About the course
You'll be learning from the pro's, use current industry-standard software and learn all the techniques needed to have a successful career in the industry. You'll also work in teams to emulate working in industry.
Do you dream of working in the Visual Effects (VFX) industry or even starting your own studio? This programme will give you the advanced skills and knowledge you’ll need, in both compositing and 3D. Best of all, it’s been developed in collaboration with top VFX studios, so it will help you become the kind of professional the industry is looking for.
You’ll work in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice from day one, using professional tools and techniques, giving you a true taste of life in the workplace.
Throughout the programme, you’ll work as part of a team on creative projects that will grow in size and complexity over time, learning key skills that will help you deliver high quality projects in a studio environment. You’ll quickly become immersed in the VFX world, understanding its tools, tricks and practices and feeling part of this exciting industry.
You’ll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors, to help you learn essential skills and industry knowledge, plus regular feedback on your work from VFX practitioners.
Our tutors are all top industry professionals, so you’ll be taught by the best in the business. They know how to turn your passion for VFX, into a practical, studio-ready skillset. By your third year, you’ll be working in a team just like a fully functioning independent studio, and if you decide to stay on for your fourth year, you’ll also learn about becoming an entrepreneur and develop the skills to start your own studio.
Either way, you’ll already feel part of the industry when you graduate, and be ready to help shape its future. We’ll also help you to create a professional portfolio of work to show employers, developed with advice and feedback from your tutors, mentors and industry professionals.
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).
This course will be delivered at Escape MidTown, 190 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BH
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
- 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
- Access Escape's Virtual Learning Environment for free extra resources to support your training
- 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
What You’ll Study
Level 4 / Year 1
All our Escape Studios undergraduate students study common modules in their first year. This will, help to give you the all-round skills you’ll need to begin your journey to becoming a professional.
• Creative Foundations - Project (30 credits) - This builds your team working skills and helps you develop your creative thinking.
• Creative Foundations - Craft (30 credits) - This allows you to develop core skills relevant to all the creative industries.
• Video Game Art - Core (15 credits) - Introduces the key skills for developing game art.
• Computer Animation - Core (15 credits) - Introduces the fundamentals of computer animation.
• Compositing for VFX - Core (15 credits) - Covers basic compositing techniques.
• 3D for VFX - Core (15 credits) - Provides a foundation of 3D skills.
Level 5 / Year 2
From your second year you’ll start to specialise in VFX and work in teams on industry-style projects.
• 3D for VFX - Pro (30 credits) - Takes your 3D skills to proficient level.
• Compositing for VFX - Pro (30 credits) - Develops your compositing skills.
• Specialism (15 credits) - This allows you to develop a VFX specialism and gain a deep understanding of an aspect of your craft.
• Industry Studio Project (45 credits) - Working in teams, you will take on a number of roles to deliver projects to in a studio environment to industry level briefs.
Level 6 / Year 3
By your third year, you’ll be working in a team just like a fully functioning independent studio and become an expert in your chosen specialism.
• Advanced Specialism (30 credits) - You will go deeper into your chosen specialism, becoming an expert in an aspect of your craft.
• Professional Practice (30 credits) - This will support your transition into a professional, ensuring you have an understanding of what it takes to operate in the VFX industry.
• Professional Studio Project (60 credits) - Working in teams, you will be required to deliver high quality projects to industry briefs using professional approaches and techniques.
Level 7 / Year 4 (Integrated Masters)
If you choose to stay on for the fourth year, you’ll add entrepreneurship and the ability to manage your fledgling studio as a real business, taking it to the next level of professionalism. You’ll be asked to organise yourselves to work as digital studio, working on projects that will be viable and to a commercial standard. The four modules this year assess your studio based on the crucial aspects that define its success.
• Art & Design (30 credits) - This assesses how well your project meets the aesthetic and functional qualities defined in your brief.
• Craft (30 credits) - How has your mastery of your craft been used in the project?
• Process (30 credits) - This covers the project management and implementation of your project.
• Business (30 credits) - This looks at how viable your project is and how well you’ve managed your resources.
