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Visual Effects Animation SAE Institute Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Middlesex University


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From the serenity of an elven forest to an explosive planetary invasion, visual effects are at the core of the moving industry. From blockbuster movies to high-impact commercials and interactive video games, visual effects artists are now embedded across many film projects, working to shape the visual language of an entire movie. In the UK, the visual effects sector continues to evolve and grow.

From modelling to 3D animation and motion capture, you’ll learn the critical hands-on elements and processes needed to tell a story and release your ideas from the page.

You will learn how to analyse and design images and animations for a range of professional contexts. We place a strong emphasis on equipping you with the tools you'll need to manipulate your creations and you'll gain an understanding of critical pre-production planning processes. You'll also explore how lighting, rendering and visual language combine to bring visual effects to life.

Your final project includes a professional showreel of your accomplishments demonstrating your practical skills and showcasing your storytelling and artistic talents.

Course details


Our fast-track degree means you can graduate and be earning and doing what you love in just two years.

Year 1:
Trimester 1 - 2D Fundamentals; Information, Communication and Professional Media Practice.
Trimester 2 - 3D Fundamentals; Rendering and Animation Fundamentals.
Trimester 3 - Introduction to VFX; Elective module (see website for details).

Year 2:
Trimester 4 - Advanced Character Animation and Production Rendering; Marketing, Business Planning and Law.
Trimester 5 - Research Practice and Society, Elective module (see website for details).
Trimester 6 - Major project.

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants must meet the general entry requirements outlined below. You will also need to provide evidence that you are proficient in the English language. More details can be found at

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points
A level A* - C A*-C including both English and mathematics

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,000 Year 1
International £13,000 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For the London, Oxford and Liverpool campuses, fees are £9,000 per year for UK/EU students and £13,000 per year for international students. Fees at our Glasgow campus are £7,000 per year UK/EU and £11,000 for international students per year. N.B. From September 2019, fees at our Glasgow campus will be £7,500 per year UK/EU and £11,500 for international students.

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