Designed in association with leading companies that represent 60% of the UK’s VFX industry (including Double Negative, Framestore, MPC and ILM), as well as professional bodies like Creative Skillset and UK Screen Alliance, you’ll learn how to translate your imagination into believable 3D environments and create the VFX imagery of tomorrow, whether for film, architectural visualisations or new VR applications.
Your VFX skills
On this future-looking undergraduate Animation & VFX course, you’ll develop a skill set that will equip you for the increasing range of applications of VFX. From tv and film to architecture and urban design; scientific research to creative design and virtual reality.
Working with directors or filming your own shots, you’ll become an expert ‘world builder’, using visual effects as scaffolding to enhance a story.
Your VFX future
Through lectures, workshops, live briefs and one-to-one crits throughout your degree, you’ll gain valuable exposure to industry experts from major and independent studios. Small class sizes mean you’ll have frequent contact with teaching staff and visitors from the professional networks connected to the course.
You’ll have the opportunity to attend FMX, the biggest and best VFX and animation conference and festival in Europe. You’ll also have access to a subsidised commercial version of Nuke, the industry-standard software used in major studios, with a licence that extends for one year after graduation.
Typical career paths include:
3D Environment Artist
Match Move Artist
Learn to see: study VFX fundamentals about lenses, pixels and light to see differently
Follow set exercises aimed at understanding pixel fundamentals and fooling the eye
Progress from making two-dimensional flat imagery towards testing 3D virtual space
Research the use of optics, photorealism, perspective, theatrical stagecraft, monumental and civic art, sci-fi films, architecture and photography then apply these to make your VFX more novel and convincing
Use green screen with 4k URSA cameras
Have the opportunity to attend industry talks, presentations and discussions with key VFX companies and VFX professionals
Practice digital matte painting to improve your work
Progress from 2D to 3D
Learn industry processes like tracking, match moving, and extracting motion data from footage and transferring it to your developing scenes
Independently research how these techniques might be used within a professional setting
Gain short periods of work experience, engage in a live brief and attend industry conferences
Collaborate in flexible, open-ended and innovative ways to build amazing showreels
Attend industry talks, presentations and discussions with key VFX companies and VFX professionals
Learn about Look Development, lighting, texturing, rendering and all you'll need to build your worlds
Develop a professional portfolio of work
Gain powerful project management techniques to ensure you can lead VFX teams and increase job prospects
Research, prepare and complete a full-blown VFX production, and prepare a Research Report in a field related to your final production
Develop a plan to market and promote yourself, and show your 'creative edge' to sell yourself to employers
Take part in industry talks, presentations and discussions with key VFX companies and VFX professionals
Typical UK offers
A / AS Levels – GCEGCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB, at least one of which must be in an art, design or media related subject. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject
BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject
UAL Extended DiplomaMerit
UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignMerit
UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignPass
Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignMerit
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)Pass
International Baccalaureate DiplomaA minimum of 32 points
NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through interview and portfolio review so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.
If you are studying at the time of your application and your interview is successful, it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.
If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.
We accept qualifications from all over the world, to find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.
Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).
You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to discuss your application individually.