Computer animation and Visual effects

MA | Computer Animation and Visual Effects

You will be able to establish yourself as a computer animation and Visual effects designer in the worlds of film, television, audio effects and web productions, training towards gaining mastery of digital techniques and optimizing your manual skill, cultural awareness and creative abilities.


Creativity and technology to create computer animation and Visual effects.

The MA Degree Program in Computer Animation and Visual Effects at RUFA is an artistic specialization course designed to train designers in digital animation and visual effects for film, television, audiovisual productions and the web to blend digital technology, manual reproduction, cultural know-how and creative capacity.
Computer animation and Visual effects are part of the creative and operative resources often used in the creation of movement, action and narration.

In computer animation there is a world of professional opportunities.

In the world of audiovisual production, the demand for digital animation and visual effects professionals is very high. The available technical resources to create visual effects and animation are in continuous and constant development, and the digitally enhanced image is an essential creative ingredient.
For this reason, a designer today that knows how to create visual effects and digital animation has a successful professional career path ahead of them in 3D animation and motion graphics, in filmmaking, television, video games and advertising.

Learn and design, manage and create an animated product.

The MA Degree Program in Computer Animation and visual Effects puts emphasis on teaching how to produce animation and young designers must use their theoretical knowledge to develop content (conceptual study and psychological analysis, history of cinema, analysis and writing of film expression, deep understanding of the process of animation, historic and cultural environments) and their hands-on technical abilities to design and create their own animated products (storyboarding, creating animated sequencing, 2D compositing and 3D software utilization).
The course also includes learning how to manage and produce an entire creative project (design, content, script, production plan, teamwork and deadline management).

Studying and producing to prepare for the future.

The MA Degree Program in Computer Animation and Visual Effects produces concrete results: the digital clips and the original productions created by students are sent to festivals and entered into competitions. They will also be included in the student’s digital portfolio, which they will present to future employers.
In order to prepare students so that they are best able to create and produce their own material, the course offers a rich collection of seminars, workshops, professional encounters, internships and experimentation opportunities with partner companies in the industry.
The MA Degree Program in Computer Animation and Visual Effects at RUFA is part of the Department of Design and Applied Arts/ New Technology for the Arts, the section of RUFA academic studies that provides a high-level of specialization and technical preparation, setting high standards of academic and design learning year after year.

Academy Degrees are equivalent to Master’s university degrees.

*The course is available only in Italian language.

Professors: Mario Bellina, Pietro Ciccotti, Alessandro Feliciani, Foglietti Filippo, Renato Fontana, Gianluca Lo Guasto, Federico Landini, Alessandro Marinelli, Mauro Panci, Silvia Ranfagni, Giorgio Tiranti, Federico Tocchella.

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MA Degree program in Computer Animation

Suggested training programme - Design Department

Year Subject CFA Hours
I Year Animation 1 10 125
Compositing Tools 6 75
3D Tools 1 6 75
Animation Drawing 6 75
Direction 6 75
Media and Visual culture 6 45
History of Animated video and Film 6 75
Cinematography 6 75
Optional subject 6 /
Internship / workshop 2 50
II Year 3D Tools 2 6 75
Character Animation 8 100
Animation 2 10 125
Special Effects 8 100
Motion Graphics 6 75
Sound Design 6 75
Internship / workshop 6 150
Thesis 10 /
Total Credits 120