Diploma Film Visual Effects | The One Academy

Film Visual Effects

(KP/JPS(N/213/4/0327) 10/22)

Course Overview
The One Academy (TOA), which has provided over 25 years of creative-education excellence through its “Masters Train Masters” practical, industry-driven philosophy, has achieved yet another historic milestone by offering its most exciting program yet – Diploma in Film Visual Effects. Visual Effects (VFX) is an extremely crucial element in today’s Malaysian, Asian, and global media content creation. According to the filmsite.org, the top ten highest-grossing movies at the box office in this decade have significant VFX content. TOA has been collaborating with the Los-Angeles-based, Oscar-winning production company, Tau Films (previously known as Rhythm & Hues-Malaysia) whose works include Life of Pi (2012), The Golden Compass (2007), The Chronicles of Narnia (2005), and Night at the Museum (2006) and its education arm, The John Hughes Institute (JHI), Los Angeles. Working together, TOA, JHI, and Tau Films present Diploma in Visual Effects program, featuring a full spectrum of intensive hands-on curriculum designed to equip the students of the program with the art and science of VFX by bringing Hollywood best-practices into the TOA classrooms using faculty who are working professionals from various disciplines of VFX in North America.

This course is available at the Sunway campus only.

Our annual intakes take place during January, April & August every year.

  • SPM / O-Level / UEC or equivalent
  • or
  • The One Academy's Certificate Programme
    Certificate in Communication Design
    (1 Year 3 Months)
  • The One Academy's Diploma Programmes
    Visual Effects
    (3 Years)
  • Degree in Affiliated Universities
    United Kingdom, Australia,
    New Zealand & United States
    (1-2 Years)
  • *Subject to meeting entry requirement and credit transfer mapping


  • Visual Effects (VFX) Workflow Tracks
    The Diploma in VFX program features multiple tracks/workflow of specialization to cater to specific needs of the state-of-the-art in the VFX production pipeline.

  • Creature Look Development Track
    Workflow and pipeline for photorealistic/stylized CG creatures as well as associated props. (using Autodesk Maya; Foundry Mari; Substance Painter; Adobe Photoshop)

  • Rigging and Creature FX Track
    Focus on technical and artistic aspects of rigging and creature effects/Technical Animation workflow in the animation and VFX pipeline.

  • Creature Animation Track
    Workflow of creature animation focusing on photorealistic, animated performance for a wide range of creatures – bipeds, quadrupeds, and mythical/hyperreal. (Using Autodesk Maya)

  • Background Prep to Compositing Track
    Plate preparation to compositing moving images, students get hands-on experience on assets that are created, implemented and manipulated in compositing. (Using Foundry Nuke)

    Studio Courses
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Drawing
  • Visual Communication
  • Advanced Drawing
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • 3D Maya Essentials & Shader Development
  • Basic Lighting and Compositing
  • Business Marketing for VFX and Animation Pipeline
  • Production Management: Production Pipeline Cinematography
  • *Exploration and Critical Analysis of the films
  • Studies in Visual Narratives for Time-Based Media
  • Project Management for Production
  • Production Tracking

  • Adobe CC
  • Autodesk Maya
  • The Foundry NUKE X
  • The Foundry MARI
  • SideFX-Houdini
  • Pixologic Z-Brush
  • Substance Education – Substance Painter
  • Autodesk Shotgun

    Contextual Courses
  • History of Art and Design
  • History of Visual Effects
  • Language & Communication Skills
  • Malaysian Studies
  • Business & Marketing
  • Culture & Humanities
  • Survey of S.E.A. Art and Culture

    Personal and Career Development
  • Interpersonal Skills & Development Workshops
  • Career Realities

    Career Opportunities Abound At
  • VFX Production Studios
  • Video Game Production Houses
  • 2D / 3D Animation Production Studios
  • VR / AR and Immersive-Media Studios
  • Advertising Agencies / Design Studios
  • TV / Film Pre-production / Previzualization Houses
  • Scientific and Engineering Visualization
  • Corporate In-House Design Departments
  • Self-Startup Design, Animation, and Visualization Studio

    Career Options
  • Modeling Technical Director
  • Rigging Technical Director
  • Lighting Technical Director
  • Lookdev Technical Director
  • Animation Technical Director
  • Technical Animation / Character FX Technical Director
  • FX Technical Director
  • Compositing Technical Director
  • Plate Prep / Rotoscoping Technical Director
  • Layout Technical Director
  • Pipeline Technical Director
  • Matte Painter
  • Environments Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Previz / Postviz Artist
  • VFX Production Coordinator
  • Art Director
  • Comic Artist

(Note: Subjects offered are subject to change based on the requirements of the Academy Board and MQA.)
The TOA/JHI faculty and Career Counseling provide personalized career advisement in each of the above environments.


  • Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with minimum 3 credits (3Cs) including a pass in Bahasa Melayu and *Sejarah
  • Pass in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with minimum 3 credits (3Bs)
  • Pass in IGCSE/O-Level with minimum 3 credits (3Cs)
  • Pass The One Academy’s Certificate in Communication Design OR Certificate from other Institutions of Higher Learning in related field with minimum CGPA 2.00
  • Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3 in Art and Design Field with 1 credit in SPM including a pass in Bahasa Melayu and *Sejarah
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognized by the Malaysian Government AND
  • Pass Portfolio Review or Drawing Test conducted by The One Academy for candidate who does not have a pass in Art subject or without an art subject in SPM level or its equivalent

    English Requirements
  • For candidates who do not have a pass in English will be required to take Intensive English Programme (IEP) in The One Academy.
  • For International Students only:
    When you apply for a Visa Approval Letter you must demonstrate that you have an acceptable level of English language proficiency. The English Language tests which are accepted for Student Pass Application are:
  • IELTS (Academic) minimum Band 4.0
  • TOEFL IBT (30-31)
  • CAE (160) (Cambridge English: Advance)
  • CPE (180) (Cambridge English: Proficiency)
  • PTE - Academic (Pearson Test of English) (30)
  • MUET (Malaysian University English Test)(Band 2)

    Entry Requirements For International Students
  • Indonesia:
    Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Umum (SMU) 3 / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan (SMK) / Ijazah Madrasah Aliyah (bagi lulusan mulai tahun 2015) dengan gred purata 55 - 65
  • Vietnam:
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong (Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma)
  • China:
    Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / Graduation Certificate from a Vocational / Technical Secondary School (Zhixiao / Zhigao) or a Skilled Worker School (Jixiao)
  • Maldives:
    UCLES O-Level / Secondary School Certificate SSC)
  • South Korea:
    High School Diploma / High School Graduation Equivalency Examination

For non-Malaysian applicants, please refer to the The List of Entry Qualifications for International Student (PDF) to see if you qualify for this course.

*Sejarah (History) is a compulsory subject to pass in SPM starting 2013