MA Visual effects , University of South Wales

University nameUniversity of South WalesDepartmentof South WalesCourse TitleVisual EffectsQualification, duration, modeMA 12FT 24PTFurther qualification detailsThis Postgraduate course is focused on developing the appropriate depth of skills and the centrality of teamwork for an industry that is becoming increasingly specialised with new roles and functions developing all the time.Months of entrySeptemberEntry requirementsA good Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or an appropriate professional qualification, or HND/HNC and appropriate experience. UK applicants will be interviewed with their portfolio. Part-time students are usually required to be practising professionals.Funding

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International student infoIn general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component. Please visit the country specific page on our international website, for exact details.Course description

What you will Study

This innovative course aims to provide the visual effects industry with graduates who are not only highly skilled, but also possess the practical, analytical, technological and problem solving skills to meet the complex and changing roles the visual effects industry requires.

Students will be required to work to a high level of professionalism and produce finished shots as close to industry standards as possible. They will receive professional industry lead lectures along with having access to guests speakers as various times throughout the course.

Our course content was developed jointly with various UK based visual effects houses, including Double Negative, Framestore, Cinesite, andMPC. We also work closely with Creative Skillset to ensure our students develop not only their own personal skills but also learn the state-of-the-art currently taking place in the visual effects industry.

We are active in helping the students develop and specialise in key areas as they progress through the course and also understand and teach the importance and necessity of soft skills such as teamwork and communication.

During the course students will cover a wide range of up-to-data skills and practices which break down into number of key modules cover both the fundamentals and more advanced skills in specific software and industry practices. These include:

  • Principals of Visual Effects
  • Acquisition for Visual Effects
  • Modelling and Look Development
  • Effects Animation
  • Matchmoving
  • Compositing

Learning and Teaching Methods

Studio and workshop tutorials are supplemented by visiting Visual Effects artists and practitioners lectures, seminars, discussion groups and presentations. All Staff are active in research, consultancy or employed within the Visual Effects Industry.

You will study in a professional, friendly and creative environment. All staff are active in research, consultancy, or employed within the VFXindustry. There is also a programme of industry-related guest lecturers.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The UK contributes a substantial amount of iconic and award-winning VFX work to the production of worldwide blockbusters, over the last few years these have included the likes of Gravity, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, Rush, and Iron Man 3. This course aims to create a new landscape of visual effects tuition, ensuring the industry’s voice is embedded at the heart of the curriculum to provide the students with the skills that leading visual effects companies require, as well as engaging with smaller but high-skilled broadcast and commercial work.

The University of South Wales’ MA Visual Effects course is delighted to be partners with both software manufactures, including The Foundry and Solid Angle, along with both local and national visual effects companies. During the duration of the course there will be opportunities for students to visit and interactive with industry professionals.

Course Fees:

International postgrad total450Average fees (EU)

£3300 FT research degree 08/09

£1100 PT research degree 08/08

Average fees (non-EU)

£10230 FT research degree 08/09

£2890 PT research degree 08/09

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