Visual Effects - courses, degrees and events

Why should I get into VFX?

The UK has some of the best visual effects studios in the world, some of which are our industry partners, including DNEG, Industrial Light & Magic and Framestore. There are a variety of departments in the VFX industry, including 3D modelling, simulations, compositing and more. Did you know... More than 90% of the UK VFX work force is based in London?

Our alumni (dubbed 'Escapees') have gone on to work for some of the biggest studios in the world and on projects such as Oscar-winning The Jungle Book, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, The Revenant, Spectre, Interstellar, Gravity and Harry Potter.

Explore our free Industry Beginner's Guide to find out why there has never been a better time to enter the VFX industry! 

What visual effects courses do we offer?

Our courses aim to get you skilled in various departments within post-production in the visual effects industry, from 3D to compositing and finishing (2D). Our courses cover software such as Autodesk Maya, The Foundry's Nuke, SideFX Houdini and more.

The difference between 2D and 3D VFX

Deciding where in the Visual Effects industry you want to work can be a confusing decision seeing as there are many job roles to choose from, such as 3D Modelling, Compositing, FX and much more.  Take a look at our Compositing and Finishing for VFX hub for more information about 2D in VFX.

Are you not sure whether 2D or 3D is for you? Read our Careers Guide and take a quick Careers Quiz! Also take a look at our YouTube videos and infographic to get a breakdown of what each sector includes.

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VFX webinars and events

Tune into our free webinars and online events to find out more about the world of VFX.

Our next VFX webinars haven't been confirmed yet but keep an eye on our E_scape Hub for events about other disciplines, recording of past webinars and plently of other resources!

TASTER SESSIONS

We offer a number of classroom-based and online Taster courses throughout the year, so you can 'try before you buy' and get a hands-on feel for what it's like to study with us.

Undergraduate

Postgraduate and short courses

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Taster Days

Bookings for our next on-campus taster day are now open!

Book now for Saturday 16th July

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Houdini

Monday 27th June at 6:30pm

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Compositing

Wednesday 1st June at 5pm

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3D Visual Effects

Tuesday 7th June 2022 at 6:30pm

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What does visual effects at Escape Studios look like?

Get an insight of our VFX student projects in our student showreel. Also check out previous events and webinars on our YouTube channel.

What makes our VFX courses and degrees unique?

  • Our VFX courses cover training with industry-professional software such as Maya, Nuke, Houdini and more. 
  • Our classrooms and lessons mirror a standard industry VFX studio, to give you a true taste of life in the workplace.
  • You'll benefit from industry feedback sessions with our industry partners, individual professionals working in the industry and our alumni, who have gone to work on some of the biggest projects in the world, including Star Wars, Avengers and Harry Potter.
  • Our tutors are all experts in their field and have been hand-picked from some of the most successful studios; in their lessons they share tips and tricks that they've learnt during their time in industry, so you'll be taught by some of the best in the business!
  • All our courses are developed with our industry partners, some of the biggest studio’s in the world - Framestore, Cinesite and Axis Studios are just a few studios that not only input into our courses, but regularly visit us and partake in events such as our annual VFX Festival.

          Learn more about our Industry partners.

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Escape was the spark that started the fire, with an amazing selection of tutors, extremely talented and with huge experience. The Escape Studios experience is your best opportunity to get inside the industry in a short period of time.

Carlos Conção‎, Digital Compositor at Industrial Light & Magic & Escapee

Who will teach me?

Get taught by global expert tutors. They have worked at studios including DNEG, Walt Disney Animation, EA and Framestore and their credits include Captain America, Black Mirror and Thor: Ragnarok

They speak at international conferences, like B’Ars (Spain) and VIEW Conference (Italy), write for an industry-recognised blog, Befores&Afters, and are authorised trainers for software like Unreal Engine, Autodesk or Houdini.

VFX Escapee success stories

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Kajsa Christiansson

Prep and Roto Artist at One of Us

Studied Advanced Compositing for VFX

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Andrea Lacedelli

Crowd Artist at MPC Episodic

Studied 3D for VFX

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Rafael Martins

Lead Layout Artist at Axis Studios

Studied Advanced 3D for VFX

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Laraib Atta

Digital Compositor at Industrial Light & Magic

Studied 2D and 3D for VFX

Career resources

Delve into our helpful guides, read our exciting blogs and check out our E_Hub to stay up to date with everything Escape!

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VFX Blog

Visit our Visual Effects blog to get your regular dose of industry news and tips. Plus, view our students' showreels to see what we get up to at Escape Studios.

Read the blog

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E_Scape Hub

Checkout our range of online resources, from guides to webinars, tutorials and events.

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