Learn in a Studio Environment
You’ll be working in a studio environment, using the latest professional software and tools. For the team-based projects you’ll have a workspace that you can make your own to fit the way your team works best, just like a real studio.
How Your Work Will Be Assessed
Assessment is focused on project work and you’ll need to demonstrate that you can apply the knowledge and skills you’ve developed to produce high quality work. We’ll also expect you to be able to reflect on your own work and that of others and we’ll assess your ability to analyse and present your thoughts effectively in a number of ways, including reflective journals and presentations. A key feature of assessment of all project work is that there is input from industry, ensuring that the feedback you receive helps you develop as a professional.
This programme has been developed in collaboration with experienced industry leaders such as Double Negative (the VFX company behind films such as Interstellar and the Dark Knight Trilogy), and Framestore (VFX for films such as the Oscar-winning Gravity and Paddington).
Our industry partners influence everything we do. You’ll have regular contact with the industry, from master classes given by leading professionals to industry-defined creative briefs and regular feedback from industry mentors.
You’ll also have the opportunity to attend industry talks, as well as events aimed at helping you network with studios, talk to recruiters and showcase your showreel.
Our fee waiver policy means that the cost of our degrees compares really well to other universities and because you’ll graduate career-ready, it’s a great investment in your future.
The fees include registration, tuition and examination fees, all your reading materials as eBooks and full access to our online library 24/7 as well as much more.
Our fees are as follows, but make sure you read our fee waiver information below:
- Full time: £9,000 per year (£6,000 per year with fee waiver)
The Government offers loans of up to £6,000 pa to full-time students studying on designated courses at Higher Education Institutions like Pearson College London (see the section on student loans). As we are committed to ensuring that talented students with potential have the opportunity to succeed by undertaking one of our degrees, we offer all applicants the opportunity to bring their tuition fees down to £6,000 pa if they successfully complete our Creative Workshop.
This means that you can graduate with less than 70% of the level of student debt when compared to the average debt held by a graduating student from a Public Provider.
Undergraduate entry in 2017 - For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at alternative providers, including Pearson College London, are designated each year by the Department for Education. We have made an application for our undergraduate courses to also be designated for the 2017-18 academic year. We expect this process to be completed in early 2017.
Unfortunately, students resident in Wales are not eligible for student loans for programmes at Pearson College London due to the funding rules of the Welsh government.
Visit http://www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/desig/cdforstudents/ for more information.
Tuition Fee Loans
These are loans from the Student Loans Company, (the student finance companies for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and the money will be sent directly to us to pay your tuition fees.
If you’re a full-time student, you can borrow up to £9,000 pa to pay your tuition fees at a publicly funded university or college, or up to £6,000 pa for a privately-funded one like Pearson College London.
If you’re planning to study full-time, you may also get a Maintenance Loan to help with your living costs. You can apply for this when you apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.
If you’re given a Maintenance Loan you’ll have to pay it back after your degree finishes, but only if you earn above a certain level, currently £21,000 pa. The amount you get depends on your household income and you’ll get money at the start of each term.
Paying Back What You Borrowed
You won’t start paying your Tuition Fee Loan or Maintenance Loan back until the April after your degree finishes, and only if you earn above £21,000 a year.
If you’re employed, your repayments will be calculated by your employer and taken directly from your salary, then, at the end of the tax year, they’ll be sent to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The amount you owe will be cancelled after 30 years, or if you become permanently disabled or die.
You may be entitled to extra funding if you’re from a low-income household, you have children or adult dependents, you have a disability or you’re a care leaver.
How to apply
You can register your details for student finance when you apply for your place through UCAS. Find out more about student finance.
Alternatively, you can apply directly via the Gov.uk website.
Scholarships and bursaries
We want to make sure that talented students with potential can succeed on our degrees, regardless of your financial situation. That’s why we offer a great range of scholarships and bursaries.
Depending on the scholarship you apply for, you could be awarded up to 100% of your tuition fees. All scholarships are provided as a tuition fee waiver and any offer will be conditional on you accepting us as ‘Conditional Firm’ or ‘Unconditional Firm’ if applying through UCAS. Our scholarships offer a unique opportunity to be hand-picked by some of the biggest names in industry and have your tuition fees paid in full!
