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Visual Effects

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D-B,C,C

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP-DMM

UCAS Tariff

88-112

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 88 - 112. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Visual and audio effects

Visual effects bring stories to life on the big screen. Using the latest techniques in 3D computer graphics you’ll create stunning objects and characters – and put these into real life footage to make believable scenes that will wow audiences.

We’ve linked up with industry specialists based at Pinewood Studios, to create this unique course. It’s been designed by experts with industry needs in mind, so you’ll have the practical skills employers look for.

**Why study this subject?**
With a degree in visual effects, you could be working in the film industry or as a major part of TV and commercials, or using your skills you could choose to work in games or architectural visualisation.

Whatever your dream career, with industry-focused teaching at BNU, you’ll graduate with the skills employers are looking for and a portfolio to impress.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
The film industry is a fast-moving world. You need to immerse yourself in it to stay in the game. That’s why we’ve made sure you’ll spend time studying at our Pinewood Studio base, so you can use their connections to get up-to-date, inside knowledge of what the industry really looks like. Whilst also spending days around professional digital artists and some of the most exciting projects happening right now.

Being a student at Buckinghamshire New University, you can expect smaller classroom sizes, committed lecturers, a great support network and, on top of all that, one of the country’s best Students' Unions (NSS 2020).

**What facilities can I use?**
To really learn the craft, you need access to professional software and equipment. We provide industry standard software tools like Nuke, Z-Brush, Maya and Houdini. And with a motion capture studio, a VR lab, a renderfarm and state of the art face capture kit and Xsens suits available, you’ll be able to fully realise your creative vision.

**What will I study?**
The course begins with essential CGI skills and the fundamentals of animation. You’ll use 3D modelling to create objects and characters and learn about the pipeline of a professional project. Moving on to year two, you’ll learn how to integrate your objects and characters into existing footage to create stunning scenes, which could even include destruction simulation. You’ll also learn how to build an organic character using industry standard sculpting and character FX techniques.

By your final year, you’ll have found the specialism you want to focus on in the industry. Your projects will give you the opportunity to hone your skills, work in realistic industry scenarios and you will have opportunities to collaborate with students on other creative courses at the University. You can take your place in the production pipeline and see what it’s like to contribute to a major project.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
Our lecturers, tutors and mentors offer an industry-experienced approach to the course and modules you will complete. Many of our staff have worked on major productions and have great track records at training talented new digital artists.

We understand that in this line of work you need to build on your creative skills with hands-on learning. That's why instead of formal exams, the focus of your work will be building up a strong portfolio, developing your team working skills and understanding what the industry expects of you.

You'll be assessed through individual and group projects which put what you’ve learnt into practice. We work with the Visual Effects industry to ensure what you learn during your time on this course is all relevant and up-to-date with what employers are looking for.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Creative And Digital Industries

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Cinematics and photography

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
19%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


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Cinematics and photography

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
38%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
26%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£26k

£26k

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