East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)
One year full-time.
240 credits from a Foundation degree (or equivalent).
This dynamic and exciting BA (Hons) Visual Effects and Post-Production degree programme provides a progression route to full Honours degree for students holding a Foundation degree in Visual Media Production (or similar post-production/visual FX level 5 qualification).
This course provides a detailed knowledge of the production context and an understanding of related disciplines that informs visual effects practice, emphasising the importance of complementary filming and visual compositing skills.
You will also explore cover particle effects such as fluid and fire, object dynamics, match lighting, crowd simulation, advanced keying and other techniques.
It is an exciting time to join the Visual Effects industry, with a shortage of skilled creatives in the CGI and VFX industries opening up many career paths.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to gain vital industry experience during your studies. Previous students have: set up a YouTube channel, submitted work to film festivals, worked part-time for a production company, worked directly for clients and set up their own companies.
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
This year-long module represents the culmination of students’ critical development on the course. It provides an opportunity for students to explore a chosen area of Film and TV Production. They design and carry out a sustained and coherent piece of independent research in an area of scholarship that they wish to pursue.
This module builds on students’ knowledge of the development and post-production processes in filmmaking and is concerned with the creative and practical processes involved in their realisation. Students have the choice to develop a short drama, documentary or experimental film which is to include high-quality VFX elements, the product can be based around film/TV/animation or CGI.
This module is the culmination of students’ conceptual, practical and creative development on the course. It provides an opportunity for students to design and generate ideas for the final major project and to conceptualise and form original objects and assets to be functionally realised within the Final Project.
This module provides an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge and skills that underpin their own creative, professional and personal self-development. This module prepares students for professional life after graduation and establishes the skills and resources needed to develop a sustainable practice and work in either a self-employed or employed capacity.
Visual Effects are central to almost all blockbuster films and television series, from the dragons of Game of Thrones to the gravitational lensing of the black hole in Interstellar. It is one of the fastest growing industry sectors, both in the UK and abroad.
There is currently a shortage of skilled creatives in the CGI and VFX industries, so once you gain your degree, the chances of employment in the industry are good – though getting on the first rung of the ladder can still be challenging.
Salaries can be high compared to production jobs like camera operators and producers where supply outstrips demand. Visual Effects graduates have a range of transferable skills that can be applied to many varied roles.
This is a vibrant and expanding industry to work in, and may take you across the world during your career.
Fees and finance
- Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
- Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
- Full-time International tuition fee: £14,598 p.a
At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.
If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.
240 credits (or above).
Applicants will be expected to have gained 240 credits through Foundation degree, Higher National Diploma, Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent.
Those applying from courses other than those offered at University of Suffolk at East Coast College may be required to attend a meeting with the course team to discuss the programme, its requirements and expectations.
Applications from those with technical/industry qualifications and with industry experience will be considered on an individual basis, in which case the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy will be applied.
All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.
Facilities and Resources
As an undergraduate we provide you with industry-standard software such as the full Adobe creative suite, specialist colour grading software and Node based VFX industry software all in our edit suites.
Based in studio one at the Great Yarmouth campus, you will have access to our large green screen production studio, used for shoots, skills workshops, masterclasses, and generating VFX assets. You will also have access to many edit and VFX workstations and the 5.1 surround sound production suite.
You are welcome to use our wide-ranging stock of equipment such as, 4K film cameras, DSLR cameras, lighting and audio equipment and grip gear including jib arms, shoulder mounts, steady cam rigs, gimbles and camera track.