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BA VFX overview

If you want to create effects for Hollywood blockbusters, visualise new cityscapes or worlds for the architecture and design industries or work at the edges of breakthrough science visualisation, BA (Hons) VFX will prepare you for a world where the art of VFX has grown into new areas.

This is a future looking course that will use real-world projects to develop your visualisation techniques and enable you to play your part in creating the media of tomorrow. You will create and manipulate photoreal 3D environments for a variety of innovative uses, becoming a VFX artist and digital world builder capable of taking your skills worldwide or working in the UK’s own fast developing VFX industry. It’s not just about using industrial standard software, you will also learn how to fool the eye through understanding lenses, colour and lighting and build your repertoire of digital art skills.

The course content has been guided by industry, with companies such as Double Negative, Framestore, MPC, Cinesite and George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic providing their insights. You will interact with some of these organisations during your studies with opportunities to attend guest presentations and work on live briefs. You will work using industry workflows as part of a production team, graduating with a VFX showreel to showcase your abilities to the world.

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Portrait of Fahim Fadzlishah in VFX studio at NUA

“I like the idea of fooling the eye. The idea of manipulating and creating visuals on screen really drives me. It’s inspiring to project my own ideas and interpretations.”

Fahim Fadzlishah
BA (Hons) VFX 2018.

Watch a video featuring MPC Compositor Josh Parks and Jonathan Jones of Ember Films who visited the VFX course at NUA.

NUA interview with Academy Award winning VFX artist

VFX Course Leader Saint Walker hosted a live stream Q&A with Academy Award winning VFX artist Mark Ardington to discuss his work whilst working as part of the Oscar winning VFX team on Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.
Mark explained how the body of the artificial intelligence Ava (Alicia Vikander) was planned and created and how the team achieved such startling results within a tight budget and time frame. Mark Ardington works at Double Negative, one of the leading companies who advise the NUA VFX course, and in June 2016 students paid a visit to their premises in London and heard about new films in the pipeline.



Documenting all the success stories to come out of NUA.

Watch a video about British excellence in VFX by Double Negative

“The BA VFX at NUA promises to bring together technology and creativity in new ways to ensure students have the skills and abilities for whatever the future VFX industry will throw at them.”

Ian Murphy
Compositing Academy Trainer, MPC

“It’s great to see NUA consulting the VFX industry about their new VFX degree course, and that they are looking to the future of the industry. As a VFX Supervisor who’s worked on a range of feature films I know how important it is to blend core art skills with technology to make great VFX work.”

Richard Bain, VFX Supervisor, work includes The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Jupiter Ascending (additional VFX supervisor), Les Misérables (visual effects supervisor), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (visual effects) 2010 Inception (compositor: Double Negative) amongst others.

Schools – what you need to know

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Saint Walker

Course Leader

Saint Walker

Saint Walker has been appointed as Course Leader of BA VFX. In his previous role as Head of Development at Creative Skillset he worked closely with top VFX companies like Framestore and Double Negative on a range of training issues. He was also co-author of The Core Skills of VFX Handbook, used nationally by universities and colleges to raise the standard of VFX skills. He has run VFX courses at the National Film and Television School and worked on the UK government’s Next Gen report that helped ensure its support for the UK’s VFX industry.

“With top grossing effects-heavy films such as the Harry Potter series, the Dark Knight trilogy, Gravity and the upcoming Interstellar utilising UK companies for visual effects, there is proven demand for VFX professionals in the UK film industry.”

Professor John Last
NUA Vice-Chancellor

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