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Visual Effects with Foundation Year, BA (Hons), University of West London

the United Kingdom

University of West London

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BA (Hons)Full-time4 yearsSeptemberGBP 9250GBP 11500

About Visual Effects with Foundation Year, BA (Hons) - at University of West London

Course summary

Based in London with close industry ties this course offers a generalist CGI grounding, while giving you the crucial ability to specialise in a particular area - something the industry increasingly requires. With its strong CGI focus, the course emphasises the importance of a solid grounding in art and design principles while teaching you to model, rig, animate and light in 3D.

Theoretical, practical and technical knowledge form the basis of an accumulated set of creative software skills that include: 

  • CGI foundations
  • VFX compositing
  • 3D matchmoving
  • motion tracking
  • matte painting
  • environment creation
  • rigging and creature effects
  • digital sculpture
  • dynamics and CGI lighting
  • visual development

Visual effects (VFX) are the processes whereby sequences for movies, commercials, television, games and other new media are created through digital techniques - live action is enhanced, augmented or replaced altogether. The use of VFX can save money and avoid dangerous or difficult live action filming but most of all it enables the impossible to happen. With VFX, imagination is the only limit. Think about mass battles in fantasy realms, exploding planets, interstellar travel, realistic yet mythical creatures, epic disasters, crowd scenes, historical and futuristic settings, car chases and extreme weather conditions. These, and much more, are the products of VFX.

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee£9,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee£11,500Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Current scholarships include:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

Notes about fees for this course

Fees for our 2017 courses have not yet been released.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

72 UCAS tariff points at Level 3, which would normally include at least two subject areas, plus GCSE English and Maths (A*-C).

We would like to see a portfolio of the work you have produced in the last 12 months. You can also show us earlier work if it is particularly relevant to your development, and represents a strong area of activity.

Applicants with no formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

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