|Level of studies:||master’s degree|
|Recommended high school specialisation:||Artistic|
|Starting salary:||€ 2,500|
|Salary after experience:||€ 3,166|
The responsibilities of a VFX Artist
Whether they work as a studio employee or at home by being freelance, a VFX Artist will have to meet their manager’s expectations. In other words, they will have to follow precise specifications to achieve the special effects. In detail:
- It will take specifications into
- They design special effects and can draw them on a storyboard or create a model beforehand.
- They are consistent and work to deadlines
- They integrate effects into the game engine and make the necessary adjustments
- They carry out technical and artistic oversight
The qualities of a VFX Artist
A VFX Artist should be a person who knows how to work in a team, but that is not all. They must also be able to:
- Work hard
- Be creative
- Be inventive
- Be meticulous
The skills of a VFX Artist
Their job is a mix of technique and artistic skills, and so a VFX Artist’s skills are varied and can only be learned by completing a high-level training course. They must understand:
- How to animate images
- Understand the graphic production chain
- 2D and 3D software
- Content integration tools
- Game engines
- The concepts of anatomy, architecture and art
Avantages et inconvénients
While working as a VFX Artist is passionate and has several advantages, it is also necessary to be aware that it has disadvantages.
- A profession based on passion
- Interesting and progressive salary
- Good employability
- Possibility to work anywhere in the world
- Work in video games but also cinema
- Working hours
- Resist pressure
- Constantly monitor
- Standing out
What level of study is needed to become a VFX Artist?
Without a higher education course, it is challenging to do this job. A VFX Artist is someone with a solid background as a graphic designer and specialisation in special effects. After high school, after choosing a general high school diploma in mathematics or digital sciences, for example, a future professional can go on to higher studies in a video game school and follow a master’s degree course.
The 2D – 3D Computer Graphics bachelor’s degree of the G. Art school allows you to acquire a gaming culture while learning the basics of the profession of VFX Artist. It is a three-year course in Lyon whose professional contributors teach the basics of graphics software, video creation, rendering and compositing / FX software, dynamic drawing, lighting, materials, etc. In addition, you’ll learn communication, management and project management. Each week is an opportunity to carry out concrete projects and to acquire new skills.
Then, to reach a higher level and improve in special effects, our school allows holders of a bachelor’s degree to continue onto an MBA in Game artistry. It is a two-year training course during which the student is trained to become a versatile and innovative video game artist. They will be able to master FX techniques, for example.
We place immense importance on professional experience made within our school. This is why, throughout their course, students will practice what they have learned in class during internship periods. These periods last two months in the first two years and three months in the last year of the bachelor’s degree.
Then in an MBA, you have to do a six-month internship in a company. Finally, the last year of the diploma takes place on a work-study basis.
Salary of a VFX Artist
Depending on the company they work for and their level of experience, the salary of a VFX Artist is variable. It can start at the start of a career at 30,000 euros per year and reach 38,000 or even 40,000 euros and more after experience.
Abroad, they can earn more. Everything will depend, again, on the environment in which they operate. Nevertheless, in Montreal, the average salary of a VFX Artist is 50,000 dollars, while in the United States, in Los Angeles, they can hope to earn 80,000 dollars.
Where can you work?
Many video game development studios have a VFX Artist on their team. They are a professional sought after for their ability to create and integrate special effects, so they can work for a company developing triple-A games and mobile games.
Therefore, it could be in a studio such as Artefacts in Lyon, Dontnod in Paris, Darewise Entertainment, or even Eko Software. Or Ubisoft and its mobile game branch.
« I had the opportunity to work on the game ‘Destruction AllStar’ with, for the first time, a team of several VFX Artists. It was a very enriching experience. I am currently working on the game OlliOlli World, which has a super lovely artistic direction, » explains Théo Drgez.
As a VFX Artist, there is the possibility of career development. First by taking on responsibilities such as supervision and management by becoming lead FX Artist. Or by becoming an artistic director. They may very well also become a graphic designer. And from there, the field of possibilities is vast. Another option could be to work in cinema or television.
Freelance VFX Artist
Like other video game careers such as graphic design or video game development, a VFX Artist can very well become a freelancer by working independently. They will nevertheless have to be organised, professional, and competent, but above all, demonstrate work ethic, autonomy and be forthcoming with ideas. They can’t be afraid to work alone, at home.
Also, being a freelancer, you are required to have the right powerful technological equipment.
How can you become a VFX Artist?
To become a VFX Artist, you must go through a master’s degree level training with skills in effects specials such as mastering lighting, special effects and movements, while knowing how to use 2D, 3D or animated image software. Why not apply to our G. Art school in Lyon. In five years, G.Art will train you to be a special effects graphic designer thanks to the school’s high-level education, with concrete projects being carried out each week.