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Solent University (Southampton)

Film Visual Effects with Placement

UCAS Code: WW64

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2 A Levels required.

Accepted when studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Pass in Access course with 60 credits overall including 45 Level 3 credits passed with a minimum of Merit.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

D*D

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

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

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

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

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

From a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Extended Diploma or OCR Extended Diploma. For detailed information on accepted qualifications, please view our Course Entry Statement (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/documents/course-entry-requirement-statement.pdf) Solent University is a proud champion of widening participation. For further information about our contextual offer, please visit our website (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/what-next/contextual-offers).

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Computer animation and visual effects

The UK’s Visual Effects (VFX) industry generated over £1bn in 2018 and is renowned across the world with UK companies taking the lead in each of the VFX Oscar winners for the last six years (2014-2019). It is a growing industry that is hungry for suitable graduates. Our degree gets you up to speed on the latest technological advances using industry standard software and equipment.

You may have explored VFX before using software such as After Effects, or you may just be starting out. There is a lot to learn and becoming good requires an artistic eye for detail and technological know-how, we will support you to build on your experience level and get the best out of you.

Once you get into VFX you will realise there is a hugely diverse set of opportunities ranging from motion capture to matte painting, from compositing to creature effects (CFX), and our degree will give you the opportunity to forge your own career path from a good foundation based on industry practice.

We also work closely with you to help you network with industry and make that important first move into a VFX company. Through good social media practice, guest speakers and our weekly forums, annual events such as CGFX and our Grad Show, and trips, you can get your work viewed and critiqued by industry and get yourself known.

Employers love team players. Based in the film department, this degree gives you great opportunities to collaborate with other students from film, CGI, performance, animation, audio, music and many more to produce fully complete pieces that could be entered for film festivals or other competitions.

There is a visiting fellowship programme which includes three Oscar-winning editors, one of whom is visual effects editor, Paul Franklin (Inception).

**What does this course lead to?**
There are plenty of opportunities in the UK to work in VFX. A typical career path would be to start as a junior with a particular specialism (e.g. Junior Matchmover) or as an intern with one of the big VFX companies. Progression can be quick for graduates with passion and motivation and there is also a strong freelancing community if you want to be your own boss.

With the flexibility this course offers, you can build your skills in a particular specialism whether that is artistic (such as matte painting) or technical (such as character rigging) and produce a good portfolio of work to show your best skills.

**Who is this course for?**
It doesn’t matter if you are technically minded and love the idea of using the most powerful computers to produce the coolest visual content, or if you are creative and want to produce beautiful effects to really make a film pop - if you are enthusiastic and passionate, this course will help you build your career starting where you are right now.

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
Visual Research
Introduction to 3D
Drawing
Introduction to VFX
Animation
Digital Pipelines

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Matchmoving
VFX Project
Compositing
VFX and Simulation

YEAR 2 - OPTIONS
Cinematography for VFX
Digital Character
Curriculum +
Advanced Drawing

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Production Planning
VFX Pre-Production
VFX Major Project

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each year)
Producing and Managing Web Content for Clients at Solent Productions

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
£9,250
per year
International
£13,260
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

TEF rating:
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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.

64%
low
Computer animation and visual effects

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer games and animation

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

29%
Library resources
44%
IT resources
65%
Course specific equipment and facilities
29%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer games and animation

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
88%
med
Employed or in further education
71%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years. But at the moment this looks to be a good degree if you want to work on the technical side of film and TV and this is the most common industry for new graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Computer science

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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£25k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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