BSc in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics

Brunel University London, United Kingdom

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Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 27,202

Course Accredited By

ScreenSkills

  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Our Visual Effects and Motion Graphics BSc degree is a modern, hands-on course that combines digital technology and creative design. It has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required by the visual effects and motion graphics sector within the entertainment and creative industries.
  • At Brunel, we combine a study of visual effects with motion graphics so you can learn a wide range of creative and technical skills required to produce high-quality visual assets and artefacts for film, TV, the Web, games and other creative outlets. You’ll study VFX acquisition, motion design, CGI, digital graphic design, digital photography and video. You will then progress to producing more complex post-production assets and artefacts involving compositing, advanced CGI, 3D animation, media aesthetics, motion graphics and mixed reality. In your final year, you can choose from modules in advanced digital graphics and motion design and advanced 3D animation with additional options in digital experiences and creative technology design.
  • Professional and transferable skills required for working in the creative digital industries are developed throughout each year of the course. 
  • Our modern, industry standard digital media facilities include a green screen and post-production studio, motion capture, sound and photography studios, 4K digital cinema cameras, and a dedicated render farm. You will have independent access to exclusive PC and Mac computing laboratories and benefit from the latest industry standard specialist software for graphics and image/video editing, 3D animation, digital compositing and high-quality asset creation. There's also the opportunity for you to use our immersive virtual environment laboratory. This includes an immersive dome (planetarium) set up for Brunel by the National Space Centre in Leicester, and is one of only a few in the UK! 
  • There are guest lectures covering lots of different digital media topics and the visiting lecturers provide industry insight and advice on how to structure your portfolio and showreels. Speakers include creative and design directors, motion graphics professionals, 3D graphic supervisors, and VFX specialists and generalists.
  • Visits are arranged to TV and photography studios, and post-production houses. There’s also the opportunity to go to conferences and this is your chance to build networks with key industry experts. In addition, you have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London for trips to exhibitions celebrating the creative industries.
  • The course can be studied full-time over three years, or four years with a placement year. We encourage the placement year option. This time in industry helps you to further prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. If you decide to go on a digital media placement year, you will have the opportunity of working in the ever-growing creative industries.
  • The end-of-year highlight is the BrunelDigital degree show hosted on Brunel’s one London campus. Exhibiting your creative work at this event is a great way for you to connect with leading creative technologists and showcase your talent.
  • Brunel’s visual effects and motion graphics course is fully accredited and industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries. It carries the ScreenSkills Select quality mark which indicates that it is best suited to prepare you for a career in the screen industries. An added benefit as a student on this ScreenSkills endorsed course, is that you're eligible to apply for a Royal Television Society (RTS) bursary.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB. (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in any subject. 
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, AND an A-Level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-Levels grade BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required, to include Maths and English Language.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 79 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • From day one, you will start building a strong portfolio of your creative work ready for industry. The course is focused primarily on interactive practical skills supported by subject knowledge, theory, and live project briefs provided by our industry collaborators. In your final year, you will work on your individual major visual effects and motion graphics project which could involve the creation of a short 3D animation or film. 
  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • DX1600 - Foundations of Interactive Digital Media Development
  • DX1601 - Acquisition for VFX
  • DX1602 - 3D CGI Foundations
  • DX1603 - Introduction to Professional Practice in the Creative Industries
  • DX1604 - Video Production and Digital Photography
  • DX1701 - Digital Graphic Design
  • DX1702 - Creativity for Digital Media Design
  • DX1703 - Introduction to Motion Design

Year 2
Compulsory

  • DX2602 - 3D Animation
  • DX2603 - Motion Graphics Design
  • DX2604 - Applied Media Aesthetics
  • DX2605 - Motion Graphics Applications
  • DX2606 - Programming for the Moving Image
  • DX2607 - Immersive Mixed Reality Design
  • DX2700 - Visual Effects Compositing
  • DX2701 - Advanced 3D CGI

Year 3
Compulsory

  • DX3602 - Working in the Digital Creative Industries
  • DX3601 - Major Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Project

Optional

  • DX3603 - Digital Experiences
  • DX3604 - Advanced 3D Animation
  • DX3605 - Advanced Digital Graphics and Motion Design
  • DX3606 - Designing with Creative Technologies (Artificial Intelligence and Games)
  • UK
  • £9,250 full-time 
  • £1,385 placement year 
  • Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. 
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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