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Special and Visual Effects Technicians

Education and Training Requirements

High School

Special effects technicians rely on a mix of science and art. To prepare for this career, take all the art courses you can, including art history; many filmmakers look to historic art when composing shots and lighting effects. Photography courses will help you understand the use of light and shadow. Chemistry can give you some insight into the products you will be using. Working on high school drama productions can also be helpful for learning lighting, set, and prop design. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in visual effects should take computer science, animation, and other related classes. 

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