Interactive Media Program Named SideFX Certified Partner

Interactive Media Program Named SideFX Certified Partner

Published on: September 30, 2019


Becker College has become the latest partner with SideFX, Academy-Award-winning developers of a visual effects software called Houdini, the premier, state-of-the-art digital content creation tool for the feature film and games industry. Becker is one of only eight institutions of higher education in the U.S. to receive such certification.

Houdini certification is an exclusive teaching and learning certification program that offers schools special access to Houdini Training Center LogoSideFX staff and resources.

“This certification reflects the quality of the College’s interactive media programs,” said Alan Ritacco, dean of the School of Design & Technology. “Only a small number of schools worldwide receive such recognition, which is based on the excellence of our teaching and the inspirational and creative work of our students. With this certification, students work in an environment that simulates a real-world studio, which significantly increases their seamless transition into the industry.”

Houdini is most commonly used in FX departments for the creation of visual effects in film and game, used by such major VFX companies as Pixar, Dream Works Animation, Walt Disney Animation Studios (on such feature animation productions Fantasia 2000, Frozen, and Zootopia), Sony Pictures Imageworks, Blue Sky Studios (Rio), and more.

According to Dr. Paul Cotnoir, Becker’s director of design, “Houdini is used to create virtual special effects in digital animation seen in video games, television, and major motion pictures. This area of endeavor, a special focus at Becker, is one of the fastest growing segments in the interactive and digital media industry segments.”

Curvin Huber, professor of Interactive Media at Becker, said, “We have been working closely with SideFX over the past two years to develop our Houdini-related curriculum. This helped to assure us that our program is directly in line with industry standards and demands.”

The Princeton Review has recognized Becker’s undergraduate interactive media program as number three in the world and the MFA in Interactive Media as number eleven in the world.