Animation and Visual Effects (VFX) at Norwich University of the Arts - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW The BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects course at Norwich University of the Arts (Norwich) is designed to inspire and capture the imagination of its students, balancing fundamental principles with cutting edge techniques. We embrace creativity in all aspects of the course and aim for outcomes with artistry and storytelling at their core, which explore innovative methods of moving image creation and inspire new audiences. KEY FEATURES

  • Share the first-year curriculum with BA (Hons) Animation, allowing you to study the fundamental skills of thinking and working in animation and visual effects and provide students with a solid grounding in the basics needed for both disciplines
  • Develop an understanding of visual/film language components such as narrative structure, design, colour and composition
  • Work in relation to sustainability, diversity, and global contexts; question how the work you create, and the methods you use, can be used to make a difference to others
  • Work towards project outcomes through a process of conceptualisation, experimentation and iteration, with each stage refining communication, meaning and resolve
  • Learn the importance of collaborative working, presenting/pitching, time/project management, communication skills, responding to creative briefs, academic writing, and giving and receiving feedback
  • Attend guest lectures and masterclasses, portfolio reviews, and participate in internal/external conferences, exhibitions and careers events, as appropriate
  • Develop the observation, reflection, criticality, emotional intelligence, organisation and autonomy required of a contemporary artist together with an aptitude for problem solving
  • Participate in a studio culture which facilitates peer-learning and helps build working relationships in support of collaborative practice
  • From Year 2, specialise in either CGI (computer-generated imagery) or visual effects
YOUR FUTURE By the end of your degree, you will have developed a professional portfolio of work and a plan to market to promote yourself and show your ‘creative edge’ to your employers. BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects prepares you to join Norwich graduates who have already gone on to work at ILM, DNeg, Framestore, The Mill, Epic Games, and more. The course is an active member of Access:VFX, providing additional access to top visual effects houses, animation and games studios, and a graduate mentorship programme. It also prepares you with a transferable skillset that supports your career beyond the existing creative industries – where team working, collaboration, problem solving, an ability to research, and project manage are always highly desirable. OUR STUDENTS’ WORK Explore our online showreel – celebrating the very best Norwich University of the Arts graduate work. Scroll each reel to explore at


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Assessment method

The University assesses you through the coursework you produce as you complete each unit. Each unit will require you to present a portfolio of work which may include finished pieces of work, written work, your research, and a reflective journal which allows you to evaluate your learning and highlight your strengths and areas for further development. You can find out more information about our assessment methods at

How to apply

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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)

For Year 2 entry you will need 120 credits at Level 4 from a similar course, or equivalent experience. For Year 3 entry you will need 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5 from a similar course, or equivalent experience.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Norwich welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying. If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer. If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications.

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Additional entry requirements


Once you have applied to BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects at Norwich, we will ask you to prepare a portfolio. This will be used to assess your suitability for the course. Your portfolio should clearly demonstrate your passion for the subject and your individual creativity. For more information please visit our website at

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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
EU £18000* Year 1
International £18000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

These provisional fees are based off the 2024/25 fees and are subject to change.
Animation and Visual Effects (VFX) at Norwich University of the Arts - UCAS