SOPHORIA Academy was founded by Jonathan Symmonds and Romy Tesei who both founded SOPHORIA VFX studios located in Mauritius.

The academy was built to enable the future generations of artists and professionals from all over the globe to learn all the essential skills needed to become the best artists in their respective fields. Our aim is to bring students that are passionate about the film and game industry head to head with industry professionals that are working in the industry today. By giving the students an insight into real0time learning environments from the comfort of their own homes at affordable prices makes us stand out from the rest.

We try to keep our costs low, encouraging those without good financial standing to feel that they can also be a part of the ever demanding industry requirements for films, TV productions and the game industry.

Our Mentors are hand-picked by the founders who themselves are industry professionals in their own rights. We will bring education to the uneducated in the film and VFX industry for the multiple future generations to come.

How does it work?

Once a student is enrolled in a course of their choosing, they must wait for the start date to begin the course. The courses are pre-recorded and our mentors provide 1 on 1 feedback via live sessions and are recorded for further review at a later stage.

This helps the student feel that they are involved as much as possible throughout the courses. We have forums and chat rooms to encourage students to talk to one another and gain critical feedback from fellow students. This is, of course, not mandatory but it provides an extra tool to help motivate students that might be struggling with particular part of their assignments.

The Mentors are always available and will reply within 24 hours to their students about any issues that they might be having.

A student has multiple options to enroll in a course or multiple courses. There are discounts available for selecting multiple courses and we will be offering a subscription package soon to give students a wider selection to the different areas of study.

Sign up now to find out more and learn from the best in the business!

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

Pay at once, or in monthly installments conveniently.


Join the forums to connect to fellow students.

Custom feedback

Custom feedback from your mentor, just for you!

Frequently asked questions...

Do i need to know how to draw before i start?

Not at all! 🙂 Remember being an artist doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be able to draw something. In the film, tv and games industry, the term “Artist” is just used to describe someone who specializes in an area. For example you could have an animator who is an artist but also an animator.  It does help to some degree, especially in modelling and 2D life drawing classes but it is not essential.

Where is the Academy located?

Where are everywhere and nowhere! Jokes aside, basically SOPHORIA Academy is an online school and students can study in their own time from the comfort of their own homes. You do not have to be located in a specific country to join our courses, you can be on a boat out at sea for all we care.

Of course this is important in some cases when it comes time for reviews of your work with your instructors. We can work out a time that best suits you to get feedback or you can have your mentor record the feedback for you if you are not available.

Do i need to know the software being taught before i start?

There are two types of courses. if you are complete beginner then we advice you to take in the introduction courses first. This will get you familiar with the software and confidence before taking the advanced classes. This does not mean you have to do this, but our experience has shown that student find the workflow overwhelming in the advanced classes if they have never used the software before.

What payment plans do you offer?

We have a variety of payment plans and solutions. Please get in touch with us to discuss a solution for your needs.

How much time do i have spend to study?

The courses on average take around 3 months to complete. We recommend spending between 20-35 hours per week on your assignments. Our courses are designed to teach you the maximum amount that you possibly learn in the shortest amount of time. With that in mind, it is important to focus on your goals and assignments so that you do not fall behind.

Do you offer financial aid/loans?

Unfortunately we do not. Our payment plans and upfront payment discounts are fantastic value for the content we provide. We never want our students to be in financial situations and therefor do not affiliate ourselves with banks or other lending platforms.

What is Independent Study?

Independent study is when a student has access to all the course content but is not mentored by the mentor who created the course. There is an option to have you work critiqued by the mentor, there is a fee of $50 for their feedback for each critique.

Side notes...

Rolling start dates

Our courses run every 3 months. If you are interested in applying for a particular course, it is advised to do in advance of the next start dates. Otherwise you will have to wait for 3 months till the following start dates apply.

Prepare for your lessons

Once you have been accepted on a course, be it mentored or independent study, you must try to get ahead of the Mentor by downloading and installing all necessary student licensed software. Sometimes this can take a while so it is best to be prepared before the course starts.