BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and Television
About the course
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.
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.
Mr Daniel Goodbrey
Joint Programme Leader in Digital Animation
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Lecturer in Visual Effects for Film and Television
Mr Martin Bowman
Joint Programme Leader in Digital Animation
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 is hands-on workshops, lectures and seminars.
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.
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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- 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
- 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
- Professional Work Experience 30: Screen - 30 Credits
- 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
- Year Abroad - 0 Credits
- Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) - 0 Credits
Fees & funding
- £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
*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.
Other financial support
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.
- 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 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.
- 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.