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Professional Practice in Visual Effects BA Honours

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January 2018
October 2018
Part-time via blended learning
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
See the Fees and funding tab to view January 2018 start fees
Course leader
Paula Nottingham

This course is now available in Clearing

The next start date for this course is January 2018. Begin year 2 in October 2018.

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.

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 and provides 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. It will centre around real-life projects undertaken in the workplace, enabling employers and individual practitioners to negotiate the specific focus of professional learning.

It will focus on your development, establishment and enhancement of professional practice and will facilitate the accreditation of (in-house or externally provided) professional training previously or concurrently undertaken so that this learning can count towards the degree. It will also provide added value to employers in the form of enhanced outcomes for the work projects undertaken by you, the employees, during and post programme.

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 the sector. It is ideal to those who wish to progress and gain a bachelors degree that recognises the professional learning achieved in VFX practice. You should 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.

What will you study on the BA Professional Practice in Visual Effects?

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
  • Negotiated WBL Project (Pre-Production Proposal) – 20 credits at Level 6
  • Negotiated WBL Project WBS 3730 (Professional Visual Effects Project) – 30 credits at Level 6.

How is the BA Professional Practice in Visual Effects 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 learning environment..

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

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