The Effects Technical Director (FX TD) Diploma is an accelerated 12 month program specialized in the craft of feature film simulated phenomenon and effects.

This accredited diploma program is currently the only program in the world which focuses exclusively on learning the tools and techniques necessary to become an FX artist. It also complements this skillset by training students in highly advanced Houdini workflows.

If you would like your future career to involve movie destruction, creating environmental phenomenon, particle and crowd logic, pyro and fluid simulation, and/or many creative and bizarre combinations of art and science than this program is your opportunity.

We boast a 96% placement rate for FX TD graduates exclusively in junior, mid level, and even senior FX positions at major vfx facilities (ILM, Digital Domain, Sony, Image Engine, Method, Double Negative, Hydraulx, MPC, and more).

We attribute our high rate of student success to hands-on, project driven classes, with a very high degree of one-on-one mentoring time. This ensures that students will develop the necessary skills to be successful in their first feature film job as well as years later in their career as a successful FX TD.

In the Press - 3D Artist Magazine!
Full size

In the Press - 3D Artist Magazine!

Program Media Selects

This is our Effects Technical Director Program Lead, Andrew Lowell's amazing showreel which should give you a better idea of what Effects TD's contribute.

Houdini Training: Certified by Side Effects Software

We are proud to be one of few schools qualified under the Houdini Certified School Program.

Free Informative Booklet

Learn more about What makes a good Effects Technical Director (FX TD) from our free 16 page Article, written by our Program Lead, Andrew Lowell. FXTD_Article