Why Herts?
  • Ranked 8 in Best Game Design Schools in the World (top UK school) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
  • Ranked 7 in Best Visual Effects Schools in the World (top in UK) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
  • Ranked 7 in Best Animation Schools in the World (top in UK) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
  • Ranked 5 in Top 2D Animation Schools for Production Excellence (top in UK) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
  • Ranked 2 in Top Visual Effects Schools for Production Excellence (top in UK) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
  • Ranked 1 in Console & PC – Games Design & Development for Production Excellence (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)
  • Ranked 3 in Immersive Media – Games Design & Development for Production Excellence (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)

About the course

This degree is for anyone who wants to create the incredible digital visual effects we see on our screens, from weird and wonderful TV ads to Hollywood blockbusters. Using the latest technology, this course teaches you how to create and seamlessly integrate photo-real, computer-generated creatures, crowds, objects and stunt doubles. You’ll also learn how to produce digital particle effects (such as fluid and fire), object dynamics, lighting, crowd simulation and many other tricks and techniques. Often working in collaboration with film students and the best central London production houses, you’ll take part in some spectacular live projects and gain vital industry experience.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and Television with Optional Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Digital Animation

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
Find out more about Mr Daniel Goodbrey

Mark Wallman
Lecturer in Visual Effects for Film and Television

Mr Martin Bowman
Joint Programme Leader in Digital Animation

Professional Accreditations

ScreenSkills Tick

ScreenSkills accreditation is awarded in recognition of the highest level of contemporary industry teaching and facilities. This gives potential employers an indication that candidates from our degree course have been trained professionally and are ready to take up an industry role successfully.

Course details

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.

What job can I get?

Our graduates have the skills and impressive CVs to land coveted jobs in the growing and exciting area of computer-animated visual effects. You’ll find opportunities in television, film, games and specialist visual effects companies.

Teaching methods

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.

Teaching consists of 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.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Animated Thinking: histories, theories, contexts 30 Credits Compulsory
    CG Practices and Techniques 30 Credits Compulsory
    Digital Art 15 Credits Compulsory
    Creativity, Concept and Story 30 Credits Compulsory
    Moving Image 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Moving Visions: perspectives on digital animation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Creative Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Specialisms for VFX 30 Credits Compulsory
    Digital Cinematography for VFX 15 Credits Compulsory
    VFX Professional Practices 15 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Work Experience 30: Screen 30 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Employment Preparation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Degree Project 45 Credits Compulsory
    Pre-Production for Visual Effects 30 Credits Compulsory
    Critical and Cultural Studies: L6 Enquiry / Report / Essay (Digital Animation) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    112 BBC: L3 in Art and Design or a creative subject which includes drawing. DMM: Subjects including Art and Design, Games Art and Amination, Amination, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills (NextGen), UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media (Production)

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students