This Master's degree in Visual Effects (3D) provides the perfect opportunity for those looking to gain an advanced role in the VFX industry.

You'll learn a vast range of VFX skills, gain a fully accredited MA qualification and get to research the latest techniques within the industry. Mentored by world-famous VFX studio and an Industry Parter- Framestore, you'll receive intensive software training whilst learning advanced skills in VFX.  

This course is designed to give you practical, vocational training and a fully-accredited MA qualification, so you won't just graduate, you'll graduate as a highly-skilled, highly-creative VFX professional. 

Giving you advanced, up-to-date skills in state-of-the-art 3D VFX technologies and techniques, you'll be taught by an industry-trained tutor, and specialise in software recommended by industry including: Autodesk Maya, ZBrush, 3DEqualizer and NUKE. 

We've teamed up with the University of Kent to bring you a programme that goes beyond our regular 3D for VFX courses, with an in-depth understanding of how to take your classroom-studio skills and use them in real-world production environments.

If you're joining this course and starting on 16th January 2017, you'll benefit from:

  • A visit to Framestore on your first day, where they will tell you about the mentoring scheme they’ll be providing for this course
  • Three classroom feedback and mentoring sessions provided by a 3D Artist from Framestore 
  • A final review session with Framestore recruiters and recruiters from other post-production companies, so you can present your showreel and receive feedback 
  • An evening feedback and mentoring session with a Houdini Artist from Framestore, held at Escape Studios
  • We’ll also offer you the opportunity to take a supplementary Houdini Dynamics (5 weeks, 2 evenings each week) and a Houdini Tools (5 weeks, 2 evenings each week) course at no extra cost, so you’ll be able to really get to grips with Houdini ahead of working in industry

You'll graduate with a degree from the University of Kent. Known as the UK’s European University, the University of Kent is ranked 23rd in The Guardian University Guide 2017, it is also ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity out of 122 multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and has the fifth equal highest score for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015, out of 115 multi-faculty institutions. It has also been voted one of the top five universities for teaching in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education (THE).

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Why Escape Studios, Pearson College London?

  • Learn from award-winning industry professionals and experienced industry-focused tutors; our tutors have not only been behind some of the best new talent in their field, but have an impressive array of achievements from their time practicing what they preach
  • All graduates produce an industry-standard showreel as an output of their course
  • State-of-the-art, studio-style facilities in a great London location
  • Ongoing alumni support following graduation - our 4000+ alumni are spread far and wide enjoying careers at the best studios in the business
  • Free online primer course - bring your foundation skills up to speed before you start
  • Access Escape's Virtual Learning Environment for free extra resources to support your training - throughout your course and for 12 months after you graduate
  • Get help and advice on your CV, showreel and job applications
  • Our small class sizes ensure that we deliver a personalised, student-led approach to learning
  • Sign up for free Autodesk software when you join our Autodesk Education Community
  • Enjoy flexible learning with 18 weeks of classroom study, 12 weeks of online learning with a mentor and a 15 week final project, completed online with a mentor.

Course summary

    Mark Spevick
    Escape Studios West
    2 October 2017
    Full time, Mon-Fri
    1 year
Validated by the University of Kent

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  • Escape Studios West, Shepherds West, Rockley Road, W14 0DA
  • 0207 348 1920

Dr Ian Palmer

Deputy Vice Principal, Escape Studios

“These programmes are unique because they immerse the students in a team-based learning experience that closely mirrors that of the workplace from day one. This is combined with developing a professional skillset and in-depth knowledge of their chosen specialisation. The students feel like part of their industry from the start, and by the time they graduate they’ll be ready to help shape its future.”