It’s Britain, not Hollywood, which leads the world in Visual Effects. The course has been devised with input from industry professionals, to develop your understanding of primary visual effects and animation technology and their application in a film production process. There is also a specific focus on traditional art and design skills to inform and enhance your abilities as a VFX practitioner. Once completing our degree course, you will be able to apply your creativity and technical knowledge to enrich the storytelling aspects in a range of films and related projects. What you will learn From dramatic depictions of impossible worlds to subtle enhancements of everyday reality, its blending of art and technology calls for practitioners who are technically skilled and aesthetically aware. We believe it is essential that these skills are developed in an integrated filmmaking environment. This course will give you a detailed knowledge of the production context and an understanding of related disciplines that informs visual effects practice. Alongside technical knowledge of industry standard software and hardware, the course emphasises the importance of complementary art and design skills, which will inform and enhance your abilities as a practitioner. It recognises the international aspects of visual effects practice, and the possibility for artists to work as part of a global marketplace. The resulting portfolio of skills will inform your personal aspirations in preparation for entry into postgraduate study or professional practice. You will experience a team-based production process that replicates industry best practice; including concept development, on-set data acquisition, asset building, animation and compositing. The course will give you a detailed knowledge of the production context and an understanding of related disciplines that informs visual effects practice. Alongside technical knowledge of industry standard software and hardware, the course emphasises the importance of complementary art and design skills, which will inform and enhance your abilities as a practitioner. It recognises the international aspects of visual effects practice, and the possibility for artists to work as part of a global marketplace. The course believes in both the development of independent study skills and the experience of team-based production processes that replicate industry best practice, thereby encouraging awareness of collaborative roles and personal responsibilities required for a successful ethical practitioner. By supporting both group and independent modes of study, the course encourages an engagement with visual effects in the broadest possible sense. It promotes the opportunity for collaboration with other disciplines, and encourages the potential for multiple outcomes beyond an immediate application in the film industry. Approximately 68% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based. By the end of the course you will be able to...
- Confidently demonstrate strong observational skills through traditional practices in art and design that complement the visual effects process.
- Demonstrate skills relevant to your specialist profile, with detailed knowledge of the production context in which you work and an understanding of related disciplines that inform your practice.
- Demonstrate a depth of knowledge that allows you to address a range of professional visual effects problems.
- Demonstrate skills in research, analysis and communication to interpret briefs to an industry standard.
- Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of historical and cultural contexts that inform visual effects practice.
Coursework and practical work
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
AUB welcomes applications for direct entry to year 2 or 3 of our degree courses, providing your previous studies can be assessed to be equivalent to the work completed at AUB. We require that the institution be accredited or recognized by the relevant national authority. . To enter year 2/year 3 you will need to have passed 120/240 ECTS credits in your first and second years of study and that the units you have studied on the course are broadly equivalent to what the students in our first year/first two years will have learned. Please note that having completed the required number of credits is not by itself sufficient to guarantee placement on the subsequent year. AUB assesses applicants on the whole of the application and the course team will recommend the offer admission on the year that is suited to the applicant’s entire profile.
**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.** We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions ([email protected]) with any queries about entry requirements. We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification. Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications. AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).
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Additional entry requirements
Once your application has been reviewed admissions will request a link to a digital portfolio for review by the course team.
Due to Covid-19 and social distancing restrictions we will not hold interviews or auditions on campus at AUB this cycle. Instead admissions will request a digital portfolio and we will invite offer holders to attend an 'offer holder day ' in Spring. These may be virtual events, but we hope to be able to invite you to visit the campus when this is possible.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)|
|PTE Academic||54||A minimum of 51 in each component|
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||Overall score of 180|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||Overall score of 200|
AUB can also accept International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5. We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications. TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants. IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
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