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BA (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and Television

University of Hertfordshire

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Which industry sectors are covered by this course?

Visual Effects (VFX), 3D Animation,  Architectural Visualisation, Product Visualisation, Medical Visualisation and Previsualisation.

For which creative roles and professions will this course equip me?

Compositor, Visual Effects Artist, Particles and Effects Artist, Technical Director, 3D Generalist, Lighting Artist, Architectural Visualiser, Product Visualiser and Rigger.

What is the student’s journey through this course? 

The student begins with 3D modelling (hard surface/organic) texturing, lighting, rendering, character animation, rigging, digital painting, life drawing, photography, sound/film editing, creating realtime assets and working on a visual effects short film in a group, compositing and character design.

In the second year students learn advanced rigging, scripting, particle simulation, hard and soft surface simulation, training with lights and digital film cameras, rotoscoping, tracking, on set measurements, HDRI, cinematography, lighting, rendering, compositing, anatomy modelling and retopologisation and make a short group visual effects film.

In the third year students may collaborate with any of our degrees for their final major project, create pre-production artwork, learn branding, CV writing, networking, promotion, visit studios and create a showreel.

What kind of ties does this course have with industry?

The course has very close links with the Visual Effects industry. Students have been hired to work at all the major VFX houses in the UK including Industrial Light and Magic, Double Negative, Framestore, the Mill and MPC.

The course runs live projects in the second year with VFX companies which involve the students working on projects set by companies like Double Negative, The Mill and MPC amongst others. The majority of students find work as compositors, particles / simulation artists, and VFX generalists.

Graduates have worked on films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One, Gravity, Guardians of the Galaxy, Man of Steel, Skyfall, Doctor Who, Prometheus, Star Trek Beyond, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

What are the facilities like for this course?

One high end PC and WACOM tablet per student, Motion Capture Room, Greenscreen, Autodesk Maya, all Adobe software (Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, Illustrator etc), Foundry NukeX and Mari, ZBrush, Houdini, Autodesk Mudbox, Solid Angle Arnold Render, Canon 5D and Black Magic cameras, Renderfarm, 3D Printing, Chrome Balls and Macbeth Charts.

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