MA Visual Effects

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    MA Part Time: 2 years, Full Time: within 1 year (September start), 16 months (January start) or 2 years with advanced practice (September or January start).

Course Description

If you would like a career in visual effects for film and TV, then this course is for you. Create photorealistic 2D and 3D visual effects, assets and simulations seamlessly composited into shots for film, TV and 3D animation.

As well as giving you professional skills in key areas of the visual effects post-production pipeline such as previsualisation, modelling, rigging, scripting, tracking, technical animation, effects animation, lighting, look development and compositing, this course enables you to explore your own specialism in greater depth. Gain experience of the wider pre-production and production pipelines and emulate industry practice by working collaboratively in teams with students from other animation courses on industry-led briefs and short films. As well as dedicated studios featuring industry-standard VFX software, you have access to dedicated specialist camera and grip equipment, motion-capture studios, and a fully equipped sound stage including green screen facilities and motion-control cameras.

Ranked 3rd in the UK in the Animation Career Review College Rankings 2020. (192 colleges considered.)Ranked 14th in the world in the Animation Career Review International Animation School Rankings 2020

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a lower second class (2:2) in any subject as long as you provide an acceptable portfolio of work. Where students have studied an unrelated discipline, the admission process will include an interview. For international students (Tier 4) – IELTS 6. International and EU students must also pass a University English test.

A portfolio of relevant artwork and multimedia work is required, which follows standard sector and creative industry processes.


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Student Destinations

You have many opportunities to develop your professional skills, links with industry and meet with recruiters through our Expo Series, Animex Festival and Student Futures activities.

Graduates from our Visual Effects degrees have gone on to enjoy successful careers in studios around the world working on visual effects for film, television, animation and games.

Graduates have gone on to work in a range of areas including previs, modelling, rigging, production, effects animation, matte painting, tracking and matchmove, lighting, look development and compositing. They are working for companies including Industrial Light and Magic, Weta Digital, Double Negative, Moving Picture Company, Cinesite, The Third Floor, The Mill, Pixar, Digital Domain, Framestore and many more.

Module Details

Core modules
Advanced Compositing

Advanced Effects Animation

Asset Creation

Master’s Project: Visual Effects

Research and Development

Virtual Reality

Visual Effects Pipeline

Advanced practice (2 year full-time MA only)

Modules offered may vary.

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