This innovative programme meets the needs of 'establishing' or
new practitioners operating in the visual effects (VFX) sector who are either working independently or
within companies. They may hold a relevant level 5 qualification such as a
foundation degree or HND, or have a minimum of three years' experience working
in the VFX sector and wish to progress to gain a bachelors degree that
recognises the professional learning achieved in VFX practice.
This degree will:
Provide an opportunity for new or 'establishing' Visual Effects practitioners to gain a bachelors degree with honours in a part-time capacity at an accelerated rate
Centre around real-life projects undertaken in the workplace, enabling employers and individual practitioners to negotiate the specific focus of professional learning
Focus on the development, establishment and enhancement of professional practice
Facilitate the accreditation of (in-house or externally provided) professional training previously or concurrently undertaken so that this learning can count towards the degree
Provide added value to employers in the form of enhanced outcomes for the work projects undertaken by their employees during and post programme.
Why study BA Professional Practice in Visual Effects at Middlesex?
This course is a flexible work-based programme using an approach that develops both workplace and specialist skills. The specific approach to learning, teaching and assessment is negotiated with the learner and/or employer to meet individual professional and organisational development needs within
What will you study on the BA Professional Practice in Visual Effects degree?
The programme is designed to enable VFX practitioners to
develop a claim for recognition of their prior learning and thus to gain
academic credit that can count towards the bachelors degree up to 240 credits
at Level 4 and 5. Where claims for academic credit fall short of the maximum
240 credits, students will be required to undertake additional Negotiated WBL
Project modules to make up the credit deficit. The work produced for these
modules can focus on any area of VFX practice that students wish to develop
including specialist areas. The programme will be completed with the
development and realisation of a work-based project.
The main programme modules are:
Negotiated WBL Project (Professional Development Portfolio) – 15 credits at Level 6
Review of Learning – 15 credits at Level 6
Negotiated WBL Project (Visual Effects Professional Networks) – 20 credits at Level 6
How is the BA Professional Practice in Visual Effects degree taught?
The learning, teaching and
assessment strategies employed constitute a 'blended learning'
approach, with tutor-led individual and group workshops, presentations,
discussions, action learning groups delivered through face to face interactions
and/or distance learning technologies, including the University's virtual
What are the entry requirement for the BA Professional Practice in Visual Effects degree?
Current employment in the VFX industry as well as evidence of the likelihood of continuing employment while undertaking the programme
At least three years' experience of working in the visual effects industry and/or a relevant Level 5 qualification such as a foundation degree or HND in a relevant area
Competence in English, normally Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English language requirement for international students is IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components).