Train in Visual Effects [VFX] with

Rising Sun Pictures and Flinders University

Rising Sun Pictures [RSP] is internationally renowned for providing visual effects to feature film clients all around the world. Since 1995, the company's Adelaide studio has worked on nearly 100 feature films including Gravity, The Wolverine, The Great Gatsby, Prometheus, The Hunger Games, the Harry Potter series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Green Lantern, Terminator Salvation and many more.

RSP, in conjunction with Flinders University, is offering intensive training programs over a ten-week period, the first of which began in March 2013. The programs will provide insights into the main aspects of working in the VFX industry and give students the opportunity to interact with industry professionals in a production environment.

The course aims to provide a high quality work-integrated postgraduate program in which students can enhance their creative and practical skills within a framework of academic study. It fulfils the need for professional studies in VFX at postgraduate level.

Upon graduating successfully from the VFX stream, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the key software and techniques used in the VFX production pipeline, including their key features and operation;
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of VFX industry trends;
  • demonstrate an ability work to deadlines, including the ability to work with client briefs, and as part of a team;
  • assess creative and technical problems and break them down in to manageable tasks; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of industry best practices and techniques in the use of software used in VFX production.

The course is taught in partnership with Rising Sun Pictures Pty Ltd.  Students who have a sufficient skill level as demonstrated in their demo reel may be offered the opportunity to study at the Rising Sun Pictures Studio in Adelaide, South Australia. 

Program Structure: The course is taught intensively over a 10 week period and requires full-time commitment. At the conclusion of a 10 week program, you will have a clear understanding of what it takes to work in the world of VFX, as well as a connection with one of Australia's leading effects houses.

Students who are offered the opportunity to study at Rising Sun Pictures studios will undertake the following topics:  Introduction to VFX Industry; VFX Production Techniques 1; VFX Production Techniques 2; and VFX Project. The focus of these topics is the

Industry Certificate
For those with relevant experience but without a tertiary qualification, it can be taken as a series of concurrent Industry Certificates.

For more information see:

At the discretion of Rising Sun Pictures, scholarships may be offered.

These courses will cover a series of intensively taught and inter-related workshops, delivered at the Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) Studio.

The training sessions will be based around tutorial sessions and production workshops. Tutorials will provide an overview of the main aspects of working in a VFX company. Students will learn the major aspects of production and company operations, including: production management, an introduction to company operations, technical support, human resources, finance, and pipeline management.

Intensive production workshops will provide an immersive experience in skill areas including: camera tracking & matchmove, rotoscoping & plate preparation, and compositing. This will have the students using these skills to deliver VFX in a production simulated environment, on shots specially designed for the course.

The course will also include information on finding employment in VFX, locally and overseas.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.

Alternative Entry: The University may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show that they demonstrate the experience, knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course. Please contact the University for further advice.

Additional Requirements: In addition to submitting their SATAC application, applicants must submit a video portfolio, demonstrating achievement in 3D or 2D visual effects work, and a CV of no more than three pages detailing industry experience, software knowledge, publications, educational background, plus any relevant professional or community experience.

Submissions will be via email and will need to provide all of the following to be considered:

  • An introduction letter
  • Your most recent CV including any relevant experience (educational, professional & other, 2 pages maximum)
  • A direct link to a version of your online video portfolio (eg vimeo or youtube, please don't include as an attachment)
  • Please send all submissions to: with your full name as the subject.

Selection criteria will be based on the submission and assessment of an online video portfolio, demonstrating your 3D or 2D work to date. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong technical and aesthetic skills in either 3D or 2D disciplines such as: tracking, rotoscoping, matte painting, texturing, animating, lighting, FX and compositing. You do not need to know ALL disciplines, however you should be able to demonstrate skills in at least one.

It is recommended that applicants visit the RSP 'Getting Started in VFX' page to download personal learning editions of Nuke, Maya & Houdini to have a basic understanding of the key software that will be used.

For those students with an undergraduate degree who wish to do the Graduate Certificate the deadlines for applications are in February and July each year. Check the SATAC website for exact dates. This includes the portfolio. Applications for Grad Cert VFx (course code: 2GC114) online via SATAC at:

Please note, Fee-Help is available for Australian citizens and those holding an appropriate visa:

If you need any help with your application, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Further Information: Contact the Admissions/Prospective Students Office on (08) 8201 3074 or 1300 657 671 (local call cost) or email


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