VFX (Visual Effects and Animation) 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.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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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.

Along with the media classes, you will improve your English and Maths skills which will make you more employable and improve the quality of your media work. GCSE Maths and English resit classes may be part of your timetable depending on your GCSE entry grades. You will also attend group tutorials and 1-1 tutorials to support your study as well as enrichment activities such as watching films, meeting guest lecturers from the industry and making visits to film and television studios.

Entry Requirements
  • 5 GCSEs (9-4) including English and Maths, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 2 qualification
  • 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.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

VFX (Visual Effects and Animation) Level 3
Qualification: UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology
LevelLevel 3
DurationOne or Two Years
Year 1: Diploma
Year 2: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £7,395 (This fee covers the whole two year course)


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