Brunel University London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Visual Effects and Motion Graphics

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Course summary

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Our Visual Effects and Motion Graphics BSc degree is a modern, hands-on course that combines digital technology and creative design. It has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required by the visual effects and motion graphics sector within the entertainment and creative industries. At Brunel, we combine a study of visual effects with motion graphics so you can learn a wide range of creative and technical skills required to produce high-quality visual assets and artefacts for film, TV, the Web, games and other creative outlets. You’ll study VFX acquisition, motion design, CGI, digital graphic design, digital photography and video. You will then progress to producing more complex post-production assets and artefacts involving compositing, advanced CGI, 3D animation, media aesthetics, motion graphics and mixed reality. In your final year, you can choose from modules in advanced digital graphics and motion design and advanced 3D animation with additional options in digital experiences and creative technology design. Professional and transferable skills required for working in the creative digital industries are developed throughout each year of the course. Our modern, industry standard digital media facilities include a green screen and post-production studio, motion capture, sound and photography studios, 4K digital cinema cameras, and a dedicated render farm. You will have independent access to exclusive PC and Mac computing laboratories and benefit from the latest industry standard specialist software for graphics and image/video editing, 3D animation, digital compositing and high-quality asset creation. There's also the opportunity for you to use our immersive virtual environment laboratory. This includes an immersive dome (planetarium) set up for Brunel by the National Space Centre in Leicester, and is one of only a few in the UK! There are guest lectures covering lots of different digital media topics and the visiting lecturers provide industry insight and advice on how to structure your portfolio and showreels. Speakers include creative and design directors, motion graphics professionals, 3D graphic supervisors, and VFX specialists and generalists. Visits are arranged to TV and photography studios, and post-production houses. There’s also the opportunity to go to conferences and this is your chance to build networks with key industry experts. In addition, you have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London for trips to exhibitions celebrating the creative industries. Brunel’s visual effects and motion graphics course is fully accredited and industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries. It carries the ScreenSkills Select quality mark which indicates that it is best suited to prepare you for a career in the screen industries. The course can be studied full-time over three years, or four years with a placement year. The digital media courses at Brunel are the only ScreenSkills-accredited degree programmes in London and the South East. The end-of-year highlight is the BrunelDigital degree show hosted on Brunel’s one London campus. Exhibiting your creative work at this event is a great way for you to connect with leading creative technologists and showcase your talent. Brunel’s location close to the large concentration of creative and entertainment industries in and around London means that there are a variety of job opportunities available. Our graduates take up posts as motion graphics designers, compositors, animators, 3D graphic artists and designers, digital video editors and producers, directors of photography, games designers/developers, and post-production engineers. Many become self-employed, either as freelancers or by setting up their own companies.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 3D CGI Foundations Acquisition for VFX Creativity for Digital Media Design Digital Graphic Design Foundations of Interactive Digital Media Development Introduction to Motion Design Introduction to Professional Practice in the Creative Industries Video Production and Digital Photography Year 2 3D Animation Advanced 3D CGI Applied Media Aesthetics Immersive Mixed Reality Design Motion Graphics Applications Motion Graphics Design Programming for the Moving Image Visual Effects Compositing Year 3 Compulsory: Working in the Digital Creative Industries Major Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Project Optional: Advanced 3D Animation Advanced Digital Graphics and Motion Design Designing with Creative Technologies (Artificial Intelligence and Games) Digital Experiences


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeHW62
Institution code B84
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD in any subject
Access to HE Diploma Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD in any subject and A level at grade B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D in any subject and A levels grade BB
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DDD in any subject
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) DD in any subject and A level at grade B
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) D in any subject and A levels grade BB
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD in any subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD in any subject and A level at grade B
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D in any subject and A levels grade BB

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
Institution's Own Testwith no less than 55% in each subsection
TOEFL (iBT)79with a minimum of: Reading - 18 Listening - 17 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17
PTE Academic51with a minimum of 51 in all subscores

Brunel University London - English Language Requirements

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/international/English-Language-Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £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
International £19280* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Visual Effects and Motion Graphics at Brunel University London - UCAS