Our visual effects course gives you access to some of the best VFX facilities, studios and workshops in the country. Led by our team of experienced VFX professionals who’ve worked professionally on films including Avatar, Planet of the Apes and Happy Feet, you’ll learn the practical skills you need to succeed in the industry.
You’ll master the professional-standard software and equipment – and put your skills into practice with a variety of hands-on experiences. You’ll collaborate with students from our Film, TV Production and 3D Animation courses to see how visual effects plays a key role across a variety of platforms. You can also enhance your employability skills with a range of work placements opportunities. VFX graduates have gone on to secure roles as matchmove artists, rotoscope artists, modellers, texture artists, and junior compositors.
We’ve got some of the best facilities, studios and workshops available. You’ll learn to use professional-standard equipment in our digital media, VFX and motion capture studios, and have access to the latest computer hardware and software, including professional level graphics workstations.
During lock-down conditions students will be able to access school computers using remote desktop software from home. All you will need is a computer with an internet connection. Students without computers at home may borrow laptops from the university.
Our industry guest lecturers, networking opportunities, and client-designed briefs allow you to learn how to enter the field and work experience placements.
You’ll have the option to spend your third year building your hands-on experience as part of an industry placement. Students must seek out and secure their own placements. You’ll also receive credit that reflects your ability in the field to give you a competitive edge. Our VFX graduates have pursued exciting careers with television companies, broadcasting organisations, film studios, independent production houses, online streaming services and specialist VFX studios.
During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in visual effects means they understand how to best support you.
Experienced VFX graduates are highly sought by television companies, broadcasting organisations, film studios, independent production houses, online streaming services and specialist VFX studios – so you’ll be able to apply your specialist skills to a wide range of areas and career opportunities across a variety of platforms.
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Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Sergio has over six years in Feature Film VFX (Weta, Animal Logic) and 15 years as a Digital Media educator and freelancer. He has worked in Silicon Valley at a Cloud Technology company called GreenButton which was acquired by Microsoft. From one-on-one sessions to full courses, he has a solid background in developing and delivering curricula for universities and corporate clients from a variety of disciplines.
Visual Effects BA student (Erasmus student from Belgium)
I've always had a big interest in post production and I had done a lot of editing before I came to Middlesex, but I had never really done any VFX. Originally, I was planning to just study film abroad for one year like I had in Belgium, but then I noticed they also had a VFX course. The fact that there was a motion capture studio was definitely a big factor in my decision to choose Middlesex because it shows that there's not only the knowledge but also the equipment to teach VFX properly.
As I joined into the second year I had a lot to catch up on but with the help of the other students and my tutors, it all went smoothly and I never felt like I didn't have enough experience to do the assignments. I learned how to create a 3D model, how to create the most realistic water in 3D, and one of the most important things: how the VFX pipeline works.
I am quite proud of the compositing work I did throughout the year because that's also what I did in my free time. To be fair, I'm quite proud of most of the projects I worked on this year because I had no idea I would be able to do these things in this short amount of time. It all still feels a little bit like magic to me. I loved the freedom we had. My tutors would always give us multiple ways to do our projects, and it was up to us to pick the one that we liked the most and worked best for us.
Visual Effects BA student
I am originally from Lithuania, and applied to a number of universities in London. When I came to Middlesex, I enjoyed the vibe straightaway; the fact that you still have that student-community, the sense of a campus, but you are also so close to central London. I knew then and there that this was the university I wanted to study at. Being an international student, in the beginning I did struggle a bit, with English not being my first language, but everyone has been really accommodating. My tutors are extremely helpful and explain everything until they make sure I understand. Before coming to London, I looked at a couple of universities back home but they were lacking the facilities to put your ideas into practice. I enjoy the fact that Middlesex provides you with all the technical things and latest software you need for Visual Effects. The projects you get to work on are exciting and you don't feel that the assignments are just something you are required to do. You are really motivated and you get the opportunity to unlock your creativity. I have also got a job on the campus, working at the Loan store, and after a year here I have improved not only the skills related to my course but I am also more confident in my communications skills.
Visual Effects BA student
When I was first looking to apply to university, there weren't that many courses like this around. I decided to come here as this was a new course, more industry-relevant and the content seemed a lot more exciting. I am really happy with my choice and it would be hard to pick what I enjoy the most about the course. My background was in something different, so everything was completely new for me. At first, I was a bit scared because I thought I wouldn’t really have the necessary skills but the tutors have been really helpful, and they teach you everything from scratch. I really enjoyed making my own digital creature, it was fun and rewarding to be able to do something like that.
Visual Effects BA student
I chose Middlesex because it’s in London which is home to VFX industry and the whole Film/Media Industry. Because of its location, it is one of the best places you could go and have the opportunity to get work experience during your studies. During the course, you learn a wide range of aspects of visual effects and you also have a lot of freedom in focusing on what you are interested in and what you want to learn. That’s what I like the most about it, that you are not set on only one path, you are introduced to multiple ones so that you can choose what you are most passionate about.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: September 2023, EU/International induction: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start: October 2023, EU/International induction: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, Usually 6 years part-time