The Art of Visual Effects at Escape Studios - UCAS

Escape Studios

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Kent

The Art of Visual Effects

Course summary

Do you dream of working on the next blockbuster or TV series? Technology innovation and the increase in digital entertainment consumption have made the visual effects (VFX) industry one of the fastest growing industries, with the UK’s sector generating an impressive £1.6bn in 2021 (source BFI). There’s never been a more exciting time to join the creative industries, whether you want to apply VFX to big blockbusters, commercials, TV series or other industries such as architecture, medicine or automobiles. This programme has been developed with professional VFX Artists to make sure it stays relevant and up to date. It is perfect to gain knowledge of 3D VFX and 2D compositing, providing you with the technical and creative skills that the industry is looking for. You’ll also develop your soft skills and start building your experience and industry network and will graduate with a shiny showreel to open the path to a successful career. Intensive hands-on tutorials will be taught in our London industry-standard facilities, by experienced tutors who’ve worked on the likes of Thor: Love and Thunder, Gladiator, Kingsman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.


FIRST YEAR (LEVEL 4) All undergraduate students study common modules in their first year. This will give you the all-round skills needed to become a professional, and a chance to choose a different specialism between VFX, animation and game art if you change your mind before your second year. • Creative foundations - Craft (30 credits) • Creative foundations - Project (30 credits) • Video game art - Core (15 credits) • Computer animation - Core (15 credits) • Compositing for VFX - Core (15 credits) • 3D for VFX - Core (15 credits) SECOND YEAR (LEVEL 5) From your second year, you’ll start to specialise in VFX and work in teams on industry-style projects. You will be introduced to both 2D compositing for VFX and 3D for VFX. You will have the opportunity to try each specialism in your first term, so you can decide which you enjoy most, and which best lends itself to your skillset. Our tutors and industry professionals will help guide your decision. In professional visual effects studios, collaboration between 2D Compositors and 3D Artists is essential. This is exactly how we run our projects, so you will work closely with those who’ve chosen a different pathway – a real taste of life in industry. • 3D for VFX - Pro (30 credits) • Compositing for VFX - Pro (30 credits) • Specialism (15 credits) • Industry studio project (45 credits) THIRD YEAR (LEVEL 6) 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). For a summary of each module please see the course page of our website: Detailed module specifications can be downloaded from:

Assessment method

Formative assessment: The 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: 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 2D or 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. In order to progress to the next stage (from first to second year, and from second to third year), you will have to achieve 120 credits at the end of the academic year. For further information, please see the Student Handbook:

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We’re currently unable to accept international students who would require a student visa onto our undergraduate courses. This may change in the future.

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Student Outcomes

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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

Additional fee information

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The Art of Visual Effects at Escape Studios - UCAS