VFX (Visual Effects) Production Level 3

Animation and VFX (Visual Effects) is fast becoming one of the skills shortage areas in the UK Creative Industries, due to significant demand and growth in this area. This course will provide an opportunity for students to develop their skills and expertise in VFX, CGI and Animation.

Who is the course aimed at?

Visual Effects (VFX) and Animation is an exciting and dynamic industry. This programme is designed for those learners wishing to develop their skills and expertise in animation, visual effects, post-production, concept art, 2D/3D Modelling, with a view to progressing to Degree study and employment.

How will I learn?

This study programme is designed to equip students with the practical, creative and analytical skills to make professional quality media products and develop skills in digital graphics, animation and visual effects (VFX). You also will improve your English and Maths skills and will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate your project work based on industry style briefs. You will be supported in improving your job prospects in the Digital Media Industry, whether that is via a UCAS application to a degree course or applying for work.

Over the course of the two years you will develop your theoretical and practical skills in audio/visual techniques, brand marketing and the Creative Skills Industry. The underpinning skills in effective communication, teamwork, research, analysis, writing styles and organisation are developed as you produce coursework portfolios, digital submissions and seminar presentations.

Entry Requirements

Normally 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C/9-4), including English and Maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview.

Career Opportunities

There is a national skills shortage for animators and VFX artists. Careers in the interactive media sector include work within film and television production, advertising, post-productions, VFX, computer games design, landscape and architecture virtualisation, web design, Social Media and Digital marketing.

Course Progression

Depending on your age when you start, you will either study a two year extended diploma or a one year diploma before progressing to the second year. Some students who want a top up year after A levels can apply for only the one year course. After two years, our Media students apply through UCAS to a degree course where they can specialise in different areas of the Creative Industries.

Careers Advice and Guidance

The Careers Guidance team provides information, careers advice and guidance to students across all campuses. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service.They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:

  • Career choice
  • Progression Routes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Employability Skills

There is well a equipped Careers Centre containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.

The careers guidance service has achieved the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard. The service is also accredited by the matrix Quality Standard for information, Advice and Guidance.

For further careers advice and guidance and support please contact careers@colchester.ac.uk.

Applying To UCAS

In 2015, 1 in 4 students who got into university in the UK did so with a BTEC (UCAS report – Progression Pathways Jan 2016)

BTEC Diplomas provide a practical, real-world approach to learning and an alternative route to traditional GCSEs and A Levels. BTEC qualifications were established over 25 years ago and are recognised by universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide. The table below shows how many UCAS points each of the most common qualifications are worth.

For example, an Extended Diploma at Triple Distinction* (D*D*D*) equates to 3 A Levels at A*

For information on the tariffs for other qualifications, please visit the UCAS website.

VFX (Visual effects) Production Level 3
LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
DurationOne or Two Years
Year 1: Diploma
Year 2: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2019
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £7,395 (This fee covers the whole two year course)

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