Visual Effects at Futureworks - UCAS


Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Central Lancashire

Visual Effects

Course summary

Visual Effects is for those interested in creating the stunning visual effects seen each day from the latest Hollywood and televisual epics to the creative innovation of high impact TV adverts. The United Kingdom is renowned for its skilled film makers and now boasts some of the most prominent Visual Effects houses in the world. Using the finest innovations in technology, this course covers the seamless integration of photo-real computer-generated creatures, environments, assets and people. The main activities within the programme will take place within a classroom/studio/online setting. This will allow you and the staff to develop a mature and informative relationship concerning your study. Not only is this a supportive and welcoming environment but mimics the professional arena in which you will be expected to organise your working patterns based upon set goals. Your studies will cover the key areas of visual effects; from Rotoscoping and Keying to Tracking, Match moving and colour correction. Further in-depth studies such as virtual production, digital set creation and destruction, matte painting, digital character creation, fluid, cloth and particle dynamics will refine your skills, will support you in becoming an accomplished visual effects artist.


HE Level 4 (Year 1): Introduction to Compositing (40 credits) Introduction to 3D Modelling (20 credits) Content Creation for VFX (40 credits) History of Visual Effects (20 credits) HE Level 5 (Year 2): Visual Effects Studio Project (40 credits) Character Creation & Motion capture for VFX (40 credits) Motion Graphics & UI Development (20 credits) Contemporary Visual Effects (20 credits) HE Level 6 (Year 3): Professional Studio Practice (40 credits) Professional Specialism (20 credits) Honours Project (60 credits)

Assessment method

We want to do everything we can to prepare you for working within the creative industries, and this is reflected in the way we teach and assess you. The course is mostly coursework based, which means your tutors will be able to give you constant, constructive feedback. Presentation techniques will give you valuable experience of how to present your thoughts and ideas successfully and enthusiastically, so you are better at selling your ideas to prospective employers. The written work is an important part of assessment and will improve your communication skills. A combination of lectures, tutorials, peer reviews, discussions and observations will ensure that you’re industry ready. External visits will present you with a wider range of topics and the opportunity to expand your portfolio, whilst guest speakers will help you to understand film production and media industries, how it works and how you can make your mark on it.

How to apply

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Futureworks (Manchester)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We are able to accept applications from students requiring a Student visa. An administration fee of £1500 will be charged on application for applicants who require a Student Visa.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


Interviewer: Jamie Scott (Programme Leader) If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview where you will have the opportunity to talk about your work, influences and interests. Ideal applicants will have a keen interest in film, television, and visual effects. You are welcome to bring any relevant examples of work with you, if you have them.

English language requirements

GCSE level 4 & above or equivalent

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £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
EU £17000 Year 1
International £17000 Year 1

Additional fee information

An administration fee of £1500 will be charged on application for applicants who require a Student Visa.
Visual Effects at Futureworks - UCAS