Visual effects and motion graphics are an integral part of modern media, from Hollywood films to adverts, music promos and TV drama. This VFX degree will develop your creative instincts in VFX and motion graphics. It is industry focused, with many opportunities to work with industry while you study. You’ll work on live projects and briefs, with many opportunities for practical experience through placements. USW VFX students have worked on Sherlock, Doctor Who, Bastard Executioner, and Beowulf.
This visual effects course will develop technical expertise in Nuke, Adobe Creative Suite, Cinema 4D, Maya, and tracking software. What’s more, you’ll develop an understanding of working pipelines and the ability to work collaboratively. Our best students get multiple job offers and are headhunted by industry, going on to work on big-name projects including The Jungle Book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Inception, Captain America, Iron Man 2 and The Chronicles of Narnia. See student and graduate work vfx.me.uk
USW’s Visual Effects and Motion Graphics degree is part of Film & TV School Wales, which provides students with the skills and opportunities needed to work in today’s exciting TV and Film industry.
Our VFX course is a balance between practice and theory, and is supplemented by visits from industry professionals, exhibitions and workshops.
In your first year, you’ll study modules such as concept development and time- based design, motion graphic design and audiovisual technique.
In year two, modules will include 3D tracking and professional studies, as well as advanced motion graphics and VFX projects with work experience. Your final year consists of projects, including a major final project, undertaking research and developing your design management skills. You’ll also take part in design competitions.
Our graduates pursue careers as VFX artists, compositors, modellers and motion graphics designers across a huge range of visual media. With great links to established companies such as the BBC, Cloth Cat, Double Negative, and Framestore, our best students get multiple job offers and are often headhunted to work around the world.
Year one: VFX and Motion Graphics degree
- Contextual Studies: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
- Visual Effects
- Image Acquisition Fundamentals
- Concept Development and Time Based Design
- Motion Graphic Design
- Audio Visual Techniques
Year two: VFX and Motion Graphics degree
- Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Project
- Narrative Forms in Animation, Comics and Computer Games
- 3D Tracking
- Critical Studies: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
- Professional and Critical Studies in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
- Professional Design and Practice
- Motion Graphics
- CCI Work Experience
Year three: VFX and Motion Graphics degree
- Major Project: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
- Critical Research: Animation
- Minor Project: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
- Design Competitions: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
- Professional Development: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
Daniel Kemeys graduated in 2015 from BA(Hons) Visual and Motion Effects, and in 2017 was part of the team that won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for The Jungle Book.
Since graduating, Daniel has worked for MPC and Cheap Shot as Digital Compositor, working on films including The Jungle Book, The Shallows, Suicide Squad and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
“My day to day role involves making things look cool! I use all the 3D elements provided by other artists, then spend my days placing stock footage; adding 2D elements to a 3D world, working with colour and exposure to merge the real footage with CG elements.
I can’t say enough about what the course has done for me – I now travel the world, doing what I love to do.”