FdSc

Visual Effects Production Technology

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  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Confetti at Creative Quarter Campus
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: Two years, full-time

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Visual Effects (VFX) has become an integral part of the production process for film, television and advertising. This new course will give you the opportunity to explore the VFX industry for moving image products while developing the skills required of the VFX specialist. You'll explore the different areas through studio practice and academic research and study. By the end of the course you will have developed a strong portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations.

This course is taught at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham.

The course will give you the professional, creative and technical skills you'll need to work successfully within the international Visual Effects (VFX) industry while offering a broad range of work-based learning opportunities.

You'll have the chance to study the broadest range of disciplines including:

  • asset production
  • 3D and 2D animation
  • compositing
  • matte production
  • rigging and rig removal
  • digital sculpture
  • creature effects.

Key features

  • Explore the disciplines and processes of different roles within VFX and provide a vehicle to frame the territory of VFX skills.
  • Experience different roles and specialisms across the whole VFX industry.
  • Develop your own specific areas of expertise.
  • Develop your ability to work as part of a team in a creative and efficient way.
  • Meet industry professionals and learn their craft.
  • Work with relevant industry standard software and hardware.
  • Work to industry briefs to develop your experience in working with clients and to deadlines.
  • Take part in live projects and briefs.
  • In your final year, exhibit your work at the Confetti Degree Show.

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100% of our undergraduate students are satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey 2018).

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Degree Showcase Showreel - 2018
A showreel of work from our undergraduate degree-level students exhibiting at 2018’s showcase

What you'll study

Study this visual effects degree and you’ll explore the VFX industry for moving image products whilst developing the skills required of a VFX specialist.

  • Year One

    Asset Production for Visual Effects (VFX) (20 credit points)

    Learn about the range of assets available in VFX production; in particular you will develop an understanding of the relationship between photography and VFX.

    Creating 3D Content for VFX (40 credit points)

    An introduction to the main principles behind creating 3D content and how it integrates with other sources. The module also introduces the important notion of the virtual camera and how 3D software camera needs to match and replicate.

    Foundation in VFX Compositing and Matte Production (40 credit points)

    Developing your skills in 2D graphics while learning the basics of layering, masking, keying, notions of colour space, project set-ups and flexible, reusable templates.

    Matte Painting and Environments (20 credit points)

    3D Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has changed the matte painters’ job. This module will explore matte-painting and the role of the ‘environment’ technical team.

  • Final year

    3D Matchmoving and Rig Removal (20 credit points)

    Explore the application of camera movement within an image and the difference between object-tracking and camera-tracking. Develop skills in the creation of realistic and professional VFX sequences and learn the important process of rig-removal.

    Rigging, Digital Sculpture and Creature Effects (40 credit points)

    Broaden your modelling skills and learn how animators and modellers meet the technical needs of the project.

    Effects Animation (40 credit points)

    Learn how particle systems, structures, cloth, fluids and crowds move under the forces of physics and how VFX software is used to simulate complex behaviours and phenomena such as fires, breaking glass and fluids.

    Industry Practice (20 credit points)

    You will undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the course in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries

Explore the disciplines and processes of different roles within VFX and provide a vehicle to frame the territory of VFX skills

How you’re taught

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group tutorials
  • academic tutorials
  • workshops
  • presentations and pitches
  • visiting Industry professionals
  • teamwork
  • independent study.

Assessment

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • 3D development work
  • video sequence production
  • design and research tasks
  • case studies
  • portfolio work
  • reports and evaluations
  • lab reports
  • essays
  • visual and verbal presentations.

To progress through the course you must achieve 120 credit points each year. Your final degree mark will be based on your final year work.

Industry Week

You'll also take part in Confetti’s annual Industry Week where you’ll be able to meet a range of professionals within your field of interest as well as other areas of the creative industries. Past guests have included the likes of surreal animator Cyriak, motion and facial capture artist Rebecca Leybourne (Kingsman, Star Wars and The Avengers) and Aardman Animations (Shaun the Sheep).

Degree Show

In your final year you will exhibit your work as part of Confetti's Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across Confetti's courses and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to key influencers across the creative industries.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%), independent study (70%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%).

On this course you’ll be working on industry-standard software, such as NUKE – which has been used throughout the development of award-winning movies like Star Wars and The Avengers.

Careers and employability

Each case will be considered individually, but upon completion you’re automatically entitled to enter into the 3rd year of Confetti’s BSc (Hons) Visual Effects Production Technology to gain a full BSc qualification.

Employability is a key focus of this course, with modules including initiatives such as live projects and the opportunity to exhibit your work, to help enhance your future career.

This course will prepare you to work in creative industries in specialist technical roles, in areas such as feature films, television, and advertising.

You’ll also develop transferable skills for alternative careers in teaching, media, and freelance visual effects design.

Connecting with industry

Industry professionals will visit the course to guest lecture and share their experiences. Live projects will help you to gain real experience of the industry, make contacts, and build your portfolio and CV.

You will also take part in Confetti’s annual Industry Week where you will be able to meet a range of professionals within your field of interest as well as other areas of the creative industries.

Through the Confetti Media Group Head of Talent Development you will be offered a range of opportunities within the industry.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You will be actively encouraged and supported to undertake informal work experience and professional practice in addition to your studies.

Our teaching staff, including part-time lecturers who are professionally active, help and support students in directing them towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.

The course will give you the professional, creative and technical skills you’ll need to work successfully within the international VFX industry whilst offering a broad range of work-based learning opportunities.

The new OptiTrack Motion Capture Suite has been installed in the 37m² Green Screen studio at Confetti's Film and TV hub Space 2.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs - two at grade C, including English and Maths.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline, 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

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Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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