"London is the visual effects capital of the world. Films like Gravity, Inception and Harry Potter were all sent here for CGI treatment. If you want to get in to the industry, this is the place to study."John Cox, Visual Effects Technical Tutor
Studying our degree in Visual Effects puts you at the centre of the UK industry.
Our VFX facilities are some of the best in the country, giving students access to the professional-standard equipment and software you will need to master for a career in the industry. All students are encouraged to do industry placements during their degree and our close proximity to Soho puts three of the best VFX houses in the world within walking distance of each other.
Based in our Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, you will be part of our thriving creative community. Working alongside students from our highly successful Film, TV Production and 3D Animation courses will give you real production experience collaborating on student films.Opportunities from external clients are also presented to students to work on live briefs as part of their career development.
The course starts by teaching the past, present and future of visual effects to give a thorough grounding in the sector, before moving on to equip you with the main skills, knowledge and processes required to create stunning VFX.
In year one students learn about the VFX pipeline at the heart of effects production, the advanced technologies that make visual effects possible and the processes behind digital image creation.
Year two builds on these skills, opening the door to rendering and composition tools, procedural effects such as fire and tornadoes, and how to build digital creatures and characters. You will also study the context of VFX and the effect it has had on the film industry's production processes.
After year two there is the option of a placement year in industry. During the final year you write a dissertation, undertake a major project of your choosing and build the professional portfolio which will be your calling card for a career in the industry.
Build on your artistic skills from the first year to design, sculpt and detail a unique digital character. Using cutting edge techniques, you will learn how to make a production ready creature that fits in to the rest of the digital pipeline. Focus on rendering photorealistic skin, tracking your creation onto a real actor as digital make-up or use our motion capture studio to create incredibly realistic animation – the possibilities are endless.
Not every visual effect is digital, however. Real world "practical" effects still have a major part to play in the movies: there is no substitute for observing and making things in a physical form. As part of this module, you will use our 3D printers and manufacturing workshops to make a physical character design that could be used in live action filming.
Teaching is focused on project-based workshops supplemented by lectures and seminars so you can build a substantial portfolio of work while also developing a thorough understanding of the industry and art form. Our experienced technical tutors are on hand to help you master our suite of VFX hardware and software, and we also have lesson plans supplied by The Foundry.
The School of Media and Performing Arts' close industry links allow us to regularly invite guest lecturers to come and give visiting lectures so students can learn from and network with industry professionals.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Foundation Year in Media page.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).Middlesex also offers an intensive academic English course (pre-sessional)
that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
After you graduate you will be qualified to begin a range of positions in the industry. These include roles as a Matchmove Artist, Rotoscope Artist, Modeller, Texture Artist and Junior Compositor. Ultimately, you would be able to work your way up the ladder and become a Technical Director.
However, graduates experienced in VFX are highly sought by television companies, broadcasting organisations, film studios, independent production houses, online streaming services and specialist VFX studios – so you will be able to apply your specialist skills to a wide range of areas.
Traditionally, degrees in visual effects have left graduates without a wide enough skills base to progress from the specific roles listed above, which is why we have designed out degree specifically to provide students with a broad set of skills and experiences so they are able to turn their hand to all areas of the VFX pipeline.
The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Grove Building on campus in north London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of digital media equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest technologies and traditional tools.
Students receive extensive support from our technical tutors throughout their degrees so they can master the advanced equipment and software. For the BA Visual Effects degree, this includes:
You will also have access to our digital media workshops, featuring: