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Diploma in Visual Effects (N78)




What will I learn?

First polytechnic diploma to offer one of Singapore's largest green screen studios as training facilities

Shoot your projects in stereoscopic 3D using High Definition (HD) cameras

Use professional software like Autodesk Maya, Pixologic Zbrush & the Foundry's NUKE to work on these projects

Build your visual effects showreel with the tools Hollywood effects studios use for movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens​​

Can you imagine Jurassic World without the pivotal scene where T-Rex devours I-Rex? Or Avengers: Age of Ultron without the Hulk or the maniacal robot Ultron? Thanks to the work of visual effects professionals, new worlds and never-before-seen characters are brought to life. If you want to be part of this creative design and entertainment industry, look no further.

The Diploma in Visual Effects (VFX) (previously known as Diploma in Digital Visual Effects) aims to equip aspiring visual effects artists with industry-based production techniques as well as key visual and creative skills. What’s more, with VFX’s revamped curriculum, you will get a solid grounding in core principles of visual communication, special effects and advanced post-production services.

Create Exciting 3D Content

As a VFX student, you will learn the fundamentals of storytelling and storyboarding, camera and lighting as well as animation. You will also get to create dramatic settings and characters using the latest industry-standard software such as NUKE, a high-end software compositing tool used by top Hollywood effects studios on movies such as The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.


You can pursue a career as a matte painter, concept artist, 3D modeller, compositor, rotoscope artist, motion graphics artist or match mover. You can even work in diverse industries that include film, television, new/social media and advertising.

Further studies

You may enjoy up to two years’ advanced standing for some degree programmes at local or overseas universities. For example, the Queensland University of Technology offers VFX graduates one and a half years’ advanced standing for its Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interactive and Visual Design) programme.

Which department am I in?

School of Film and Media Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,57,266) per year
Start date

Expected October 2023


School of Film and Media Studies

Blk 53-07- 01,

535 Clementi Road,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students


To be eligible for our diplomas, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–5 ('O' Level Grade); Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); Any two other subjects: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

You must have also sat for a Science or Art / Higher Art or Design & Technology or Food & Nutrition or a relevant OSIE / Applied Subject and fulfill the aggregate computation requirements.

Candidates with severe vision deficiency should not apply for the course. Those with colour vision deficiency are required to declare this condition at enrolment, as certain modules require colour recognition.


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