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Visual Effects & Model Making

The Northern School of Art

UCAS Code: W614 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Pass Access to HE Diploma

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

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Pass Foundation Diploma

UCAS Tariff

96-112

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Technical theatre studies

BA (Hons) Visual Effects & Model Making is the magical part of our screen and stage facility. The practical skills you will learn on this course are relevant to a wide range of careers, including film and television prop making, puppet and character development for stop frame animation, animatronics and automata for exhibition, concept models for the games industry, model making and design for theatre, architectural model making, prototyping for industrial designers, interactive exhibition models and photographic props for advertising. Furthermore, digital model making utilising CGI software such as 3ds Max, is often used in animation, Illustration and graphic design.

You will learn not only traditional technical skills, such as sculpting, mould making and model making but also digital skills, including digital scanning and 3D printing with industry-standard software and equipment.

Working alongside complementary programmes, you pick-up where others have left off, enhancing productions through your creativity, for example making a miniature-model establishing shot, digital set extension or augmenting a practical prop with some visual flourishes.

By the end of the three-year course, you will have produced a showreel and portfolio of models composited into VFX sequences and settings.

**INDUSTRY LINKS**
Our model-making team have worked with a range of clients and are professional freelancers, maintaining strong industry links, including:
Aardman Animation
Industrial Light & Magic
Alpha Star Productions
Eighties Doubt Productions
Sea and Sky Pictures
Tees Valley Screen Social
Northern Film & Media, (BFI ScreenSkills)
Candle and Bell

Modules

In your first year (Level Four,) you will explore:
- Research Studies
- Drawing for Creative Development
- Workshop Practice
- Visual Development
- Traditional Creative Development
- Digital Creative Development

In your second year (Level Five), you will develop:
- Digital Development
- Action Props
- Transformative Techniques
- Professional Practice
- Professional Consolidation

In your third year (Level Six), you will produce:
- Project Research and Preparation
- Dissertation/Report
- Final Major Project
- Final Show and Portfolio

Assessment methods

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

The Northern School of Art

Department:

Higher Education

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
high
Technical theatre studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Drama

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

After graduation


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Performing arts

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