The VFX award is for applicants looking for a career in the film, post-production or games industries - although some graduates may move onto positions within the architectural visualization, re-touching/advertising agencies or postgraduate study.
VFX is predominantly about ideas and concept generation for film or games, covering characters, vehicles, products, clothing, sets, and environments - ultimately taking those ideas through to finished concept artwork or 3D models.
More than ever, the film and games industries need tangible, exciting plots/scenarios with characters, environments, and props to match them. Students develop ideas sometimes as 2D artwork concepts, complemented by accurate 3D digital modeling, coupled with green screen/compositing techniques. Design methodology, concept origination, speculative design, visualization skills, life drawing, physical sketch and facsimile modeling provide traditional design skills.
Project work is undertaken individually or as part of a team. Our staff has good (and expanding) industrial links. Where possible they call on their research or commercial work to inform and shape the curriculum, resulting in more industry-savvy graduates.
Entry into the Programme will be via one of the following routes:
Route 1: Entry to Year 1
- Successful completion of STPM with 2 full passes or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.0 and completion of SPM or equivalent; or
- Successful completion of A-Level with at least a pass in 2 subjects and successful completion of O-Level or equivalent; or
- Recognised Matriculation or foundation with CGPA 2.0; or
- A qualification that APIIT accepts as equivalent to the above.
- And Portfolio
You will be required to create a perspective drawing project of “Environment Design”. The drawing must include an environment in a traditional market with people selling and buying on the scene. Please consider the use of perspective techniques for expressing your ideas.
All students must demonstrate that they have met the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 either through formal English language assessment or through success in the prior study at “A” level or equivalent in English
Route 2: Entry to year 2
- Successful completion of the relevant APIIT Diploma, or
- Successful completion of the study in another recognized institution with academic credits equivalent to Year 1 of an honors degree in relevant subjects
All applicants will be individually assessed via a portfolio, interview including drawing.
Topics you will experience include:
- Digital Presentation 1 I
- Digital Presentation 1 II
- Digital Pipeline 1 I
- Digital Pipeline 1 II
- Cinema: Film Analysis
- Introduction to VFX: Visual Effects & Concept Design I
- Introduction to VFX: Visual Effects & Concept Design II
- Digital Compositing for Film
- Introduction to Graphic Design
- Future Lifestyles I
- Future Lifestyles II
- Digital Pipeline 2 I
- Digital Pipeline 2 II
- Digital Presentation 2 I
- Digital Presentation 2 II
- Set Design I
- Set Design II
- Creativity for Sound & Moving Image I
- Creativity for Sound & Moving Image II
- Negotiated Programme of Study Part A
- Negotiated Programme of Study Part B
- Team Production Project I
- Team Production Project II
- Design Project Report
- Advanced 3D Modelling and Animation
In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete four (4) General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.
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With a high degree of very transferable skills, VFX graduates are equipped to look beyond immediate employment within film or games industries, for example, architectural visualization, web media, advertising, media, teaching etc.