BSc (Hons)/MSci Character Creation for Animation, Games & VFX*

If you feel a passion for storytelling and creating characters with rich backstories that are a part of vast and detailed worlds… then this is the course for you.

The creative industry is now bigger than ever, and we are always asked to create characters for everything, from films, animations, advertising, games, TV and more. The role of Character Creator is to bring characters to life.

This course has been created with our industry partners to encompass not only theory but technical and artistic approaches. Although the pipelines for character creation differ across different outputs such as VFX or games, this course approaches character creation holistically, so that you are prepared for this process in any scenario, especially in the ever-changing world where technology and tools evolve so often.

Taught by industry professionals, you will understand the character creation pipeline from concept to implementation, developing models, character rigs and FX. This will require work at all points in the production pipeline, including simulations of muscles, cloth and fur. You will have the transferable skills to work and support teams in both technical and artistic capacities across different outputs such as complex character simulations, and real-time and interactive production environments, such as virtual reality and other forms of interactive entertainment.

Designed with our industry partners, this cutting-edge course will enable you to develop and refine your skills, with individual specialisms, as well as working alongside our Technical Art and Games Design programmes, and our extended undergraduate art programmes. This course will provide rich and varied opportunities to work on collaborative projects, developing the soft and technical skills that companies look for in Character Creators in all disciplines.

*Subject to validation

  • UCAS code: I804 (BSc) - I805 (MSci)
  • 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
  • Duration: BSc 3 years, MSci 4 years
  • Entry requirements: Attending a workshop and being predicted two passes at A Level or equivalent

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Why choose this course

  • Based in London
    Home to some of the best animation, video games and VFX studios in the world
  • Partnership with Epic Games
    We are the first Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center in the UK and an Unreal Engine Academic Partner. Our certified tutors also run short courses for studios to train their staff in Unreal Engine
  • We’re a Houdini certified school
    Learn from the experts and benefit from exclusive access to Houdini webinars and presentations
  • Industry briefs and feedback
    Work on industry-standard briefs, experience real-life scenarios and receive feedback on your work from external developers to learn about current development practice
  • 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 animation, games and visual effects studios including RareRockstarUbisoftDNEG and Framestore. 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
    Study in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, using high-spec equipment and professional software such as Unreal Engine and Houdini
  • Professional input
    Industry partners have helped design this degree to make sure it is relevant to employers and up to date
  • All-round technical skills
    Learn software, skills and techniques for both games and visual effects and learn 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
  • The Escape Pods
    Our students have worked on projects for Pearson and the British Library as part of our incubator.

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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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