Enhance Your Film Degree: Study Technical and Creative Skills In Digital VFX
The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Editing and Visual Effects (VFX) at Grand Canyon University is designed to cultivate pioneers within the realms of narrative film and video postproduction. This editing and digital VFX emphasis aims to foster innovation by focusing on teaching a strong foundation in narrative storytelling, creative skills, technical expertise and hands-on experience to craft and deliver powerful messages.
This editing and visual effects in film emphasis may be ideal for individuals seeking to enhance their technical and creative aptitude in digital film, with a specific focus on editing and visual effects. Refine your artistic expression by cultivating an understanding of film as it relates to cultures and human flourishing from a Christian worldview. Whether you're an aspiring filmmaker, a visual storyteller or someone passionate about crafting compelling narratives through film, this degree will teach you essential skills that can prepare you for a potential career in the field of digital film postproduction.
As you progress through the on-campus or online digital VFX and editing emphasis, you will study the art of film editing and visual effects, including non-linear editing software techniques using industry-standard software, such as Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Maya and more. Digital compositing, 3D modeling and animation are taught to help you in creating realistic and immersive visual effects for films, video games and other media. Particle simulations, matte painting and green screen removal are also explored as you study the critical role of an editor in shaping the narrative flow.
Mastering Movie Magic: Dive into Visual Effects in Film and Editing Course Topics
This on-campus or online BA digital film degree: editing and VFX emphasis can help refine your skills and creativity by offering course topics in a variety of domains, including the following:
- Cinematography techniques applied to digital media
- Lighting and drone photography
- Node-based workflow for visual effects shots
- Cinematic storytelling through post-production
- Advanced editing and visual effects
- Audio production skills that tackle industry challenges
- Clear sound and post-production sound manipulation for film and television
- Targeting audiences and creating genre remixes
- Promo editing techniques
- Genre film writing and editing
The course curriculum is designed to introduce you to the fundamental principles of storytelling, cinematography and film language, alongside hands-on experiences in basic camera operation and shot composition. You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by applying classroom principles in a capstone course where you will work in an organization under practitioner supervision.
Further exploration may include:
- Motion picture production
- Advanced VFX techniques
- Nuances of editing for emotion and narrative impact
- Green screen technology
- Visual effects supervision
- Post-production workflows
- Digital compositing, 3D modeling/creation, animation and rendering
Envision Your Film Future: Career Pathways for Editing and VFX Emphasis Graduates
An editing and visual effects in film emphasis can open up a realm of diverse career prospects. Potential careers you may have the opportunity to pursue include the following:
- Film and video editors
- Audio engineer
- Color grader
- Digital image technician
- Editorial assistant
- Postproduction coordinator
- Postproduction supervisor
- Sound editor
- Sound design
- Sound mixing
- VFX artist
HLC University Accreditation
GCU holds a highly regarded accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This accreditation ensures the university meets rigorous academic standards and provides students with a credible and quality education in the field of digital arts.
Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film Degree: Editing and VFX Emphasis FAQs
If you enjoy using technology to produce computer-generated animations for films, ads, websites and more, you may be interested in this VFX and editing emphasis. To help you understand the program on a deeper level, we’ve gathered a few of our most frequently asked questions below.
Unlock the potential of visual storytelling with our immersive on-campus and online digital film degree. Gain practical expertise in editing and visual effects while earning a degree from an accredited university. Start shaping your artistic vision today.
1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Film and Video Editors as of May 2022, retrieved on Sept. 11, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as film and video editors. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor 8 Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Film and Video Editors, retrieved on Sept. 11, 2023.
3 Beckman, Mariah (2023, June 2). What's the difference between BA and BFA degrees? All Art Schools. Retrieved on August 24, 2023.
4 Indeed Editorial Team (2023, March 17). How to Become a Visual Effects Artist (Plus Skills). Indeed. Retrieved on Sept. 25, 2023.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.