University of Bradford

Film and Visual Effects Technology University of Bradford Degree level: Undergraduate

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A brand new, cutting edge programme designed as a response to industry demand for graduates who are creative and artistic, as well as technically able.

Utilising state-of-the-art and industry standard technologies, software and processes, you will gain a professional grounding in:

Still and moving image capture/manipulation

Cinematography

Modelling and animation

Computational simulation

Digital compositing

CGI lighting

Look development and advanced rendering

These skills are underpinned by conceptual/theoretical understanding, ensuring you emerge as a competent, well-rounded and employable professional. You will be guided every step of the way by our industry-experienced team of academics

From day one you will be immersed in the practical and theoretical aspects of Film and Visual effects. Through hands on industry practitioner tutorage and research informed teaching, you will develop the skills you need to excel at any production house, be it Film, VFX or related fields.

You will not just learn to use the software; you will develop crucial social, industry, artistic, and scientific skills and context. The industry regularly states that this broad knowledge base is missing in most graduates, and is in great demand - meaning you will be highly employable upon graduation.

You will have the opportunity to learn and engage with a wide pool of industry expert academics that span the creative industries and computer sciences. You will work with both Professors and researchers in bringing new exciting technology and knowledge into the world, whilst also being taught directly by professionals that are currently working at production companies.

We’ve designed the programme to give you the solid grounding you need in Animation, Film Production and Visual Effects in the first year of study. In your second year you will decide your focus disciplines. Your third year will be spent on an industry placement, giving you invaluable real-world experiences and insight. In your final year you’ll form a team and spend a full year on a fully-fledged production; the start of your professional portfolio.

We offer outstanding facilities, and are passionate about our industry and developing creative, highly skilled graduates. Upon graduation you’ll have an extensive portfolio of work ready to showcase to graduate employers. Practical elements of the programme will build a substantial portfolio of work alone; the outstanding extra-curricular opportunities open to you at Bradford will allow you to really stand out when stepping into the competitive graduate employment market.

Course details

Modules

Year 1:
3D Character Modeling and Animation (core)
Application Programming and Development (core)
Creativity and Imagination (core)
Introduction to 3D Computer Modelling and Animation (core),
Introduction to Digital Visual Effects (core)
Moving Image Production (core)

Year 2: Cinematography (core)
Digital Compositing and Post Production (core)
Digital Preparation, Rotoscoping and Matte Painting (core)
Look Development, Lighting and Advanced Rendering (core)
Script Programming and Technical Animation (core)
Motion Capture and Digital Scanning (option)
Technical Effects and Physics for CGI and VFX (option)

Year 4: Professional Industry Profile (core),
Studio Pre-Production (core),
Studio Production (core).

Assessment method

Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group.
All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners.
Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules.


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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W614
Institution code B56
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points 112 UCAS tariff points to include 1 GCE Advanced Level or equivalent and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or equivalent.
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma As UCAS tariff
Scottish Higher As UCAS tariff
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 0 points As UCAS tariff and Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English and Maths.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 112 UCAS tariff points to include 3 Higher Level Subjects and Ordinary Level English and Maths at grade O4

The University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. To check whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the University.

English language requirements for International and EU applicants:
The standard University requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.0 (or equivalent). However, if you require a Tier 4 (student) visa to study you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's requirement which is currently IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5. Conditional offers to international students will be made on this basis.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £18,420 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * 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.

Provider information

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University of Bradford
Richmond Road
Bradford
BD7 1DP


Course contact details

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Admissions Office - Faculty of Engineering and Informatics Team