Virtual Production at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview Understand the emerging technology that’s changing the ways animation, film, games and TV are created, and create digital content throughout your study. With this Virtual Production degree, you will develop your technical and creative skills via real-time skills, 3D modelling and coding using our cutting-edge labs and studios. This will include creating high-quality content for LED screens behind the actors, virtual mapping using VR and game technology and capturing performance for characters and fantasy creatures using motion capture. Throughout your study, you’ll be using the School of Creative Technology’s specialist equipment to create virtual experiences. You’ll also be supported by staff with academic, technical and professional expertise in the field, giving you a friendly environment to express your creativity freely as you develop your abilities. You’ll graduate with the skills to enter one of the UK’s most rapidly growing industries, or to follow your specialism into postgraduate study. Whatever path you choose, you’ll have the expertise to work with current virtual production practice and the understanding to take on all future opportunities. Course highlights

  • Study with experts in a burgeoning field, using industry-standard software and studio equipment
  • Explore potential career paths, such as real-time filmmaking, games and real-time animation
  • Investigate the potential in virtual production technology, and understand possible routes to developments in the field
  • Work with supportive staff and students from related courses in the School, such as Computer Animation or Interactive Technologies
  • Take up a work placement between your second and third years of study, or a shorter placement while you learn
This is a new course and we’re currently finalising the detailed information for this page. You can still see entry requirements and apply.


Year 1

  • Coding and Scripting for Games (20 credits)
  • Film Craft (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Real-Time 3D (20 credits)
  • Modelling for Animation & Vfx (20 credits)
  • Virtual Production Research (20 credits)
  • Virtual Production Studio (20 credits)
Year 2 Core modules
  • Creative Research and Project Initiation (20 credits)
  • Virtual Cinematography (20 credits)
  • Virtual Reality Development (20 credits)
Optional modules
  • Commercial Asset Production for Real Time (40 credits)
  • Creative Technologies Study Exchange (60 credits)
  • Creative Technologies Study Exchange (60 credits)
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice (20 credits)
  • Professional Experience (20 credits)
  • Real-Time Animation and Vfx Project (20 credits)
  • Student Enterprise (20 credits)
Year 3 Core modules
  • Create Worlds (20 credits)
  • Final Year Project (40 credits)
  • Motion Capture Applications (20 credits)
  • Virtual Production Group Project - Part One (20 credits)
  • Virtual Production Group Project - Part Two (20 credits)
Placement year After your second or third year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

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)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you'd like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE AcademicAn overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE) (taken after January 2015) An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE) (taken after January 2015) An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Virtual Production at University of Portsmouth - UCAS