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Spend time learning in the UK with our students for one or more terms with our Study Abroad courses.

Visual Effects (VFX)

Semester Study Abroad courses are for students and professionals who wish to spend time abroad, developing their creative skills and gaining credits towards their university degree, but don't necessarily want to spend 2-3 years in another country.

Course Information

Visual effects blends art and technology to create spectacular effects. It requires students who are both technically skilled and aesthetically aware. Our BA (Hons) Visual Effects (VFX) for Film and Television course has been devised with input from industry professionals, to develop an understanding of primary visual effects, compositing and animation technology and their application in a film production process. There is also a specific focus on traditional art and design skills to inform and enhance abilities as a VFX practitioner.

As a study abroad student you will study VFX in a very concise way, learning industry practices in a studio environment where the production process is celebrated. In order to cultivate these abilities, you will be challenged to explore a variety of drawing techniques complemented with high-level tuition in computer-generated production techniques closely linked to Visual Effects.

The course allows you to develop your approach to communicative storylines, paying attention to composition and narrative. It will build upon your knowledge and skills as you develop your confidence and vision.

You will experience a team-based production process that replicates industry best practice. Units of study throughout the year cover; concept development, on-set data acquisition, asset building, animation and compositing. The BA course is committed to high-quality production values and students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, using industry-standard hardware and software. You will learn through seminars, workshops, lectures and tutorials.

Course Details

Mode of study

Full time

1, 2 or 3 terms

Autumn Term Duration

1 Term

September - December

2 Terms

September - March

3 Terms

September - May

Spring Term Duration

1 Term

January - March

2 Terms

January - May

Contact Study Abroad on +44 1202 363824 or Skype: aub-studyabroad

Portfolios are required from all prospective candidates who wish to do a Semester Study Abroad course at the Arts University. The portfolio’s purpose is to show us how you communicate and translate ideas visually. Your portfolio will be reviewed by the course leader and a panel who will determine the most appropriate year of study in the course for each candidate.

Other types of programmes, such as bespoke courses are also available. For more information or to apply for a course contact us on +44 1202 363824 or email

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Study Abroad courses are for students and professionals who wish to spend time learning in the UK with our students for one or more terms
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