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Solent University (Southampton)

Special Effects

UCAS Code: W614

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

In combination with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits overall with 45 Merit level credits and 15 at Pass.

In combination with other qualifications

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96-112

From at least 2 A levels, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD or equivalent qualification. Alternative entry on this course is available through the Foundation Year. We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.

In combination with other qualifications

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Visual and audio effects

Are you fascinated with special effects for the film, television and leisure industries? Solent University’s special effects degree will allow you to bring your own unique artistic vision to the screen and perfect your skills in model work, prosthetics and special effects.

This industry focused degree allows you to specialise in either animatronics and visual effects, and focuses on building a well-rounded portfolio of skills to complement each specialism.

You’ll also gain knowledge of the industry, ensuring you’re up-to-date with the latest specialist tools, principles and production processes that employers in the industry are looking for.

This course aims to provide students with the essential knowledge and specialist skills that employers in these industries will require.

Students have access to a variety of industry-standard software and hardware relating to the specialist skills pathway chosen.

Students specialising in animatronics have access to CAD, control and signal-writing and 3D-modelling software, as well as laser cutting technologies.

Students choosing to specialise in visual effects will have access to a variety of 3D software applications, together with digital compositing and photo-editing suites, including the full Adobe Creative Suite, with Photoshop, Premier and Aftereffects.

Modules

Year one: CORE UNITS *Character Design for SFX *SFX Props and Model-Making *Life Drawing *Computer Modelling *History of Special Effects. OPTIONS *Introduction to Animatronics *Stop-Motion. Year two: CORE UNITS *Digital Character *Analysing Special Effects Film and TV. OPTIONS *Computer-Aided Design *Digital Animation *Control and Signal Writing *Screenwriting Techniques *Prosthetics and Make-Up Effects *Visual Effects Cinematography *Animatronics Design *Video Technologies. Year three: CORE UNITS *Special Effects Pre-Production *Special Effects Professional Practice and Management *Dissertation *Special Effects Major Project. OPTIONS *Digital Portfolio *Freelancing at Solent Creatives *Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice *Curriculum Plus.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Media, Art and Technology School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
med
Visual and audio effects

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,238
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Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Visual and audio effects

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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