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Digital Effects
MA Digital Effects
MA Digital Effects

MA Digital Effects

  • ID:BU440133
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent

English Requirements

  • If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, speaking, listening and reading. 

Course Information

Become proficient in acquisition filming, 3D animation and 2D compositing, facilitating your understanding of the entire digital effects pipeline 

Explore toolsets such as dynamics, green screen, tracking and digital assets in order to push yourself and your work to the next level of visual success 

Undertake multiple projects both individually and alongside students from across the NCCA Master's courses 

Benefit from visiting speaker talks from industry specialists, including some of our successful alumni 

Create a substantial and original project in preparation for the end of year degree show attended by top industry recruiters 

Access industry-standard facilities including a new green screen and motion capture studio, as well as animation labs, equipped with industry-standard software Houdini and Nuke. 

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Core units

  • Digital Effects Tools: Technical and theoretical teaching for the Foundation Project unit. You'll be taught about the craft and tools of digital effects work, get an opportunity to judge your work so far and learn to record digital effects production.

  • Foundation Project: A highly structured and mediated production project ensures you will acquire a broad base of practical knowledge which you can develop and refine towards specialism in future work.  

  • Signature Shot: You'll produce a short piece of Digital Effects work showing your technical abilities to date. The unit offers a chance to merge your learnt skills, and to plan a specific technical direction to prepare you for your Masters Project.

  • Digital Effects Theory: This unit will provide you with advanced theoretical knowledge of Digital Effects production by considering the diverse interdisciplinary concepts permeating Digital Effects best practice.

  • Group Project: Gain a deeper understanding of digital effects disciplines and contribute to a significant piece of group work in terms of scope, design and aesthetic. You can work with students from across the NCCA Master's programmes, such as 3D animators and MSc Computer Animation and Visual Effects students.

  • Personal Inquiry: A tutorial-supported research unit. You'll get an opportunity to research areas that interest you that may be outside of the normal boundaries of the programme. You'll be assessed at a Research Symposium, where you'll present your research to students and staff.

  • Master's Project: The Master's Project unit has no teaching and is dedicated to your final project. We'll expect your project to be ambitious, with a high level of finish. You'll show a bold and confident approach to production management and the design and execution of Digital Effects. This is normally an individual project, but students are increasingly realising the benefits of working in a group to achieve an impressive final result. The programme ends with a degree show in London, if you pass your Project. This show gives you an opportunity to show your Project to industry professionals and potential employers, alongside friends, family and past graduates.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Digital Effects graduates are highly sought after in the industry. This is partly due to our level of teaching in this subject area, and partly from students' desire to listen, learn and progress.

Graduates have gone on to work for a variety of International VFX Companies including Double Negative (Inception), Digital Domain (Transformers, X-Men) and Sony Picture Image Works (Smurfs).

All information shown has been taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) or BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 624 ($) GBP per year

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