About Sophoria Academy

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

About us

Our mission is to empower aspiring artists and professionals worldwide by equipping them with the essential skills to succeed in the film and game industry.

We offer a unique opportunity for students to learn from experienced mentors who are also hand-picked by the founders themselves. Our courses provide real-time learning environments, enabling students to learn at their own pace and from the comfort of their own homes, all at affordable prices.

At Sophoria Academy, we are committed to bringing education to those who aspire to enter the film and VFX industry. Our ultimate goal is to inspire and cultivate the next generation of world-class artists and professionals.
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How does our academy work?

At SOPHORIA Academy, we offer both "Mentored" and "Independent Study" programs for some of our courses. With the Independent Study program, you can purchase a short course and complete it at your own pace without waiting for a start date.

For longer courses, once you're enrolled, you'll wait for the start date to begin. Our pre-recorded courses include 1-on-1 feedback from mentors via live sessions, which are recorded for later review. With forums and chat rooms, students can talk to each other and get feedback to motivate them through their assignments.

You have multiple options to enroll in one or more courses, and we offer discounts for selecting multiple courses. Plus, soon we'll offer subscription packages to give you a wider selection of areas of study. Enroll today and start learning from industry professionals!

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 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 experience 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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