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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.
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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 2018

UK/EU Students

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

International Students

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

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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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...

  • 72-168 UCAS points.
  • A level applicants must have a level three qualification in an Art & Design or creative subject which includes drawing. Photography is acceptable for Visual Effects especially if supported by an A level in Media Studies. BTEC must be in Art & Design subject if not taken with Art based A levels When in doubt refer to admissions tutor. 
  • 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).
  • Admission subject to portfolio interview. Check out portfolio advice here.  
  • IB - 72-168 UCAS 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.
  • Find out more about international application requirements

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

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

2020

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