Escape Studios becomes an approved Houdini Certified School

Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London, has gained recognition as a Houdini Certified School from the leading 3D animation and visual effects software company SideFX, software developers of Houdini itself. 

This new partnership highlights Escape Studio’s excellence in teaching Houdini, showcased with a profile on the SideFX website. Students at Escape Studios will also benefit from exclusive access to Houdini webinars, presentations and real-time feedback sessions for their portfolios. 

Developed by SideFX, Houdini is a 3D animation software application used by many of the world’s leading studios for the creation of visual effects in film and games. Escape Studios uses Houdini as part of its teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, along with its range of short courses

Saint Walker, Deputy Dean at Escape Studios, said: “We’re thrilled to further cement our relationship with SideFX by becoming a Houdini Certified School. Alongside our degree programme, we’ve recently been reskilling VFX artists sadly furloughed or out of work in Houdini, so it’s fantastic to gain this certification. 

“This is a wonderful milestone for teachers and students here at Escape Studios, including our Head of 3D VFX Mark Spevick, who works closely with SideFX to develop tutorials and demos that are extremely popular on our YouTube channel.” 


Escape Studios offer undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics. Students get the opportunity to work in industry-style studios using the latest tools and techniques and work as part of a team on high quality creative projects. They have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors, who, alongside with creative professionals, will provide regular feedback on students’ work. 

Find out more about Escape Studios here.  

Houdini Certified School