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This new MA VFX programme is designed for graduates who wish to extend their knowledge and build their visual effects career at postgraduate level.

The aim is to advance individual design practice and CGI, with a view to working in the VFX industry. Students will utilise a range of professional-quality library footage, either externally sourced or produced by students.

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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£7,500 (Home/EU)
£15,000 (Overseas)

Five reasons to study this course

  1. The course has an enviable history to draw upon from the renowned BSc Visual Effects degree.
  2. Block teaching is used to deliver the content – you are only studying one module at any one time.
  3. The opportunity to forge your own particular methodology and skillset – we don’t subscribe to a house style.
  4. The course and modules have been specifically designed alongside industry to provide graduates with the technical skills and creative abilities relevant to working in VFX.
  5. The course gives students a working knowledge of production roles in the VFX pipeline, taking a multi-skilled approach while providing opportunities to specialise.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The programme concerns itself with industry-facing, higher-order thinking and designing, turning research and design concepts into professional material suitable for the creative industries.

Typically, postgraduates from this programme will be suited to entry-level roles as Runner, Digital Preparation Artist, Lighting TD, Matte Painter, Rotoscoping Artist and Match Move Artist.

The MA VFX programme is marked out by its focus on problem-solving, creative thinking, practical application and industry-facing outcomes that will, when combined, prepare the student to successfully perform specific and demanding roles within the creative industries.

Module Topics
  • Advanced Compositing                      
  • Camera Tracking & Rendering          
  • Compositing               
  • Major Project
  • Minor Project
  • Research Methods
  • Texturing & Lighting 

Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written and practical. There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module, summative assessment takes place at the end of a module. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the course that include, among others:

Tutorials are held on a regular basis, across all levels, within class or via separate sessions. Work is often discussed to help with the practical and conceptual development, future directions of the student and so on. Other tutorials provide an opportunity for any issues/concerns to be discussed and so students can see staff as regularly as they require.

Group critiques and feedback
These provide an excellent opportunity for students to share and exchange ideas with their peers in a structured manner, in addition to valuable input from staff.

Informal & Formal presentations
Animation is really all about communicating ideas and story plans and shots. Students gain confidence in talking to their peers and staff about their work and these interactions usually form an integral part of the assessment at the end of each project. Students are given enough practice in pitching and presenting ahead of the more formal presentation(s) that are part of their final year assessment(s) and Degree Show.

Exhibiting work
Much of the final year work from animation is exhibited via screenings. Other work uses rooms/venues to showcase the process and to highlight the student’s own production methods (eg storyboards, concept art, animation layout work, mood boards, and so on).

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

We normally require an undergraduate 2.1. However, we also consider candidates with relevant experience and aim to interview all applicants. Where possible, we invite prospective students to experience a day of teaching to see if it suits their expectations.

Additional Costs

Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources which, in most cases, is sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities.

However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs in the extension of their personal practice. Examples include purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining optional study trips, and paying for printing. 

Depending on distance and duration, optional study visits can vary in cost from approximately £10 to visit local galleries and exhibitions, to £200 plus for overseas or longer UK study visits. These costs cover things such things as transport, entry to venues and accommodation, and are normally at reduced rates for our students.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

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