Ways into the VFX industry
So, you want to work in the VFX industry?
Don't know where to start? Well, you're in the right place.
We can't guarantee you a job in VFX and there are no set routes in, but we can give you advice on the different options you have that can increase your chances of getting your foot in the door.
But before we start, this video might just whet your appetite some more:
What are your options when you leave school?
If you want to do a degree course, you need to know about the Creative Skillset Tick.
This is the quality mark that's awarded by industry to the degree courses that have the closest links with industry, that provide the highest level of industry-relevant education, and that offer the facilities that match what's being used in the industry.
For VFX, there's a number of Tick degree courses for you to have a look at and choose which one's right for you:
- Animation courses awarded the Creative Skillset Tick
- Games and interactive courses awarded the Creative Skillset Tick
Each course will be different and each will have its own entry requirements, so check these on the universities' websites - this will help you work out which course is right for you.
The Core Skills of VFX
You can also have a read of the Student Primer on pages 8-19 of this handbook which explains the skills and qualities you'll need to work in VFX:
What do VFX employers think of students who have been on courses with the Creative Skillset Tick? Good question! Find out the answer here:
Ready to look for your first job?
These apprenticeships and degree courses will help you stand out from the crowd. And you'll need to stand out from the crowd for employers to give you a chance to start your VFX industry career.
Advice from VFX employers
We've interviewed some VFX industry employers, asking them to give their advice on how you can get noticed, how to put together your showreel and what skills you will need.
If you've been on a Tick degree course or already have some VFX industry work experience, you could be eligible for a scheme we offer that offers trainee placements in the VFX industry: Trainee Finder.
Trainee Finder matches exceptional individuals to industry placements in VFX, film, TV, games and animation.
If you are chosen, the company will offer a training placement including a training allowance that will cover the cost of living. And placements can last anything from a few weeks up to several months.