BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and Television

Available to non EU students

About the course

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On the Visual Effects for Film and Television (VFX) degree you are only limited by your imagination. This degree is for anyone interested in creating the amazing visual effects that we see every day from the latest Hollywood blockbuster to the wild creativity of high impact TV adverts. Using the latest technology, this course covers the seamless integration of photo real computer-generated creatures, crowds, objects and stunt doubles. You also cover particle effects such as fluid and fire, object dynamics, match lighting, crowd simulation and many more current techniques. You will be working in close collaboration with film students and the best central London production houses on professional level projects.

The Visual Effects for Film and Television (VFX) degree has a common year 1 with the other Animation degrees for core subjects and then specialises at year  2 and year 3 so those not sure about which pathway to follow can make an informed decision.

Visual Effects for Film and Television Gallery



Why choose this course?

  • Students from the Visual Effects for Film and Television degree have worked on live projects including the BBC's 2010 Olympics presentation and music videos for Richard Ashcroft.
  • Teaching for the VFX degree is based on the extensive industry knowledge of our lecturing team. We have worked with high profile organisations and companies such as the BBC, The Mill, Red Vision and many others.
  • Many students are currently on work experience programmes with visual effects companies in London.

You could also study 2D Animation and Character for Digital Media3D Computer Animation and Modelling or 3D Games Art and Design.

Key staff

Mr Daniel Goodbrey
Joint Programme Leader in Digital Animation
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Mark Wallman
Lecturer in Visual Effects for Film and Television

Mr Martin Bowman
Joint Programme Leader in Digital Animation

Careers

Graduates will be capable of working in the growing and exciting area of computer animated visual effects. Seamless integration of effects into live action in feature film, TV and increasingly games includes the creation of photo real computer-generated assets, particle effects such as fluids, fire, physical recreation of object dynamics, crowds, creature animation and compositing, matt painting and camera matching.

Graduates may also progress to advanced academic studies and research.

Teaching methods

Teaching is hands-on workshops, lectures and seminars.

Work Placement

Work placement can take place during Semester B at Level 2 or during the summer. Students may undertake a year-long placement between the second and final year. Work placements are an opportunity to improve employment prospects and develop new skills. 

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Animated Thinking: histories, theories, contexts - 30 Credits
  • CG Practices and Techniques - 30 Credits
  • Digital Art - 15 Credits
  • Creativity, Concept and Story - 30 Credits
  • Moving Image - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Moving Visions: perspectives on digital animation - 30 Credits
  • Creative Project - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Specialisms for VFX - 30 Credits
  • Digital Cinematography for VFX - 15 Credits
  • VFX Professional Practices - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Professional Work Experience 30: Screen - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Employment Preparation - 15 Credits
  • Degree Project - 45 Credits
  • Pre-Production for Visual Effects - 30 Credits
  • Critical and Cultural Studies: L6 Enquiry / Report / Essay (Digital Animation) - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2017/2018 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11850 for the 2017/2018 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

  • 120 UCAS points
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (English Language grade C and Mathematics Grade C or above if taken prior to 2015)
  • A level applicants must have at least on A level in an Art & Design or creative subject. If they only have one A level it cannot be in Product Design, Graphics or Photography.
  • BTEC must be in Art & Design subject if not taken with Art based A levels.
  • Photography is acceptable for Visual Effects especially if supported by an A level in Media Studies.
  • Subject to portfolio interview.
  • IB - 120 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include Visual Arts at HL (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
  • For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)