Escape Studios live online learning

Start your course in 2021

We offer the option to study our courses live online, making them accessible to more budding artists and giving you the option of live online or in-person study to suit your needs.

All of our courses will be running in 2021*, regardless of the COVID-19 situation - whilst conforming to government guidelines. We will be delivering our daytime short courses and postgraduate degrees in our studios (when allowed by government guidelines), with the option to study live online for those who prefer. Our evening short courses will be running live online only until further notice. We are committed to providing you with an authentic student experience, whether it be in the studio or online in one of our virtual classrooms.

How we teach online - what to expect

Our courses offer great flexibilty and are taught by our expert tutors, who bring their wealth of industry experience to the classroom with tips and tricks of the trade as practiced in the workplace.

By taking the live online learning option of our courses, you will benefit from:

  • Live online courses that allow you to interact with your tutor and other students, ask questions and show your work virtually
  • Small class sizes
  • Access to our studio assistants who can help out with technical or recap issues
  • Online feedback from our industry partners**. Previous partners have included: Cinesite, Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Climax Games Studios, PlayStation London Studio, Jellyfish Pictures and MPC.

*All courses are subject to minimum student numbers.

**Available for certain courses only.

Check out the work that our students produced whilst studying online:  

Testimonials

Hear from our students, tutors and industry partners on their experience with online learning.

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I did not have an undergrad degree in art, but Escape Studios saw the potential in me. They gave me flexible learning opportunities (online or in person), so I was able to do the master’s that fit around my life. The tutors have invaluable industry experience and knowledge which is vital to getting hired in the industry. Escape has also given me the opportunity to have my work viewed by some of the top studios in the UK, and a chance to have one on one mentor sessions with art directors and artists from the industry. Working remotely at Escape Studios is really engaging, everyone is online in a live learning environment so it’s like going to regular classes from the comfort of your own home. All the tutors are online via messaging during the work day, and I really felt connected with the rest of my peers.

Lizze Rose - MA Game Art

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Remote learning has opened many new possibilities for me and the interaction between the teacher and the students is excellent. As the number of students in the course is kept small, the relationship between us is good and it is useful to work with them in groups sharing opinions. I enjoyed the friendly environment that was created in class, as questions could be asked at any time and there was no difference between face-to-face and online students. The interaction between the teacher and the students also made the classes much more enjoyable because we could learn from each other instead of just listening to what the teacher was explaining, which made you feel more integrated in the group.

Victor Carrasco - MA 2D Compositing

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The efficiency of Escape is unquestionable – within a few weeks, they bring you up to speed on the basics of industry-standard software and techniques, thanks to their very experienced and really passionate tutors.

Mattia Binda - MA 3D VFX

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I have found that the experience of mentoring remotely has allowed me to spend more time engaging in in-depth feedback with each student individually while benefiting from the online group setting. Students are able to share links to their work with me, where I go through their projects with them step-by-step and address any concerns or new ideas they may have. At the end of our feedback sessions students are given the opportunity to ask questions about their projects, their portfolios, as well as any industry specific questions that will help prepare them for entering the workforce. It has been a highly rewarding experience for me personally, to get to watch each student flourish as an artist from session to session!

Industry Feedback from Nikita Fudge - CG Generalist at Fudge Animation Studios

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It was really eye opening how well online worked. Some students who were very quiet in the class blossomed. They had tons of interaction in groups and individually via Google Meet, Discord, email and phone.

Klaudija Cermak, 2D Tutor

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As surprising as it may seem, the online delivery of our courses (Undergraduate and Part Time as far as I'm concerned) provide an increased interactivity with students and therefore more support and feedback.

Clement Gharini, 2D Tutor  

Escapees' success stories

Our students who graduated from studying online have found great success with starting their careers within the industry, additionally having their projects nominated and win a multitude of awards. We've also continued to see many promotions and their career development; our alumni will not let anything stop them from excelling!

Paloma Zhu

Paloma Zhu directed the short film 'Kiwi's Dream' whilst studying virtually, and it won "Best Director" at the Prague Film Festival! The short film also won "Best No Budget Film" at Dreamer's Short Film Festival and won an "Honourable Mention" at the London International Monthly Film Festival (LIMFF).

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Haydn Roff

Haydn, who studied The Art of Video Games, was recently promoted from Junior Technical Artist to Technical Artist at The Mill in January 2021! Haydn's role at The Mill is essentially to help fill the gap between the developers and the artists, a job he describes as "a little bit of everything".

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Angie Piedrahita Cajigas

Angie studied The Art of VFX with us and got her first graduate job as a Production Assistant at MPC in 2019. She later moved on to work at Cinesite in 2020 and since then got a promotion from Junior VFX Production Coordinator to VFX Coordinator.

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Shannon Martin

Shannon contributed to two successful student animated films: "Street Ratz", and "Home Sweet Home", during her time at Escape Studios. She recently joined the team at Industrial Light & Magic as a Junior Facial Capture Artist in January 2021!

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Ash Ellis

Ash studied Animation and VFX with us and stayed on as a Studio Assistant and even taught lighting for animation to our students. He then went on to work in MPC and started a new role in 2020 as a Matchmove Artist at Worldwide FX.

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Hardware and Software

We appreciate that not everyone has access to the hardware and software they need to study live online. Whilst our tutors are experts and great teachers, our courses are 100% practical, so you’ll need some sort of access. Once you find out what software is necessary to your course, you can figure out the best way to access this from your own PC. Here are some information to help with your decision:

Hardware Support

FAQs

By paying the live online learning price, do we have to pay the difference if we want to return to the studio?

How much interaction will I get with the tutors by studying live online and is there a difference in the level of support I will get with the tutors studying live online vs. on-site?

Will industry feedback be provided while the courses are taught live online (full-time courses)?

Do I have to purchase the software?

Will the classroom size be increased with the courses being taught live online?