BA (Hons) VFX

General

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Program Description

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 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:

  • Roto Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • 3D Generalist
  • 3D Environment Artist
  • Match Move Artist
  • Visualiser
  • Compositor
  • Art Director
  • Matte Painter/Artist
  • Modeller
  • Architectural Visualiser
  • Experiential Designer

Course content

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2

  • 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

Year 3

  • 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

Entry Requirements

Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE 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 Diploma
Merit

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Merit

UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Pass

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A 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.

International applications

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 international@nua.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking.

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking. Read less