About Sophoria Academy

The next generation online VFX academy built to inspire and create the future of visual effects artists.

About us

SOPHORIA Academy was founded by Jonathan Symmonds and Romy Tesei who both founded SOPHORIA VFX studios located in Mauritius.

The academy was built to enable the future generations of artists and professionals from all over the globe to learn all the essential skills needed to become the best artists in their respective fields. Our aim is to bring students that are passionate about the film and game industry head to head with industry professionals that are working in the industry today. By giving the students an insight into real0time learning environments from the comfort of their own homes at affordable prices makes us stand out from the rest.

Our Mentors are hand-picked by the founders who themselves are industry professionals in their own rights. We will bring education to the uneducated in the film and VFX industry for the multiple future generations to come.
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How does our academy work?

Some of our courses have two programs, "Mentored" and "Independent Study." If you want to just do a short course, then these courses can be purchased without waiting for a start date and can be completed anytime at your own pace.

For our longer courses, once a student is enrolled in a course of their choosing, they must wait for the start date to begin the course. The courses are pre-recorded and our mentors provide 1 on 1 feedback via live sessions and are recorded for further review at a later stage.


This helps the student feel that they are involved as much as possible throughout the courses. We have forums and chat rooms to encourage students to talk to one another and gain critical feedback from fellow students. This is, of course, not mandatory but it provides an extra tool to help motivate students that might be struggling with particular part of their assignments.

A student has multiple options to enroll in a course or multiple courses. There are discounts available for selecting multiple courses and we will be offering a subscription package soon to give students a wider selection to the different areas of study.

Get your own Sophoria Academy Certificate

  • Show off your certificate

    Once you complete a course that has a certificate attached, you can display it in your CV to show potential recruiters. Believe it or not, this is now a popular request amongst students.
  • Networking opportunities

    At Sophoria Academy, we encourage our students to network as much as possible. It is so important to get feedback for you hard work and what better way to do this than from your instructors or peers. Submit your work to the community and learn from feedback!

    Show others your certificates for the courses you completed!

Sophoria Academy Instructors

Meet some of our Instructors

Jonathan Symmonds
Co Founder of Sophoria and Animation Director
Jonathan Symmonds has over 18 years of experience in Film, Tv, Commercials and the games industry. He has worked on films such as Avatar, Harry Potter, Prince of Persia, Nanny Mcphee, Dark Tide and was the Lead animator on the Game of Thrones for 5 years! Jonathan is our co-founder alongside Romy Tesei and he mainly teaches animation. Jonathan was nominated 3 times for a VES society award for his work on the Game of Thrones and ended up creating his own dragon that a few on you lucky students will get to work with if you do one of his dragon classes.
Frederic Durand
Lighting Technical Director
Frederic Durand has had the opportunity to work at Sony Imageworks, Disney Animation, DreamWorks, Jim Henson’s Workshop, MPC and Digital Domain on animated films, feature films, and commercials during the past 20 years. He has been teaching lighting and rendering classes with Arnold, V-Ray, Redshift, Renderman and Nuke at the Gnomon school, the University of South California and now at Sophoria. Frederic studied at the Cooper Union in New York City and is graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, France.
Jayson King
VFX Specialist
Jayson has over 20 years of experince be it film, commercials, tv - you name it he has done it! A lecturer in his own right, Jayson has taught hundreds of students. Jayson is a specialist in VFX, CGI, fluids, simulation, lighting and rendering, modelling & texturing in multiple software packages. Jayson runs his own courses so be sure to get hold of one of them to learn from this legend! His courses cover most aspects of the VFX pipeline from modelling to final simulations and render. Don't hesitate to learn from Jayson, with this much experience you can't go wrong.
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Benefits of Sophoria Academy

Learn from some of the best instructors in the World from the comfort of your own home.

We want you to learn all the skills you need to become a VFX artist in your own right and at a price you can afford. No more expensive learning.

A social community

When you join the academy, you will join other students from all over the World. Share your work in the forums and meet new friends!

Invite your friends

Using our affiliate program, you can now share courses and get discounts on others. Invite and refer a friend to benefit!

Track your progress

Follow your path to learn each and every skill. Track your progress and come back at any time, we make this easy for you.

Watch any time

If you are joining a course or a mentorship, sit back and relax. Study at your own pace and network with others.

Download files

Our courses have all the working files set up and in an easy to understand format. Your instructor has prepared everything for you already! 

Mentorship opportunities

Some of our courses offer mentorship features. Be sure to get a course with mentorship so you can have direct feedback from your instructors.
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