Live online learning

Please note that our daytime courses will be running in 2021 with options for both live online learning and face-to-face learning (when allowed by government guidelines), to allow us to accommodate for everyone's specific needs, and everyone's safety, as we apply social distancing measures in line with government guidance. For more information, please visit our live online learning page or contact our Admissions team.

Advanced Compositing for Visual Effects (18 weeks)

Take your comp skills to a more technical level with this 18 week course. If you're serious about breaking into the industry - go advanced!

This is our most popular 2D course and it’s easy to see why. In just 18 weeks, you not only learn how to use 2D tools but you also get to grips with the principles behind them. You study the content of the intensive 12 week compositing course and then move onto 6 weeks of advanced study, exploring the latest technological advances in compositing and understanding how 2D and 3D integrate.

Studios are crying out for skilled compositors and we’ve packed this course with the artistic and technical skills you need to get hired. During the advanced 6 weeks of the course you will keep finessing the additional artistic techniques that are used by the high-end compositors. You get foundation to customising Nuke and developing pipelines if you are more interested in the technical roles (TD, RnD). You will also learn an introduction to managerial skills useful for sequence leads and supervisors if that is the direction you may choose to take a couple of years after the course.

Our tutors are top industry professionals, so you’ll be taught by the best in the business. Plus, we work with industry professionals on all of our daytime courses (full-time) so you'll hear directly from someone who's working in the industry and get feedback on your work from a pro. 

We've been teaching compositing at Escape Studios since 2002 and we’ve helped thousands of students break into the industry. 

  • Location: London campus or Live online
  • Start dates: 29 March 2021
  • Tuition fees:
    London campus: £15,950
    Live online: £12,760
  • Mode of study: Daytime (full-time)
  • Programme duration: 18 weeks
  • Entry requirements: Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English

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For a one-to-one chat or a personal tour of our industry-like studios, contact our Admissions team.

Meet our tutors

A lot of Allar's life has been spent staring at computer monitors trying to figure out what's really going on. With a background in shooting news for TV and projecting films he found his way to the world of VFX through the Digital Post Production MA from the National Film and Television School.

After years of compositing commercials, music promos and feature films in Nuke and Flame, heading the VFX editorial department at Realise Studio and developing their pipeline solutions, the childhood calling of science drove him back to continue his studies in computing and the brains.

His research interests include computer vision, natural and artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfaces and finding approaches to bridge the art of cognitive neurosciences with the awesomeness of visual effects.

Industry partners

Industry partners and advisors influence everything we do, from the curriculum we teach and how it's delivered to our webinars and events.

We work alongside an impressive list of VFX, Games and Animation studios including Industrial Light & MagicFramestore, Blue Zoo, MPC, Jellyfish Pictures, PlayStation London Studio and Creative Assembly and many more across all our courses at Escape Studios.

With exclusive professional feedback, intensive software training and much more, our industry-led courses give you up-to-the-minute, inspirational knowledge and experience, tailored to the work you’re passionate about. Our Escape Studios Alumni (Escapees) can be found working at a variety of studios including Pixar, MPC, Industrial Light & Magic, DNEG, Rockstar Games and Electric Theatre Collective.

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Why Escape Studios?

Learn industry-relevant techniques from the experts, in a studio-like environment.

  • Industry-experienced tutors. Our tutors have worked at studios including DNEG, Walt Disney AnimationEARebellion and Framestore and their credits include Captain AmericaBlack Mirror and Bond: Spectre. They speak at international conferences, like B’Ars (Spain) and VIEW Conference (Italy), write for industry-recognised blog Befores&Afters, and are authorised trainers for software like Unreal EngineAutodesk or Houdini.
  • State-of-the-art facilities. Our central London campus is surrounded by world-leading studios and fully equipped with high-end hardware and the latest software. 
  • Industry partners. Our studio partners, including DNEGFramestore and PlayStation London Studio, help design and develop our courses to make sure that what we teach is relevant to the current industry practices. You’ll also have access to events and webinars ran by our Student Experience team with industry speakers.

I particularly like the fact that the classes are production-focused and not the traditional classroom experience. Classes are taught in a way that mimics a production studios.

Ayo Okusi-Daniels, Escape Studios alumnus