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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.
Our fast-track degree means you can graduate and be earning and doing what you love in just two years.
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).
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.
How to apply
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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 http://www.sae.edu/gbr
|UCAS Tariff||72 points|
|A level||A* - D||To understand what combination of grades you need to achieve 72 UCAS tariff points please visit ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D*D* - MMP|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 45 credits
M: 42 credits
P: 3 credits
|Scottish Higher||A - C|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||
All subjects require A*-C in English (4-9)
Audio Production and Games Programming also require A*-C in Mathematics (4-9)
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|