BA (Hons)/MArt The Art of Visual Effects

Do you dream of working on the next blockbuster or TV series?

Technology innovation and the increase in digital entertainment consumption have made the visual effects (VFX) industry one of the fastest growing industries, with the UK’s sector generating an impressive £1.6bn in 2021 (source BFI). There’s never been a more exciting time to join the creative industries, whether you want to apply VFX to big blockbusters, commercials, TV series or other industries such as architecture, medicine or automobiles.

This programme has been developed with professional VFX Artists to make sure it stays relevant and up to date. It is perfect to gain knowledge of 3D VFX and 2D compositing, providing you with the technical and creative skills that the industry is looking for. You’ll also develop your soft skills and start building your experience and industry network and will graduate with a shiny showreel to open the path to a successful career. Intensive hands-on tutorials will be taught in our London industry-standard facilities, by experienced tutors who’ve worked on the likes of Thor: Love and Thunder, Gladiator, Kingsman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • UCAS code: I702 (BA) - I703 (MArt)
  • Institution code: P34
  • Location: London campus
  • Start date: September
  • Fees: (See Fees and Funding section)
    £9,250 per year for 2023/2024 entry
  • Mode of study: Full time
  • Programme duration: BA 3 years, MArt 4 years
  • Entry requirements: Portfolio and creative workshop, plus predicted two passes at A Level or equivalent

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Why choose this course

  • Ranked 2nd in the UK – and 10th in the world for Visual Effects Excellence by The Rookies
  • Based in London – home to some of the best visual effects studios in the world
  • Industry briefs – work on industry-standard briefs and experience real-life scenarios, just like in a professional studio
  • Successful alumni – you’ll join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top studios. 20 Escapees worked on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, 36 on No Time to Die and 16 on Stranger Things
  • Industry-standard facilities – work in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, using professional software such as Maya, Nuke and ZBrush
  • Professional input – our advisory board of experts, from the likes of DNEG (Avengers: Endgame and Oscar-winning Dune) and MPC (The Lion King and 1917), help keep this degree up to date. You will also receive feedback on some of your work from industry professionals
  • All-round creative skills – study common modules in your first year to gain an understanding of visual effects, animation and game art and how the pipelines cross over
  • Soft skills – learn soft skills such as teamwork, organisation and giving and receiving feedback to prepare you for work in the real world
  • Specialisms: 2D vs 3D – you’ll be introduced to both 2D compositing for VFX and 3D for VFX, so you can decide which you enjoy most and best lends itself to your skillset
  • Our student short films have been nominated and won several international awards over the years, including Jerich0 being shortlisted for the Student BAFTA Awards
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Not only was the standard of work excellent but the students themselves were incredibly articulate, self-assured and mature. It is testament to the course leaders that these students have already secured employment and will no doubt have successful careers.

Harry Jones, Operations Director at Time Based Arts 

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Industry partners

Our industry partners, including DNEG, Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic and PlayStation London Studio, influence everything we do, helping design our degrees to keep them relevant to current practice. You’ll have regular contact with the industry, from master classes to creative briefs and regular feedback from professionals.

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Industry-expert tutors

Our tutors are actively involved in industry, so they'll be able to give you real insight into your chosen career. They have worked at studios including DNEGWalt Disney Animation, EA, Rebellion and Framestore and their credits include Captain America, Black Mirror and Bond: Spectre.

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Our central London campus is surrounded by world-leading studios and fully equipped with high-end hardware and the latest software, so you learn in a real studio environment.

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