Pearson College London (including Escape Studios)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Kent

The Art of Visual Effects

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Course summary

Do you dream of working in the Visual Effects (VFX) industry on the latest commercial or next blockbuster? Our course is perfect for those looking to gain knowledge of 3D VFX and Compositing, the degree will provide you with the professional skills that the industry is looking for or even to start your own studio. Learn to be a creative artist from day one - working in industry-style studios using the latest tools and techniques and working as part of a team on high quality creative projects. You’ll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors, who alongside practising professionals will provide regular feedback on your work. You'll graduate studio ready with a professional portfolio of work to show employers and a degree validated by the University of Kent.

Course details

Modules

Level 4 / Year 1: All our undergraduate students study common modules in their first year. This will give you the all-round skills you’ll need on your journey to becoming a professional. • 3D for VFX – Core (15 credits) • Computer Animation – Core (15 credits) • Compositing for VFX – Core (15 credits) • Video Game Art – Core (15 credits) • Creative Foundations – Project (30 credits) • Creative Foundations – Craft (30 credits) Level 5 / Year 2: From your second year you’ll start to specialise in VFX and work in teams on industry-style projects. • 3D for VFX - Pro (30 credits) • Compositing for VFX - Advanced (30 credits) You’ll study specialist VFX modules and have high contact time with your tutors. • Specialism (15 credits) • Industry Studio Project (45 credits) Level 6 / Year 3: By your third year, you’ll be working in a team just like a fully functioning independent studio, alongside developing an in-depth knowledge of your chosen specialisation. • Advanced Specialism (30 credits) • Professional Practice (30 credits) • Professional Studio Project (60 credits)

Assessment method

Your work is assessed through practical assignments and retrospectives by a mix of tutor, peer, self-review and industry. In fact, often 25% of your project module grades will come from industry professionals. Formative assessment Majority of modules contain at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback. Formative assessments are developmental and do not count towards your overall module mark. Summative assessment breakdown Level 4 and 5 For Level 4 and 5 modules, your assessment will be split into two parts: 75% Product - You will be required to create a product (short computer animation, rendered image of a 3D object composited shot, etc.) to a specified brief, then present it in front of a panel and demonstrate how you have met the learning outcomes in your work. 25% Retrospective - You will be required to write a reflective analysis and present this for moderation and assessment. Level 6 One module will be assessed just like level 4 and 5 modules; for two other modules (Advanced Specialism, Professional Practice), 100% of the mark will be based on a self-evaluative portfolio.


How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.

EU

Wales

England

International

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

Course code:
I702
Institution code:
P34
Campus name:
Pearson College London
Campus code:
P

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Portfolio

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

We’ve designed this programme to develop pioneering minds for the creative industries, thriving on visual adrenaline. While you’re with us you’ll learn the skills you need to flourish in the industry. You’ll develop a deep understanding of your technical craft, work in teams on professional projects, and learn how to produce beautiful visual and interactive experiences. We want to make sure that the course is right for you, and that you are right for the course, so we invite applicants to a Creative Workshop. Part 1: Portfolio Review Sitting in small groups with 4 other applicants and 1 assessor, you will have 5-10 minutes to present your portfolio. This is pretty informal - we want you to show your work, discuss your creative process, and answer any questions that the group asks. This is your chance to really show off your creative skillset! The other 4 applicants in the group will then present their work, and you will be able to ask them questions. You’ll then change groups and go through the process again. Part 2: Creative Task You will work in small teams on a creative brief; coming up with ideas, bringing them to life, and presenting them at the end of the day for feedback. This task has been devised by one of our industry partners, and is the kind of challenge you would get in a real VFX/Animation/Games studio.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

£9,000 per year for a 2021 entry* (please refer to the website for the most up-to-date information) *Please note tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme may change
The Art of Visual Effects at Pearson College London (including Escape Studios) - UCAS