BA (Hons) Visual Effects & Model Making is the magical part of our screen and stage facility. The practical skills you will learn on this course are relevant to a wide range of careers, including film and television prop making, puppet and character development for stop frame animation, animatronics and automata for exhibition, concept models for the games industry, model making and design for theatre, architectural model making, prototyping for industrial designers, interactive exhibition models and photographic props for advertising. Furthermore, digital model making utilising CGI software such as 3ds Max, is often used in animation, Illustration and graphic design. You will learn not only traditional technical skills, such as sculpting, mould making and model making but also digital skills, including digital scanning and 3D printing with industry-standard software and equipment. Working alongside complementary programmes, you pick-up where others have left off, enhancing productions through your creativity, for example making a miniature-model establishing shot, digital set extension or augmenting a practical prop with some visual flourishes. By the end of the three-year course, you will have produced a showreel and portfolio of models composited into VFX sequences and settings. INDUSTRY LINKS Our model-making team have worked with a range of clients and are professional freelancers, maintaining strong industry links, including: Aardman Animation Industrial Light & Magic Alpha Star Productions Eighties Doubt Productions Sea and Sky Pictures Tees Valley Screen Social Northern Film & Media, (BFI ScreenSkills) Candle and Bell
In your first year (Level Four,) you will explore:
- Research Studies
- Drawing for Creative Development
- Workshop Practice
- Visual Development
- Traditional Creative Development
- Digital Creative Development
- Digital Development
- Action Props
- Transformative Techniques
- Professional Practice
- Professional Consolidation
- Project Research and Preparation
- Final Major Project
In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.
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
- Year 2
- Year 3
We do not currently accept students from outside of the UK. However, we can accept applications from those have evidence of pre-settled status to live, work and study in the UK. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile. If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview. Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate. It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.
Additional entry requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|