BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and Television

  • 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 2 in Top Visual Effects Schools for Production Excellence (top in UK) (Rookies World School Rankings® 2019)

About the course

Please note that this course has closed applications for 2020 intake.

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.

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.

What will I study?

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.

Professional Accreditations

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.

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.

Periodic review

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held in April 2020.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course