BSc (Hons)/MSci Technical Art for Games & VFX*

If you love video games, movies and animation, have a passion for problem solving, finding creative solutions and being part of a team, then Technical Art for Games and VFX is for you.

Technical Artists are the bridge between code and art, they are the people who innovate solutions, write scripts, use code and maths in software packages and game engines that enable artists to make great graphics or ensure that FX simulations not only look amazing but are efficient. Technical Artists are highly sought after in industry with great employment opportunities across games, animation and VFX.

Taught by industry professionals, you will learn to create tools, scripts and FX simulations, developing graphics and solving problems for teams in the games, visual effects and animation sectors. You will have the transferable skills to work and support teams in both technical and artistic capacities across different real-time and graphics production environments, such as virtual reality and virtual production.

Designed with our industry partners, this cutting-edge course will enable you to develop and refine your skills, with individual specialisms as well as collaborating and developing solutions with our Games Design, Character Creation, Game Art and VFX programmes. This course will provide rich and varied opportunities to develop experience in team work, as well as the soft and technical skills that developers look for in Technical Artists.

*Subject to validation

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  • UCAS code: I800 (BSc) - I801 (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

  • 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 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 games and VFX studios including Rare, Rockstar, Ubisoft, DNEG 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.

Next Steps

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Why Escape Studios?

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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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