The UK is a creative hub for VFX, and here at Norwich University of the Arts we’ve had some of the biggest names in VFX come to meet our students.
Double Oscar winner Paul Franklin, Creative Director and Visual Effects Supervisor at Double Negative, Mark Ardington CG Lead on Oscar winning Ex Machina, Andrew Schlussel, Global Head of Training and Development at production and VFX company Moving Picture Company (MPC), Oscar winners for Jungle Book and Lighting and Look Development Technical Director Lorene Bettker, from BAFTA and Oscar award winning VFX studio Framestore have all visited the course in the last few years to talk to students about working in the VFX industry.
BA (Hons) VFX is a future looking course, which will help you to create the astounding visual effects worlds you’ve seen in Hollywood films, stunning TV and impactful creative commercials. You will be able to translate your imagination into believable 3D environments and work towards making the VFX imagery of tomorrow, whether that’s creating work for film, architectural visualisations, or new VR applications.
The course content has been guided by industry, with companies such as Double Negative, Framestore, MPC, Cinesite and ILM providing their insights through our special industry board. 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.
“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.”
BA (Hons) VFX, 2018.
BA (Hons) VFX 2017 showreel
Watch a selection of work by Year Two BA (Hons) VFX students. These are all examples of VFX being used to support storyworlds and enable the telling of exciting new stories. Some were produced in our special bootcamp before the 2017 summer break led by David Simpson.
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.
“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.”
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.
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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
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