastery of Houdini
  • Courses delivered on-campus and online

Who should complete the Statement of Completion in Houdini for Visual Effects and Dynamic?

This statement of completion might be right for you if:

  • You want to expand your skillset with regard to in-demand software applications for the digital entertainment industry.
  • You want to enhance your employability and professional capacity in visual effects and dynamics.
  • You’d like to differentiate yourself as a visual effects artist.

You will work with industry instructors with real-world experience while taking advantage of flexible training through Part-time Studies.

What grads can do

With the applied training you receive throughout this BCIT Statement of Completion in Houdini for Visual Effects and Dynamics, you will build a solid foundation using an industry standard, visual effects 3D software application, to add to your existing professional toolbox and enhance your career as a visual effects artist.

Entrance Requirements

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course or work towards a credential — all at a pace that’s right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there’s space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

Applicants to the BCIT School of Business are required to have completed two years of full-time study in high school or post-secondary program in English in an English speaking country. If you do not have English 12 and have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Formal application to the Statement of Completion is not required. Upon successful completion of the courses, email the program contact with your full name, student number, and mailing address to be issued a Statement of Completion.

Costs & Supplies


Important Updates to Part-time Studies

1) Need to waitlist for a School of Business + Media course? Find out more.
2) English Requirement: Find out more.

Program Details

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Ramin Shadmehr
Program Head

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