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Sophoria Academy

Online VFX and Animation School

A little about Sophoria.Academy

Sophoria Academy is a next generation online VFX academy built to inspire and create the future of visual effects artists. At Sophoria Academy, we teach students everything they need to know to kick-start their careers and help in getting them their dream job in the film, TV or game industry. Our courses are curated and designed by legends in the field that they specialize in.

Our online tutorials and the ability to pause and come back later, essentially studying at your own pace is something we wanted to have in our learning process. Sometimes other priorities in life get in the way of learning a new skill-set. Therefor, on our custom LMS back-end, you can pause and continue your training at any time.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to animate a Dragon or an Elephant, perhaps even a giraffe? Would you like to know everything there is to know about lighting a scene in Arnold and Maya? Perhaps you want to do something bigger and learn all about the VFX pipeline, utilizing multiple pieces of software at once and mastering your skills? If so, this is the Academy for you.

The Founder of Sophoria Academy

Our Founder, Jonathan Symmonds will be one of your instructors. He has over 19 years of experience in the animation, TV, game  and film industries having worked on productions such as James Cameron’s Avatar, Prince of Persia, Nanny McPhee, The Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, Siren and so much more. Jonathan is also a motivational speaker and during his animation career as an instructor, taught over 3000 students – many of whom are now working for major companies such as Industrial Light and Magic, Framestore, Pixomondo and Weta to name a few!

For all of you young and aspiring animators looking to gain some experience to improve your demoreels or portfolio, then Jonathan Symmonds will be your ultimate guide!

Come on in, by the way – we also have some free courses! 🙂 >>>

Find out more information by visiting our academy profile page.

What are the benefits of studying at Sophoria Academy?

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.

Learn at your own Pace

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

Download course 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.

Why choose SOPHORIA Academy?

Industry Mentors

Learn from the best mentors that are working in the industry.

Flexi Study

Take your time to understand the content and assignments.

Industry Ready

Graduate with confidence that you are highly skilled.

Payment Plans

Our monthly payment plans and subscriptions are coming soon!


Join the forums to connect to fellow students.

Custom feedback

Custom feedback from your mentor, just for you!

Featured Course of the week

"Dragon Animation Masterclass"

The Dragon Animation Masterclass – 12 Week – Independent study course


One of the most incredible and highly anticipated courses out there! Join Jonathan Symmonds who was the Lead Animator on the Game of Thrones, as he takes you though a 12 Week, action packed course where you will learn everything there is to learn about animating a Dragon! For more information click the button


What Will i Learn?

  • Introduction to the rig and how a dragon moves
  • Understand the fundamentals of flight
  • Create your own set of flight cycles and build up your library
  • Learn how to animate a character on a path and landing
  • A much better understanding of weight and timing
  • Landing a dragon and moving into a roar
  • Behavioral shifts in creatures during action
  • Asset library build and layered animation design
  • Learn how to take-off an extremely heavy creature
  • Camera switching and scripting cameras
  • Basic lighting setups for final look with Light Rig
  • Playblasting techniques and fine-tuning animation
  • Learn how to animation a Dragon Walk Cycle
  • Learn how to animate and cut an in-scene camera
Dragon Masterclass course example

Meet some of our Mentors

Some of our Mentors have been in the industry for longer than some you have been alive! Our mentors are hand picked by the founders of Sophoria Academy as we only want to give you the absolute best learning experience. If you would like to apply as a mentor, click HERE

Jonathan Symmonds

Animation Supervisor

Frederic Durand

Lighting Technical Director

Jayson King

VFX Specialist

Ready to improve your skillset?

Start learning today!

Join the Academy!

We have a dragon course, elephant course, dog animation tutorials, giraffe walk cycles, raptor animation classes, VFX bootcamps, Arnold render masterclasses and so much more!

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