Paul Franklin Scholarship for VFX
A full tuition fee scholarship awarded to one applicant to the BA/MArt (Hons) The Art of Visual Effects degree.
Paul Franklin has worked on some of the most memorable and successful films of recent times, titles such as Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. His work on Inception (2010) won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and the BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects and he won a second Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Interstellar (2014).
We offer bursaries to students who come from areas with traditionally low participation rates in Higher Education. We do this to help students who may not progress into Higher Education otherwise, because we recognise and believe in talent and potential, regardless of background or circumstances.
Fees, fee waivers and scholarships are subject to change. To find out more, get in touch with our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 203 441 1303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We also offer simple, affordable payment plans to help you spread the cost of your tuition fees. To find out more please get in touch with our Academic Registry team.
Applicants are normally expected to be predicted two passes at A-Level or equivalent in addition to GCSE English and Mathematics grade C or equivalent. We’re looking for passionate and committed students and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Students are required to bring aportfolio of creative work along to a Creative Workshop at Escape Studios. We give equal value to applicants of all backgrounds and experience. We’re looking for students with lots of ability and a real passion for their subject. If you’d like to talk to us about your circumstances before submitting an application, contact our Admissions Team on email@example.com
If your first language is not English, you may need to complete an English language test, such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS), to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your degree. All our courses are taught in English.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in Speaking and Listening)
|Pearson Test of English (PTE)||62 including 60 in each subtest|
New UCAS Tarriff for 2017
Only the numbers are changing.
|Qualification and grade||Old tariff||New Tariff|
|A level grade A*||140||56|
|A level grade A||120||48|
|A level grade B||100||40|
|A level grade C||80||32|
|A level grade D||60||24|
|A level grade E||40||16|
You still need to achieve the same grades.
How to apply
We applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Step 1 - Apply for your Place
You’ll need to submit your application through UCAS (search for ‘Pearson College London including Escape Studios’)
Applicants are normally expected to be predicted two passes at A-Level or equivalent in addition to GCSE English and Mathematics grade C or equivalent.
Application is via a creative portfolio. Applications are welcome from students with non-traditional backgrounds or lower formal qualifications who have a passion for their chosen subject areas and can demonstrate their creative ability and communication skills.
Students are required to submit a portfolio and attend a Creative Workshop. Where an applicant does not have a creative portfolio then a creative brief will be provided to them in advance of the Creative Workshop.
Pearson College London welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Those with a disability are encouraged to discuss the nature of their disability with the Programme during the application process. The College has a process to assess additional learning needs, providing support and where appropriate ‘reasonable adjustments’ in assessment.
Students who do not have English as a first language will need to demonstrate their proficiency with appropriate qualifications or evidence of having been taught English previously. Typical English Language Level: Average 6.5 IELTs, minimum 6.0 reading and writing. Please be aware, however that at the moment we can’t accept applications from overseas students to study in the UK, except from the EU.
Step 2 - Shortlisting
Our Academic Team will consider your application very carefully and review your qualifications, experience and creative portfolio.
Step 3 - Creative Workshop
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Creative Workshop where you’ll take part in activities and complete an interview. The group activities will demonstrate our unique learning environment and will give you a taste of what it’s really like to study here.
At the Creative Workshop:
- The creative portfolio or brief will be discussed with Programme Tutors
- Applicants will be placed in groups and take part in a group exercise
Your performance in these two tasks along with your creative portfolio will be used to assess your application.
Step 4 - Your Offer
You’ll receive our offer through UCAS, but we’ll also write to you directly.
Your offer may be conditional on you achieving specific grades. If so, we’ll make it clear what those grades are.
If you’d like to talk to us about anything to do with applying for a place please email or call 0203 441 1303.
- UCAS CODE
I702 (BA) I703 (MArt)
- INSTITUTION CODE
Escape Studios MidTown
- COURSE START DATES
- TUITION FEES
£9,000 per year or only £6,000 p.a. with a fee waiver
- MODE OF STUDY
- PROGRAMME DURATION
BA 3 years, MArt 4 years
- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Creative portfolio and Creative Workshop