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Expert Technical Artist:
Shading & Effects

Set the standard with the only professional certification for Technical Artists working in Shading & Effects. Validate your expertise and demonstrate to employers that you have the technical skills and applied knowledge required for senior roles in the game industry. Unity Expert Certifications are available to take online and at more than 5,200 testing centers worldwide via the Pearson VUE network.

Unity Certified Expert: Shading & Effects

Demonstrate your mastery of Shading & Effects

The Shading & Effects Technical Artist focuses on delivering the visual intentions behind the game. Artists with skills and competency in shading and effects often work with other Technical Artists and Effects Artists to prepare assets or enhance prepared assets. Shading and Effects artists are responsible for implementing the look, style, theme, and aesthetics of the game. Artists with these core skills implement real-time and baked lighting, create and customize shaders and rendering systems, and create particle systems and effects that interact with other assets.

This certification is for game industry professionals who have the equivalent of several years’ experience in roles such as Shader Writer, Lighter, and Effects Artist.

Once you’re certified, you’ll receive a verifiable digital badge which will be your online credential that you can share. You can add it to your resume, website, or blog, put it in your email footer, or share it on social network such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Certification is valid for two years. Visit our FAQs to learn more (includes accessibility information).

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  • What’s covered on the exam
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Technical Artist: Shading & Effects exam

The Unity Expert Technical Artist: Shading & Effects exam is now available online and in-person through Pearson VUE’s global network of testing centers, which provide an easy and reliable way to schedule an exam near you.

What’s covered on the exam

Exam topics

The Shading & Effects Technical Artist certification verifies that candidates have the skills necessary to effectively implement the look, style, theme and aesthetics of the game. Successful candidates will have advanced proficiency in the following areas.Topics include:

Tooling and Pipeline
  • Asset customization
  • Process improvement through custom tools and Editor customization
  • Render pipeline
  • Post-processing effects
  • Cameras in Unity
  • Shader construction, prototyping and customization
  • Render Setup shader knowledge
  • Scripting knowledge pertaining to shaders
Particles and Effects
  • Particle System customization and extension
  • Effects techniques
  • Scene optimization


This expert certification is recommended for people who have spent several years in this field and have accrued a variety of advanced, practical application experience, such as:

  • Experience in a video game development studio, with at least two shipped titles
  • Strong knowledge of physically based lighting techniques and workflows
  • Expert level understanding of material authoring for physically based rendering pipelines
  • Expert level understanding of color correction and post effects
  • Strong knowledge of photographic concepts
  • Experience writing shaders in HLSL, CgFX or other shading languages
  • Knowledge of scripting/coding using languages such as C++, C#, or Unityscript
  • Strong knowledge of particle systems, dynamic simulations, and interchange formats such as Alembic
  • Fluency with asset-creation tools such as Adobe Creative Suite, Substance Designer, Substance Painter, Quixel Suite, etc.
  • Strong understanding of 2D and 3D math concepts

Exam Objectives

The Expert Technical Artist: Shading & Effects Certification is now available in English, with Japanese, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese to follow. The Exam Objectives are free to download in the following languages.


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