Britain leads in the production of high quality visual effects for film.
The British film industry is hungry for new talent and our visual effects course is designed to feed it with highly skilled graduates of a professional standard. We’re lucky enough to have Europe’s leading visual effects company, Framestore, on our campus.
From working on huge blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy to winning Oscars for their work on Gravity, Framestore are taking British VFX to new heights. And they’re right next door.
What you'll study
Underpinned by training in traditional artistic techniques such as drawing, colour theory, perspective, photography and composition, you’ll learn what it takes to create your own feature film quality visual effects.
From dramatic depictions of impossible worlds to subtle enhancements of everyday reality, blending art and technology calls for practitioners who are technically skilled and aesthetically aware. We believe it is essential that these skills are developed in an integrated filmmaking environment.
You can download the full programme specification here.
Studying at AUB
What students are doing
Looking to find out more about what goes on on the course? You can browse our gallery of student work and take a look at some of the projects that current students have been working on.
Studios and Resources
The course shoots original material on a range of professional acquisition formats, ranging from Kodak celluloid film stock to the Arri Alexa digital cinematography camera – widely accepted as the industry standard for motion picture production.
Our 2D workflow uses Nuke for all compositing, and Maya/Zbrush and Arnold for 3D. Our colour pipeline is based on an industry model with customs LUTs to ensure accurate monitoring of colour in our fully calibrated VFX lab.
With an emphasis on photorealism, believability and integration, you will be taken through the process of designing and producing visual effects sequences to the highest possible level of professional scrutiny.
Our dedicated industry level workstations are top of the range and are supported by our render farm, fibre network and clustered storage.
Staff on the course
AUB has been producing talent for the film industry for years. Our lecturers know the industry inside out – many of them are working on high profile feature films whilst also teaching on the course.
Sarah von Fersen
Sarah became course leader of the BA (Hons) Visual Effects Design and Production course at AUB in June 2018 having worked as a visiting tutor on the course prior to this. She comes to the AUB direct from Vancouver, Canada where she worked in both education and the Visual Effects industry.Full profile
What Graduates are doing
Since the Harry Potter boom in the early 2000’s, alongside a recent influx of new releases from studios such as Disney and Marvel, the Film and VFX industry has expanded at an exponential rate. This has firmly established the UK as the leading country for high quality Visual Effects work and placed an unprecedented demand for fresh, highly trained graduate talent on the UK education system.
Since the course conception in 2015 we have successfully placed students at both Framestore and Industrial Light and Magic in fully paid positions, as part of the teams creating VFX for movies such as Dr Strange and Transformers.
Our Careers and Employability Service is dedicated to supporting you in turning your creativity into a great career. You can read more about this here.
Your Interview and Portfolio
If you meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you for an interview and ask you to bring your portfolio with you. Above all, we want to see what you’re capable of and how important VFX is to you as a career. You can download our portfolio guidelines for BA (Hons) Visual Effects Design & Production to help you prepare.
Please note: the UniStats scores are not representative of this course. They have been aggregated by UniStats from data relating to similar courses in the creative arts sector.