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Course summary

BSc (Hons) Visual Effects and Virtual Production course is an exciting, practical course providing a general knowledge of both the Visual Effects and Virtual Production industry and their associated media industries from a UK and global perspective. The course aids in the development of understanding of the development of Visual Effects and Virtual Production and the strong relationship that has evolved between the entities, accompanied by the social contexts and the creative relationships that exist between them. With a focus on the application of a range of technical production skills, you will gain an insight and the ability to explore critical and conceptual models of how products and assets are created and how they are used and understood by audiences through a balance of flexible intellectual, practical, and personal skills.


The Visual Effects and Virtual Production course covers a broad array of skills and media disciplines pertinent to Vsual Effects and Virtual Production industry, centering on an exploration of the rich and varied forms of production and their inter-relation with the wider film and games industry. All modules at Levels 4 and 5 are core, ensuring a progressive curriculum grounded in core skills, knowledge and understanding providing a wider critical appreciation, such as reflective analysis, audience reception theories and modes of representation. You will begin to learn through practice-based workshops in the Visual Effects, Virtual Production and film studios, individual tutorials, through small group activities and workshops. These interactive sessions begin at Level 4 with an introduction to the main ways that the Visual Effects and Virtual Production software communicates with audiences and how these relate to the making of programmes and films and allow learners to gain a wealth of production skills such as editing, pitching, presentation and directing. At Levels 5 & 6, students choose the direction of their study with more emphasis placed upon negotiated practical work and employability opportunities. This flexibility allows a specialism through production and critical work. Independent learning and the ability to self-manage project work is developed at all levels of study. In the final year (Level 6) students engage in a major project on a subject of their choice, in addition to reflective opportunities in the media employability module. Students will also work with peers on BA (Hons) Film Production and BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen, ensuring multi-disciplinary approaches. Media employability focus runs through all of the modules preparing students for their next step.

Assessment method

All of the assessments are authentically driven portfolio based containing continual assessment with regular feedback to each student discussing their progress, identifying strengths and areas for improvement within each module in order to follow professional industry practice. The delivery teams work closely with the student advisors, learning support staff, study skills staff and library staff to identify any learning issues that may require extra support and advice to the students. Assessment has a substantial project element, especially at Level 6, which allows students to hyper-personalise their work and reflect their own experience and identity in their outputs.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

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Visual Effects and Virtual Production at Staffordshire University - UCAS