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Houdini Bootcamp

This two-day short course will help you develop a practical understanding of the capabilities and applications of Houdini in film, animation, VFX and data visualisation projects.

About this course

Houdini-Training-Center-black-300x463.jpgThis course will allow you to get hands-on with Houdini, helping you to develop your skills and build a foundation for independent use and further learning. It will provide an advanced overview of the effects software, Houdini, which is used extensively in the film, visual effects and animation sectors, and increasingly, for data visualisation and simulation.

The course will focus on the features of the package and how users can apply those functions to specific project examples. Participants will be empowered to develop a deeper understanding of the software and to ‘think Houdini’, in order to self-explore and problem-solve.

The UTS Animal Logic Academy is an approved Houdini Training Centre.


Full price: $990 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information. 

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

During this two-day short course, our experts and trainers will share presentations and case studies, along with hands-on practical exercises. Participants will be able to operate a UTS Animal Logic Academy (ALA) workstation with Houdini installed and will have the opportunity to work through tasks and examples whilst receiving feedback and input from the training team.

The following key topics will be covered during the course:

  • Introduction recap
  • Advanced vex, creating geometry and vex that interacts with other systems
  • Houdini digital assets (HDAs) - creating your own plugins and nodes
  • Sop solvers vs dops, pros and cons
  • Volumes, treating as geometry
  • Tops and procedural dependency graphs (PDGs) and having Houdini control bigger systems
  • “Thinking Houdini” and how to effectively approach problems
  • Houdini and interaction with other 3D apps
  • Python, where it sits in relation to the rest of Houdini and pros and cons
  • Compositing operators (COPs), the under loved compositing engine with surprisingly wide uses
  • Online resources, how to find answers and finding other Houdini users.

Course learning objectives

On successful completion of this course, participants will have a solid understanding of the capabilities and application of the effects software, Houdini, across multiple creative and commercial contexts.

Participants will also have the ability to independently solve problems and manage further self-study in Houdini.



  • Participants must have some knowledge and experience with FX and 3D computer graphics software and workflows.

Minimal technical requirements for remote participation:

  • Own computer with capacity to operate high-end VFX software
  • The software ‘Houdini’ 18.5.532 installed 
  • A fast internet connection able to be on a video stream for 2 x 7 hours (Connections with data caps such as mobile connections are not recommended)
  • The video conferencing software Zoom installed
  • Webcam
  • Microphone.


  • Some basic knowledge of Houdini is advantageous, either from prior study or experience, or completion of the one-day UTS ALA Masterclass, An Introduction to Houdini.


Discount codes are available for the following:

  • 10% discount for UTS staff, students and alumni
  • 10% discount for industry guild members

If you are eligible for the UTS staff, student or alumni discount, enter the code UTSALA10 at checkout. Please enrol using your UTS email account, and be prepared to bring your UTS ID to the course for confirmation.

If you are eligible for the guild discount, you will need to obtain a discount code BEFORE you sign up for this course – this can be provided by your guild, or in marketing communications provided by the UTS Animal Logic Academy.

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

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Who is this course for?

This advanced course is designed for students and industry professionals wanting to improve their knowledge and skill in the digital effects software, Houdini.

Participants should have some experience in either Houdini or other 3D computer graphics applications either from prior study or experience, or completion of the one-day UTS ALA Masterclass, An Introduction to Houdini and a desire to improve their proficiency quickly.

The course is relevant for both those wanting to work for animation and visual effects studios, as well as for more complex data visualisation projects.          







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