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Course summary

Visual effects is a multimillion-pound adjunct to the film, games and animation industries. A visual effects technical director (TD) is a specialist with the critical and creative acumen to solve digital workflow and production pipeline challenges using procedural animation and scripting to create effects and make digital tools for artists. TD’s exist in multiple areas of production supporting lighting, pipeline, effects, dynamics, and animation with their technical problem-solving skills. Teaching you on state-of-the-art industry-standard hardware and software, with opportunities to work collaboratively with game artists, animators, live-action filmmakers and VFX artists, this course will advance your technical problem-solving skills preparing you for your career as a visual effects TD with 100% course work. Modules include: Introduction to Programming Scripting for Digital Art and Effects Progressing Visual Effects Technical Direction Visual Effects Studio Screen Arts Portfolio Visual Effects Entrepreneurship Visual Effects Production Graduates will be prepared for a broad range of careers in visual effects. This could include roles such as 3D modeller, effects TD, procedural effects animator, character TD (rigger), creature TD, pipeline TD and software developer. Facilities We’re committed to helping you explore, expand and refine your craft, as you discover new creative horizons with some truly great tools, equipment and workspaces. Visit our facilities hub at to find out more. We are also proud to be launching the new Design & Digital Arts building to prepare our graduates for success in professional, technical and commercial careers in the growing cultural and creative industries. This landmark building will place Nottingham as a UK hub for film, television, animation, UX design, games design, graphic design and more. Facilities include: Collaborative studio spaces for each discipline Digital Innovation Lab and VR/Mixed Reality Studio Exhibition spaces TV and Film Studio Black Box studio Film Production editing suites Screen printing room Sound studios Stop Motion Studio Café

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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Tuition fees for 2024 entry are yet to be confirmed. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances, the fees for Home undergraduate students for 2023 are £9250. The current expectation is that the University may increase this for future and subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
Visual Effects Technical Direction at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS