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  • Qualification

    Dip HE - Diploma of Higher Education

  • Location

    Belfast Metropolitan College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Overview

Visual Effects and Motion Graphics/Animation is an exciting and expanding industry both locally and internationally. Completion of this course will enable further opportunities in Higher Education but primarily can lead to direct employment with local and international companies. Successful graduates have proceeded to work on exciting productions such as Game of Thrones, Captain Marvel, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and TV series Watchmen and Line of Duty.

The course prides itself on direct industry links and its core lecturing team of professionals who have come from or are currently practicing in industry. This will provide you with a combination of creative, technical and practical skills required to develop your core knowledge, understanding and abilities needed to work in the Visual Effects and Motion Graphics/Animation sector.

The Visual Effects course is primarily designed to prepare you for roles within the Animation, TV and Feature Film production pipeline with an emphasis on 3D skills and the future development of cutting edge Virtual Production techniques.

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed through project based assignments that primarily focus on the development of practical skills underpinned by essential theoretical research required to understand the processes involved. The course will be mainly practical with some theoretical modules. Students will also meet local industry professionals. This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability.

Career Prospects

The screen industries which include Visual Effects, Animation, Motion Graphics and Games Development is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Irish and UK economy. The skills developed on this course prepare students for numerous opportunities that include progression to University Degrees and various entry level career positions in the screen industries.

Previous students have gained entry into the second and third year of some degree programmes as well as being successful in securing internship positions locally which can lead to the various career prospects below:

  • Production Runner
  • Data Wrangler
  • Character/Creature Designer
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Environment Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Previs/Techvis Artist
  • 3D Modeller
  • 3D Texture Artist
  • Rigger
  • Animator
  • Motion Capture Technician
  • Lighting/Render Artist
  • Motionographer/Designer
  • 3D Generalist
  • Rotoscoping Artist
  • Match Move Artist
  • Compositor
  • VFX Supervisor
  • Technical Director
  • Technical Artist
  • Producer
  • Director

Tuition fees

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£ 2,765per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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QUALIFICATION TYPE

UCAS Points : 80

University information

Belfast Metropolitan College

  • Campus address

    Belfast Metropolitan College, 7 Queens Road, Belfast, Antrim, BT3 9DT, Northern Ireland

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