Compositing For Visual Effects

12 Week Full-time Course

About the course

Do you want to gain real-world visual effects (VFX) production skills, including industry-recognised Nuke training, and become the kind of highly skilled, creative professional it takes to be a compositor? If so, this course is perfect for you, whether you’re an aspiring VFX artist, a filmmaker wanting to enhance your work or a student or graduate preparing for the job market.

The course will help you kick-start your career in the VFX industry and teach you the skills needed to apply for an entry-level compositing job, such as a rotoscoping and paint artist.

You’ll get hands-on training from industry professionals who’ve come from leading VFX studios and learn the software and multitude of techniques involved in compositing in just 12 weeks.

You’ll graduate with an Escape Studios Certificate of Achievement, a well-respected qualification within the industry, demonstrating you’ve studied an industry-based course and have the practical,
hands-on skills studios are looking for.

The course will also help you to create a showreel to use as a portfolio of work to show employers.

In the first six weeks, you’ll study rotoscoping, rig removal, paint prep techniques, colour balance, mastering 2D and planar tracking, as well as how to create detailed keys of a shot.

In the last six weeks, you’ll work with Nuke’s 3D projection system, camera tracking and how to integrate CG render passes into live action backgrounds. To finish the course, you’ll be set a practical assignment designed to showcase your new studio-ready skills.

Compositors are the masters of make-believe, responsible for creating the illusion of reality. They compose the final image in a VFX or motion picture sequence, creating VFX that make the impossible, possible! Without them, we’d all be looking at the wires that support actors during action sequences, or shots lacking in atmosphere or composition.

As a compositor, you’re the person who makes sure the shot meets the artistic brief set by the director. You’ll look at the finer detail and check everything looks right in the scene, and if not, why not?

Why Escape Studios?

Escape Studios is Europe’s leading VFX academy and we’ve been part of Pearson College London since 2013. Though we sprang into life in 2002, to solve the industry’s lack of educated, studio-ready VFX talent. Since then, over 4,000 people have graduated from Escape, going on to forge successful careers spanning the whole VFX spectrum.

You’ll find Escapee Alumni behind many Oscar and Bafta nominated films, 100s of award-winning films and television shows and 1,000s of award-winning commercials. Our secret? Our intensive and fiercely vocational approach and a professional studio experience that trains VFX professionals to the latest industry standards.

Course Summary

  • UCAS CODE N/A
  • INSTITUTION CODE N/A
  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS N/A
  • LOCATION Escape Studios
  • PROGRAMME LENGTH 12 Weeks
  • STUDY MODE Full Time
  • FEES £10, 475
  • START DATES May 22nd, August 14th 2015

Richard Sowerby

Stereoscopic Compositor, Cinesite

Nothing beats the thrill of creating visual effects and the fact that no matter how small your contribution is, you’ve played a part in the history of cinema.