Staffordshire University

CGI and Visual Effects Staffordshire University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Want to gain the technical skills to create awe-inspiring special effects for film, television, games and advertising? Take our CGI and Visual Effects degree.

The UK visual effects industry is amongst the most highly rated in the world – and this is your chance to become a part of it. Our Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) and Visual Effects degree is optimised for students wishing to learn the creative and technical skills required to produce awe-inspiring special effects for film, television, games and advertising.

Combining visual effects, 3D modelling, animation and digital technology, this course teaches you to produce the sort of mind-blowing results that you see in Hollywood blockbusters. Whether you’re keen to create explosions and chaos, or master the technology required to bring a motion capture character to life, we can prepare you for an exciting career in the visual effects industry.

Covering areas like 3D modelling, digital animation and matchmoving, your first year will see you get to grips with the foundations of CGI and Visual Effects. You’ll learn how to use software such as Maya, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. You’ll take part in a team project, producing a short film to showcase your newly-acquired skills.

You'll create effects using professional industry technology, including HD and 4K digital cinema cameras, green screen studios, Unreal games engine and post-production suites. Using innovative software from Foundry, Pixel Logic and Adobe is also a fundamental part of this course.

Course details


Year 1 (Core) Production Skills for VFX, Digital Compositing 1, Digital Photography for VFX, Introduction to CGI.

Year 2 (Core): Scripting Concepts for VFX, Visualisations, 3D Modelling for VFX, Dynamics and Simulation for VFX, Digital Compositing 2, Junior VFX Team Project.

Year 3 (Core): FX Portfolio Project, Senior Team VFX Project, Lighting Techniques, FX Research Project, Employability for Visual Effects and Games

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

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Course code W614
Institution code S72
Campus name Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £11,100 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Staffordshire University
College Road
Stoke on Trent

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