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Course Spotlight – BA (Hons) Visual Effects

The Futureworks BA (Hons) Visual Effects degree stands out as a hands-on, skills-based course designed specifically for those aspiring to a career in Visual Effects for film and TV, games, and other industries that incorporate digital Visual Effects into their operations.

Our tutors and staff, all of whom are active in the industry, bring their professional experience into the classroom; ensuring the programme goes beyond the theoretical, sharing practical knowledge and skills informed by industry practice and standards. The teaching methods include lectures, hands-on workshops, tutorial classes, studio sessions, and practical exercises covering a wide range of skills and techniques.

Visual Effects

So, why choose to study Visual Effects with Futureworks?

Firstly, we were the first Unreal Academic Partner in Manchester, and our VFX Degree, amongst others at Futureworks, has recently been awarded Silver Unreal Partner Status. Gaining this industry recognition demonstrates that we are committed to providing ongoing, high-quality educational opportunities with an experienced faculty using a proven curriculum and professional facilities. All of this culminates in positive student outcomes, leading to various personal growth and career objectives.

As well as being taught by seasoned industry professionals, you’ll develop skills using industry software such as Maya, Nuke, Unreal and ZBrush and learn within industry-applicable facilities located in Media City, Manchester, the northern hub for the UK entertainment industry. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of 3D VFX and 2D compositing and acquire knowledge, experience and the highly sought-after skills required for a creative career in visual effects.

Our industry partnerships and business connections offer you the chance to develop your soft skills and expand your professional network. You’ll have numerous opportunities to meet industry professionals through guest lectures, masterclasses, and other events. We’ll support you in building an impressive showreel and ensure you have significant career prospects when you graduate.

Whether your ambitions are to work in blockbuster movies or on multi-million-dollar video games, create VFX for commercials and TV, or specialise in VFX for architecture, medicine, the motor industry and more, our BA (Hons) Visual Effects degree will teach you all you need to succeed. Fusing over one hundred years of filmmaking and visual effects history with cutting-edge software skills, vocationally trained tutors and industry-standard facilities; we’ll teach you from the ground up providing you with the skills, knowledge and expertise required for a rewarding career in the visual effects industry.

Are you interested in learning more? If the Futureworks BA (Hons) Visual Effects degree is for you, visit the course page on our website. Here, you will find further information, entry requirements, and a comprehensive breakdown of the modules you’ll be taking during this career-focused three-year course.

You can also view student work and watch the VFX showreel in our VFX gallery

Image credits

Header Image: Louie Crick, BA (Hons) Visual Effects graduate
Image 1: Miguel Diaz, BA (Hons) Visual Effects graduate
Image 2: Chris Francis, BA (Hons) Visual Effects graduate