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Compositing for Visual Effects

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PG Cert Full-time

Suitable for International Students?

Not suitable for International Students

Award Tuition Fees Attendance Mode Length of Course
PG Cert
  • Home/EU and International - £12,475

(A small increase can be expected for the subsequent year)

Full-time 22 weeks
September, January or April

Course Introduction

What is compositing? Well it’s Visual Effects for a start. Compositors are the masters of make-believe. Responsible for composing the final image in a VFX or motion picture sequence, this is how we create the illusion of reality.

Without compositing, we’d be looking at the gaudy wires that support actors during action sequences or shots lacking atmosphere and composition. As a Compositor, you’re the person who makes sure the shot meets the artistic brief set by the Director. You naturally look at the finer detail, checking whether that ‘minute detail’ looks right in the scene - and if not, why not? This department is where the real magic happens through a variety of creative and technical processes; and it takes highly skilled, creative individuals to make it happen.

We’ve teamed up with the Escape Studios (external link) to create a course that offers you the theoretical knowledge as well as the practical vocational experience to secure your first job in the VFX industry.

During this 22 week course you will learn a range of complex compositing techniques and submit five assignments. For each assignment you will be required to produce a final piece of project work and a supporting report which documents the work you have done on the compositing project. Throughout the process you’ll be asked to demonstrate advanced knowledge of 2D VFX production technologies and their use in a production environment.

If you’re looking for a Compositing for VFX course that offers you the practical skills you need to secure a job in the industry, alongside a formal University qualification, look no further.

More information from Escape Studios on this course is available on the Escape Studios website (external link).

This PG Certificate is part of the MA Visual Effects Production course.

Course Syllabus

Modules: All Modules are Core (C)

This Certificate is made up of three modules, each of which is worth 20 credits.

60 Credits - 3 x (C) Modules:

  • Compositing 1(20 Credits) (C)
  • Compositing 2(20 Credits) (C)
  • 2D Tools and Techniques (20 Credits) (C)

Special Features

  • This programme of study is delivered by Escape Studios in collaboration with the Department of Creative Technology in the School of Computing, Informatics and Media. Escape Studios are certified trainers for Autodesk software and have been delivering training to the industry for eight years with great success and as such have considerable links with the visual effects industry.
  • The School of Computing, Informatics and Media has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in this field for some time, backed up by an international research programme in imaging, multimedia, computer animation, virtual reality, distributed virtual environments, visualisation, digital video, human-computer interaction, telecommunications, and artificial intelligence.
  • This collaboration therefore provides a unique environment combining Escape Studios’ industrial contacts and the School’s academic experience.

Entry Requirements

  • An Honours degree containing a significant component in the field of visual effects; OR
  • Equivalent industrial experience in the field of visual effects or a related area
  • Applicants will be expected to submit a portfolio of work to be assessed and attend an interview that will be carried out by members of the teaching team.

Escape Studios

Level of English Required

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

[Full information on our General English Language Requirements]

Career Opportunities

Some of our graduates have found work in web design, TV production, photography, multimedia development, graphic design and other aspects of digital media whilst others have gone on to set up their own companies or have gone into related fields such as marketing or public relations.

Contact Details

Cognate Course


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