Visual effects and motion graphics are an integral part of modern media, from Hollywood films to adverts, music promos and TV drama. This VFX degree will develop your creative instincts in VFX and motion graphics. Based in USW's Cardiff campus, the course is industry focused, with many opportunities to work with industry while you study. You’ll work on live projects and briefs, with many opportunities for practical experience through placements. USW VFX students have worked on Sherlock, Doctor Who, Bastard Executioner, and Beowulf. This visual effects course will develop technical expertise in Nuke, Adobe Creative Suite, Cinema 4D, Maya, and tracking software. What’s more, you’ll develop an understanding of working pipelines and the ability to work collaboratively. Our best students get multiple job offers and are headhunted by industry, going on to work on big-name projects including The Jungle Book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Inception, Captain America, Iron Man 2 and The Chronicles of Narnia.
The majority of your assessment (80%) is through presentation of practical assignments, with remaining elements in written or multi-media form. You will be expected to ‘pitch’ your project ideas and concepts to staff, leading VFX professionals and other students, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances
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Additional entry requirements
Selection for this course is based on a suitable application. If you do not meet the entry criteria, you may also be required to provide a portfolio of your work to help us assess your suitability for the course. Your portfolio should demonstrate strong artistic and design abilities and can include any personal work or projects that you feel are relevant to the course.
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