The VFX award is for applicants looking for a career in the film, post-production or games industries – although some graduates may move onto positions within architectural visualization, re-touching/advertising agencies or postgraduate study.
VFX is predominantly about ideas and concept generation for film or games, covering characters, vehicles, products, clothing, sets and environments – ultimately taking those ideas through to finished concept artwork or 3D models.
More than ever, the film and games industries need tangible, exciting plots/scenarios with characters, environments and props to match them. Students develop ideas sometimes as 2D artwork concepts, complemented by accurate 3D digital modelling, coupled with green screen/compositing techniques. Design methodology, concept origination, speculative design, visualization skills, life drawing, physical sketch and facsimile modelling provide traditional design skills.
Project work is undertaken individually or as part of a team. Our staff have good (and expanding) industrial links. Where possible they call on their research or commercial work to inform and shape the curriculum, resulting in more industry-savvy graduates.