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Creative Media Production and Technology (Digital Visual Effects) Level 3


The UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology - Digital Visual Effects course, is designed to develop the highly sought after design and production skills required for the rapidly evolving visual effects industry.


While developing the practical skills needed for a career within the industry, you will also learn how the VFX industry operates and what drives it through visits to studios and practical study.


The course will introduce you to the fundamentals of 3D modelling, animation and compositing as well as prepare you for the next step to university or employment.


The course enjoys close links with Double Negative Visual Effects, The Foundry, who support us, Skillset, Bournemouth University and The Arts University Bournemouth. These industry and academic partners play an important role in the success of the UK industry and are keen to develop the experience of learners at this early stage of their careers.


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 Exam Board: University of the Arts London (UAL)

Start date: SEPTEMBER


Search your university and career options if you study Creative Media Production and Technology (Digital Visual Effects) Level 3

 All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and technical programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course. An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.

Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

  • What will I study and learn?

    The course is made up of 13 units - 8 in year one and 5 in year two. All units are focused on developing your knowledge and skills within 3D as well as using industry standard compositing software. Every unit will involve drawing as well as photography as these are seen as key skills by the visual effects industry. The units will enable you to study particular areas in depth and, at the end of each year, a production project will give you the opportunity to investigate and display your knowledge of 3D animation, as well as to create visual effects sequences to industry-led briefs.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The courses consist of 18 units over two years. These are continually assessed through regular assignments and practical projects that will take the form of simulated work situations aimed at developing and testing your ability to solve problems, on your own and also by working in a team. You will also be required to carry out research work and give presentations. To progress to the second year, students must successfully complete all year 1 units.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will need to have a good eye for design and be interested in the technical side of interactive media.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English and Art at grade 4


    Level 2 qualification at Distinction/Merit plus GCSE English at grade 4.

    As the field of digital design is primarily visual, you must submit a portfolio of art and design work at interview.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The UAL Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology- Digital Visual effects is the first year of a nationally recognised qualification and is designed to prepare you for a career in the VFX industry. It offers progression the Extended Diploma also in VFX. Achievement of the Extended Diploma is required for application to Higher Education. You will gain an insight into the VFX industry and your potential career path.

    If you wish to get a job straight from college you might work in the film visual effects industry, animation, graphic or 3D design.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    There will also be some visits when students will be expected to pay their train fares and occasional optional trips abroad.

  • How do I apply for this course?

    To apply, please click on the Apply button at the top of the page.

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