Certificate in Virtual Production Methodologies

Virtual Production Dojo aims to build virtual production capabilities and a talent pool within New Zealand. The program would be the first of its kind in New Zealand as a knowledge-sharing framework where those with creative skills and technical knowledge can work on prototyping and industry-specific projects.

 

Virtual Production Dojo is a Private Industrial Training Provider operating under a Not-For-Profit charter. As such this entity is not associated with New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) but instead operates as an independent private training organisation.

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Introduction to Emerging Technologies

The program will introduce Unreal Engine, Unreal Engine Learning resources, Reallusion: Character Creator, IClone, KitBashing, Digital Humans, 3D Character, PreVis and Filmmaking to understand and expedite the creation process for Virtual Productions. They will also be introduced to principles of scriptwriting, film editing using Blackmagic Resolve, and hearing from industry professionals and educators in the field of virtual productions.

2 weeks

Live Online:
Mon – Tues: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM NZST
Wed – Thurs: 03:00 PM – 05:00 PM NZST
Fri: Participant Sprints: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM NZST

Applied Learning:
Minimum time commitment: 15 – 20 hrs/per week

Ideation and Prototyping of the Virtual Production Project

The participants will learn and understand Design Thinking principles and Agile methodologies towards sprint-based workflow while ideating and prototyping individual and collaborative projects.

2 weeks

Live Online:
Mon – Tues: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM NZST
Wed – Thurs: 03:00 PM – 05:00 PM NZST
Fri: Participant Sprints: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM NZST

Applied Learning:
Minimum time commitment: 15 – 20 hrs/per week

Application of Introduced Technologies

Participants will apply the techniques to their projects, starting from collaboration with team members, story ideation, scriptwriting, storyboarding, asset preparation and identification, project creation, virtual environment development, character establishment, animation retargeting and implementation, camera work, working with sequencer and more.

5 weeks

Live Online:
Twice weekly Mon & Wed: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM NZST
Fri: Participant Sprints: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM NZST

Applied Learning:
Minimum time commitment: 20 – 25 hrs/per week

Finalising Virtual Production Short Film Project (Max 3 mins)

Participants combine everything they have explored and learned to develop and render out their short film via Unreal Engine Movie Renderer in this phase.

Once rendered, the film will be transferred into Black Magic Resolve for post-production and editing, sound design and mixing and final delivery showcase.

3 weeks

Live Online:
Twice weekly Mon & Wed: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM NZST
Fri: Participant Sprints: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM NZST

Applied Learning:
Minimum time commitment: 20 – 25 hrs/per week

Course Dates:

Intake starts 13 September 2021 (Monday)*

Applications open until 09 September 2021 (Friday)

*This course is delivered online, fully remote.

Admission Requirements

No formal qualifications are required for this course. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Course Fees:

Duration:

12-week

Introductory Tuition Fees:

  • $6,980.00 $3,980.00 * Domestic
  • $10,980.00 $7,980.00 * International

*Prices stated are in NZD (New Zealand Dollars)
*StudyLink student loans not available for this program.

Scholarships:

We are currently in discussion with New Zealand Government and Industry stakeholders regarding scholarship options. Once available, these scholarships will be announced with their specific purposes.

If you have questions regarding scholarships or wish to acquire an independent scholarship, please get in touch with our team in confidence to discuss your options.

 

RECOMMENDED HARDWARE

  • PC Desktop or Laptop
  • 16 GB or higher RAM
  • 6 GB or higher VRAM
  • Windows 10
  • Internet Connection
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • 200+ GB free space
    • If you plan to use Quixel assets, or numerous asset packs, then please make sure you have access to more storage.

Entry Requirements:

Admissions are offered in order of enrolment. The programme is available to participants from New Zealand who qualify as domestic students and international participants. (Please refer to Course Fees section for appropriate fees).

 

  • Interview
    In the interview, we will assess the candidates’ suitability for the course via one-on-one consultation.
  • Portfolio
    We are looking for evidence of creativity demonstrated through a collection of works in your creative portfolio. Applicants for the program will need to evidence a portfolio of work demonstrating their creative ability to create visually compelling and exciting stories. Your portfolio may include short films, scripts, animation, photography, storyboards, multimedia, visual art.
  • English Language Requirements
    As the language of instruction of this program is in English, you will need a professional level working knowledge of the English language in order to enrol for the program. You may need to provide evidence of your English Language Proficiency if requested.

Learning Outcomes

The Certificate in Virtual Production Methodologies runs over 12-weeks as an industry intensive, hands-on training to expose the participants to the learning pathways and emerging technologies of real-time graphics, machine learning, and interactive tools inside Unreal Engine by Epic Games.

Through the program, participants will gain proficiency in:

  • Agile Processes and Design Thinking
  • Story Ideation and prototyping
  • Production Workflows and Research methodologies
  • Developing pipelines for creating digital humans/virtuals
  • Motion capture for animation
  • Cinematic principles for Virtual Production
  • Virtual cinematics within the game engine

Identify the workflow methodologies of virtual production.

Understand the virtual production pipeline/workflows and how they are used in a range of productions from previs to final rendering.

**Optional** Use consumer augmented reality enabled devices to control virtual cameras to capture production-ready scenic compositions.

Learn how to navigate and identify 3D assets and environments to use for virtual sets to bring your production to life.

Ideal Candidates:

Independent Filmmakers – Directors; Producers, Exec Producers; Technical Directors; Cinematographers; VFX artists/supervisors

Networks & Media Companies- Content Development Executive; Director of Video; Technical Director; Interactive Producer; Creative Production Manager; Directors of Emerging Technology and Innovation

Creative Studios / Experience Design Firms- Producer, Executive Producer; Technical Director; Media Production; Content Director; Creative Technologist; Technical Producer

Corporate/Brand – Producers, Exec Producers; Creative Technologists; Chief Content Officer, Creative Production Manager; Emerging Technology and Innovation Directors

Agency – Producers, Exec Producers; Directors of Content Production, Integrated Production; Emerging Technology and Innovation Directors

Educators – Teachers/instructional designers in film/content production

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