Special Effects for Film & Television - BDes (Hons) full-time

Why choose this course?

    Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you.

    • Dedicated studio space for physical effects

    • The only SFX degree course in the UK that offers this blend of subjects, aimed at enabling students to become professional practitioners within the fields of film, television and theatre

    • A one to one approach for all individual project work

    • Industry practitioners delivering specific skills-based modules in year 2

    • Good industry links in all areas of the course

    • Learn from leading special effects gurus, such as Visiting Professor, Neill Gorton.

    • Our Drama, Dance and Cinematics courses are joint 3rd in the UK for Teaching Quality (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)

    Course overview

    The only programme in the UK that delivers the range of skills required for progress into a variety of special effects positions within the film and television industry.

    Subjects are delivered both by academic staff and industry practitioners.

    The programme boasts a newly created, purpose designed physical effects studio, incorporating a casting and mould making area, studio space for project work, dedicated teaching space and a large infinity cove green screen.

    About the course

    This programme is for students who wish to combine design creativity, physical model making skills and cutting edge 2 and 3D computer modelling and prototyping in the creation of a variety of special effects for film, television and theatre.

    It offers a wide spectrum of opportunities in model design work, ranging from the highly accurate engineering approach of the product modeller, to the imaginative and inventive solutions of special effects designers/animators in advertising, film and TV.

    Although this programme focuses on the creation and use of physical assets, any modern large scale film or TV production will utilise both physical and digital effects. While you will specialise in your chosen area you will work across fields so that you develop an understanding of the overall production workflow and your contribution to it.

    You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials and a great deal of the teaching underpins academic theory as applied to real-life practical scenarios.

    Special features

    • The programme uses its strong industry links to great effect by bringing in guest speakers from industry, demonstrations of materials and processes from relevant companies, visits to trade events and the opportunity to be involved with graduate recruitment events.

    • You will benefit from our pyrotechnical, make-up and animatronics design expertise and be able to study specialist modules in these areas.

    • There are opportunities to attend European conferences and trade events.

    Award(s) BDes (Hons)
    CodeW623-D
    Mode of attendanceFull-time
    Duration(s)3 years
    Start date(s) 25/09/2017
    Entry requirements From September 2017, 104 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.

    You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and mathematics.

    You will be invited to attend an interview at which you will need to present a portfolio of your recent image-related or project-based work.

    The quality of the portfolio/interview is the primary basis on which applicants are selected; therefore special consideration will be given to applicants without the above qualifications who have a strong portfolio.

    If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.
    Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
    Location(s) University of Bolton:
    Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

    Programme Specification

    http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/CRT022-F-UOB-SX

    What you will learn

    The programme is made up of modules covering various aspects of designing and making models/sets and the use of digital compositing, animation and CG to create visual effects to be used in scenes within film, TV and commercials.

    Most of the coursework is project-based, and structured to simulate professional situations as much as possible. Starting with more directed, skills-based work, the student progresses to have increasing control over their own studies, ultimately proposing creative work which reflects their own strengths and interests.

    As well as developing visual ideas and practical skills, special effects artists have to be able to communicate verbally, and to be able to analyse and synthesise ideas in words. They have to be able to take an idea from a brief or script scene and analyse the most efficient way to execute the process in turning this vision into reality whether using live action practical effects or digital visual effects.

    Consequently, the programme includes an element of research, discussion, verbal presentation and written work.

    What you will study

    Level 1:

    Scholarship; 3D Physical Processes; Introduction to Visual Effects; Introduction to FX Modelmaking; Introduction to 3D CG; 3D CGI 2.

    Level 2:

    Employability and Entrepreneurial Skills; Advanced 3D Physical Processes; Multi Year Group FX Project; Portfolio; Visual Effects & Colour Correction;

    History of SFX/Animatronics/Make-up/Pyrotechnics.

    Level 3:

    Research; Advanced FX Modelmaking; Multi Year Group FX Project 2; Bigature Modelmaking; Major Project.

    Careers & professional development

    The programme equips students for business careers in the areas of film, commercials and television visual effects production. Graduates may also be employed in special effects production for stage and could also find employment in the many creative industries and entertainment industries rapidly developing in the UK.

    Students may undertake work placements ranging from 1 month to 12 months with a regional visual effects studio working on commercial projects and at the same time being supervised and mentored to deliver final end of year projects.

    There are opportunities to be involved with graduate recruitment events during the final year of your studies.

    Professional recognition

    Elements of the programme are BECTU recognised.

    Fees, funding and finance information

    Home/EU Fees


     
    Year of study
    Total
    Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
    2016/17 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
    2017/18   £9,000£9,000£9,000 £27,000
    More Home/EU Fee information

    International Fees


     
    Year of study
    Total
    Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
    2016/17 £11,250£11,250£11,250   £33,750
    2017/18   £12,000£12,000£12,000 £36,000
    More International Fee information

    No hidden extras

    We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

    • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

    • All mandatory site visits or field trips

    • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

    • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

    • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

    *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

    Additional learning opportunities and associated costs


    In addition to the course fees above, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies.

    Additional cost for some materials, depending on project work being undertaken; conferences and trade events also incur costs.

    Contact Us

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Richard McEvoy-Crompton (Programme Leader)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903064

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Simon Wiggins (Head of School of Creative Technologies)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903042

    For further information and details of how to apply please contact:

    Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

    http://www.bolton.ac.uk

    How to Apply

    You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

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    Course Overview

    Why choose this course?

      Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you.

      • Dedicated studio space for physical effects

      • The only SFX degree course in the UK that offers this blend of subjects, aimed at enabling students to become professional practitioners within the fields of film, television and theatre

      • A one to one approach for all individual project work

      • Industry practitioners delivering specific skills-based modules in year 2

      • Good industry links in all areas of the course

      • Learn from leading special effects gurus, such as Visiting Professor, Neill Gorton.

      • Our Drama, Dance and Cinematics courses are joint 3rd in the UK for Teaching Quality (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)

      Course overview

      The only programme in the UK that delivers the range of skills required for progress into a variety of special effects positions within the film and television industry.

      Subjects are delivered both by academic staff and industry practitioners.

      The programme boasts a newly created, purpose designed physical effects studio, incorporating a casting and mould making area, studio space for project work, dedicated teaching space and a large infinity cove green screen.

      About the course

      This programme is for students who wish to combine design creativity, physical model making skills and cutting edge 2 and 3D computer modelling and prototyping in the creation of a variety of special effects for film, television and theatre.

      It offers a wide spectrum of opportunities in model design work, ranging from the highly accurate engineering approach of the product modeller, to the imaginative and inventive solutions of special effects designers/animators in advertising, film and TV.

      Although this programme focuses on the creation and use of physical assets, any modern large scale film or TV production will utilise both physical and digital effects. While you will specialise in your chosen area you will work across fields so that you develop an understanding of the overall production workflow and your contribution to it.

      You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials and a great deal of the teaching underpins academic theory as applied to real-life practical scenarios.

      Special features

      • The programme uses its strong industry links to great effect by bringing in guest speakers from industry, demonstrations of materials and processes from relevant companies, visits to trade events and the opportunity to be involved with graduate recruitment events.

      • You will benefit from our pyrotechnical, make-up and animatronics design expertise and be able to study specialist modules in these areas.

      • There are opportunities to attend European conferences and trade events.

      Key Information

      Award(s) BDes (Hons)
      CodeW623-D
      Mode of attendanceFull-time
      Duration(s)3 years
      Start date(s) 25/09/2017
      Entry requirements From September 2017, 104 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.

      You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and mathematics.

      You will be invited to attend an interview at which you will need to present a portfolio of your recent image-related or project-based work.

      The quality of the portfolio/interview is the primary basis on which applicants are selected; therefore special consideration will be given to applicants without the above qualifications who have a strong portfolio.

      If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.
      Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
      Location(s) University of Bolton:
      Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

      Course Content

      Programme Specification

      http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/CRT022-F-UOB-SX

      What you will learn

      The programme is made up of modules covering various aspects of designing and making models/sets and the use of digital compositing, animation and CG to create visual effects to be used in scenes within film, TV and commercials.

      Most of the coursework is project-based, and structured to simulate professional situations as much as possible. Starting with more directed, skills-based work, the student progresses to have increasing control over their own studies, ultimately proposing creative work which reflects their own strengths and interests.

      As well as developing visual ideas and practical skills, special effects artists have to be able to communicate verbally, and to be able to analyse and synthesise ideas in words. They have to be able to take an idea from a brief or script scene and analyse the most efficient way to execute the process in turning this vision into reality whether using live action practical effects or digital visual effects.

      Consequently, the programme includes an element of research, discussion, verbal presentation and written work.

      What you will study

      Level 1:

      Scholarship; 3D Physical Processes; Introduction to Visual Effects; Introduction to FX Modelmaking; Introduction to 3D CG; 3D CGI 2.

      Level 2:

      Employability and Entrepreneurial Skills; Advanced 3D Physical Processes; Multi Year Group FX Project; Portfolio; Visual Effects & Colour Correction;

      History of SFX/Animatronics/Make-up/Pyrotechnics.

      Level 3:

      Research; Advanced FX Modelmaking; Multi Year Group FX Project 2; Bigature Modelmaking; Major Project.

      Careers

      Careers & professional development

      The programme equips students for business careers in the areas of film, commercials and television visual effects production. Graduates may also be employed in special effects production for stage and could also find employment in the many creative industries and entertainment industries rapidly developing in the UK.

      Students may undertake work placements ranging from 1 month to 12 months with a regional visual effects studio working on commercial projects and at the same time being supervised and mentored to deliver final end of year projects.

      There are opportunities to be involved with graduate recruitment events during the final year of your studies.

      Professional recognition

      Elements of the programme are BECTU recognised.

      Fees & Funding

      Fees, funding and finance information

      Home/EU Fees


       
      Year of study
      Total
      Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
      2016/17 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
      2017/18   £9,000£9,000£9,000 £27,000
      More Home/EU Fee information

      International Fees


       
      Year of study
      Total
      Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
      2016/17 £11,250£11,250£11,250   £33,750
      2017/18   £12,000£12,000£12,000 £36,000
      More International Fee information

      No hidden extras

      We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

      • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

      • All mandatory site visits or field trips

      • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

      • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

      • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

      *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

      Additional learning opportunities and associated costs


      In addition to the course fees above, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies.

      Additional cost for some materials, depending on project work being undertaken; conferences and trade events also incur costs.

      Contacts

      Contact Us

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Richard McEvoy-Crompton (Programme Leader)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903064

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Simon Wiggins (Head of School of Creative Technologies)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903042

      For further information and details of how to apply please contact:

      Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

      http://www.bolton.ac.uk

      How to Apply

      How to Apply

      You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.