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8 BA Programs in Special Effects

Standing for “Bachelor of Arts,” a BA is an undergraduate degree and program designed to help students build a well-rounded background. The four years of courses combine specialized study in a major of choice with humanities, language and other liberal arts subjects. What is a BA in Special Effects? This program provides hands-on studies on the use of visual special effects in televisi… Read more

Standing for “Bachelor of Arts,” a BA is an undergraduate degree and program designed to help students build a well-rounded background. The four years of courses combine specialized study in a major of choice with humanities, language and other liberal arts subjects.

What is a BA in Special Effects? This program provides hands-on studies on the use of visual special effects in television, film and other media. Courses can cover a range of practices, from traditional art and animation to computer-generated effects and model/animatronics work. Directly working with industry-standard tools allows students to develop proficiency with modern principles and techniques in the industry through experimental works and group projects, sometimes including visits to animation festivals and having industry experts as guests.

While working toward a BA in Special Effects, students gain technical prowess with a variety of animation tools common in the industry and further develop their artistic vision. They also learn to effectively plan and outline creative projects, cooperate with other specialists and assemble their professional portfolios.

The costs of a BA in Special Effects largely depend on the tuition costs of three to five years of courses. Other major factors are the necessary textbooks and tools and, potentially, the cost of room and board on campus. Students are recommended to research this before applying.

Students with a BA in Special Effects are prepared for careers in visual media and entertainment. Storyboard artists outline and visualize proposed special effects early in the project, and these storyboards are realized by—depending on the medium—digital artists, mechanical effects technicians, make-up artists and more. Along with live action and animated TV and film, video games present potential careers for more technical graduates, crossing CGI animation with programming.

A BA in Special Effects can be earned at most universities that offer programs in the arts. The hands-on nature of these courses means programs are generally campus-based. To learn more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Berlin School Of Business & Innovation
Hamburg, Germany

The course aims to attract the best creative talent and join the fascinating world of animated filmmaking. We will ensure you reach your full potential as you work in an indus ... +

The course aims to attract the best creative talent and join the fascinating world of animated filmmaking. We will ensure you reach your full potential as you work in an industry-standard studio with state of the art facilities. You will be supported by an esteemed faculty who will guide you to find your own unique approach within the field. The curriculum incorporates the latest industry technology and meets contemporary digital standards too, ensuring you are equipped with relevant software for the field. -
BA
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Feb 2022
Campus
 
University of Europe for Applied Sciences
Berlin, Germany +1 More

Computer, video, and mobile games are the medium of the future. Games mean entertainment and business, yet they also reflect personal expression and global perspectives – and ... +

Computer, video, and mobile games are the medium of the future. Games mean entertainment and business, yet they also reflect personal expression and global perspectives – and most of all, they're a lot of fun. As a game designer, you’ll create innovative game mechanics and shape game narratives. With your expertise, you’ll be involved in all stages of development: from the first idea through to the technical and creative conceptualization and finally the design of spaces and characters. -
BA
Full-time
6 semesters
English, German
Mar 2022
Campus
 
Norwich University of the Arts
Norwich, United Kingdom

Visual Effects (VFX) is the fastest growing area in the film industry. Our BA (Hons) Animation & VFX degree course will give you the skills to create astounding visual eff ... +

Visual Effects (VFX) is the fastest growing area in the film industry. Our BA (Hons) Animation & VFX degree course will give you the skills to create astounding visual effects worlds, as seen in Hollywood films, stunning TV series and impactful commercials. -
BA
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 

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Arts University Bournemouth
Poole, United Kingdom

Underpinned by training in traditional artistic techniques such as drawing, colour theory, perspective, photography and composition, you’ll learn what it takes to create your ... +

Underpinned by training in traditional artistic techniques such as drawing, colour theory, perspective, photography and composition, you’ll learn what it takes to create your own feature film quality visual effects. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

VFX will focus on getting the basics right. The students will be exposed to drawing and concept sketching techniques, creative thinking for visual design, understanding the im ... +

VFX will focus on getting the basics right. The students will be exposed to drawing and concept sketching techniques, creative thinking for visual design, understanding the importance of research and analysis in conceiving a concept. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Falmouth University
Penryn, United Kingdom

Bring your ideas to life through the world of animation. We’ll support you in developing original, imaginative stories that come to life with a well-defined understanding and ... +

Bring your ideas to life through the world of animation. We’ll support you in developing original, imaginative stories that come to life with a well-defined understanding and appreciation of the animation production pipeline. -
BA
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Sep 2022
26 Jan 2022
Campus
 
Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas
Pinheiros, Brazil

In BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and TV, the focus is on the use of high technology in computer animation and 3D compositing effects in live action scenes. Based on conten ... +

In BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and TV, the focus is on the use of high technology in computer animation and 3D compositing effects in live action scenes. Based on content creation and 3D design, the special effects professionals in the market develop projects, combining hyper-realism in computer graphics and digital effects with films and digital cinema, ranging from fire simulation, particles, characters and digital stunts, to chroma key and matte paint. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English, Portuguese (Brazil)
Campus
 
Falmouth University
Penryn, United Kingdom

Kick-start a diverse and successful career by embarking on an exciting programme that covers all aspects of post-production and visual effects (VFX) for animation, film and te ... +

Kick-start a diverse and successful career by embarking on an exciting programme that covers all aspects of post-production and visual effects (VFX) for animation, film and television, designed in conjunction with leaders in the thriving global post-production and VFX sectors. -
BA
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Sep 2022
26 Jan 2022
Campus