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BA (Hons) Visual Effects and Post-Production (Film) (Progression Route)

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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


One year full-time. 

Typical Offer: 

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.

Course modules

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.

Dissertation: Film or TV Production (Mandatory)

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.

Final Project: VFX-Enhanced Production (Requisite)

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.

Asset Design and Creation for Final Project (Requisite)

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.

Industry-Preparation Portfolio (Requisite)

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.

Career opportunities

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


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a 
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information) 
  • International full-time tuition fee:  £14,598 p.a (inclusive of lab-based fee)

Further Information                                                       

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.

* 2023-24 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap

Entry requirements

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.