MA

Visual Effects

The MA Visual Effects course is a response to the creative industries demand for nurturing enterprising creative talent in Visual Effects production. London is a world leader in this creative sector.

The course has an emphasis on high- level practice, to nurture students’ technical skills and creativity, to enable them to be leading practitioners in: effects animation, CGI, rotoscoping, compositing, VR and AR production related workflows.

Programme Overview

  • Technical and creative skills are developed for effects animation, CGI, rotoscoping, compositing, VR and AR production related workflows.
  • Our tutors are industry professionals with knowledge and experience of contemporary industry practice and trends.
  • The course involves a relatively higher level of practical and professional skills covered on the programme.
  • Students experience working with the support and guidance of experienced producers to help realise their vision.
  • Free access to equipment and facilities outside of class time.
  • Progression: Graduates will find opportunities in feature film, broadcast, commercials, corporate, scientific visualisation, and emerging platforms.

Programme Facts

DURATION:
1 year

START:
October 2020

FEES:
UK/EU £9,900 per year
+ £500 REGISTRATION FEE

International £17,450 per year
+ £500 REGISTRATION FEE

subject to validation by:

Student Story

Clarissa

Classes are small and my tutor is great. I can ask him anything, even about projects I am thinking of doing, or about my past project experiences, and he is always happy to answer and share his advice and experience.

Clarissa,

MA DIRECTING FICTION, GERMANY

Course Outline

RESEARCH METHODS

MODULE1

This is a cross-specialization research methods module designed to communicate the breadth of the research spectrum from its origins in philosophical, scientific and sociological enquiry to its contemporary forms and applications within academic and industrial contexts. The module offers opportunities for students to apply subject knowledge to their specialization whilst facilitating an improved student experience through shared learning activities across several MA curse cohorts.

ADVANCED VFX TEAM PROCESSES, PIPELINES AND WORKFLOW

MODULE2

This module will introduce the students to working individually and in teams to practice the key technical processes, teams and roles that form the parts of set project workflows. To ensure essential individual skills attainment and team working procedures at professional standard students will be introduced to pipelines and workflows of major VFX providers and understand the legal and practical rationales that underpin these practices. Moving between roles on set projects, completing background clean ups and rig removal, camera tracking, match moving, matte painting, crowd and environment compositing, students will benefit throughout from industry standard critical review from tutors.

3D CGI DESIGN: LOOK, LIGHTING,MODELS, TEXTURES AND ENVIRONMENTS

MODULE3

The aim is to ensure essential individual skills attainment and team working procedures at professional standard to aspire to higher levels of photo realism and how this is composited with physical processes and elements such as lighting, cast, sets, costumes, prosthetics and make-up. Students will benefit throughout from encouragement to attain industry standard practice through critical reviews from tutors and peers and enhance their awareness of future developments that will affect practice in this area.

TECHNICAL DIRECTION:CHARACTER ANIMATION AND CREATURES CREATION

MODULE4

The module objective is to thoroughly ground students in the full range of actual industry practices regarding VFX Technical Direction for Character Animation and Creatures Creation. Students will learn rigging to create convincing skeleton, muscle and mechanical systems, and secondary animation of various simulations, such as skin, clothing, fur and metal. The aim is to ensure essential individual skills attainment and team working procedures at professional standard.

MAJOR PROJECT

MODULE5

This is a practical VFX production module through which the student will explore, from concept development to delivery, the technical and aesthetic elements of advanced VFX and their integration with live action short film projects demonstrating their full grasp of the processes imparted in previous modules. Students will realise work that addresses an area of creative interest, relevant to students’ overarching professional aims in becoming new entrant VFX practitioners, bridging into the creative industries to utilise their skills across a variety of media forms.

Entry Requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree, in a relevant field, or equivalent industry experience.
  • International students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent
  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview.
  • All applicants must submit a visual portfolio with their application.

Are you an International student?

Fees

Understanding the costs and financing options open to you as you plan your studies will help you to make a wise investment in your future career.

UK/EU

£9,900 per year

(£9,900 / DEGREE) + £500 REGISTRATION FEE

International

£17,450 per year

(£25,200 / degree) + £500 Registration Fee
  • Tuition fees cover

Actors costs, shooting kit and Production budgets for module exercises. This does not include your Graduation Film for which you will need a budget of approximately £500.

  • Student Loans are available for UK/EU students

of up to £11,222. EU students may also apply for funding from their country of domicile where applicable.

  • Scholarships available

Including scholarships for International Students.

  • Additional costs

You will also need a Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?

Our Tutors

Martin Bray

Martyn is an award winning cinematographer with a long standing relationship with London’s most prestigious production companies, including the Ridley Scott Associates.

Throughout his career, he has worked in the camera department on feature films, first as a clapper loader working up through the ranks to Director of Photography, doing projects with BBC and Channel 4. In 2011 his interest in education led him to mentoring creative professionals and lecturing in Cinematography at Four Corners. Since 2013 Martyn has been a core tutor at Central Film School, specialising in Cinematography and Colour Grading.​

Martyn Bray,

MODULE LEADER, CINEMATOGRAPHY