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University of Bolton

Special Effects for Film and Television

UCAS Code: W623

Bachelor of Design (with Honours) - BDes (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:9,M:36,P:0

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

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4.5 years | Part-time | 2018

Subject

Visual and audio effects

Help make movie magic and TV thrills! Our highly-practical Special Effects for Film and TV degree explores a wide range of specialist skills for the creation of physical and digital effects for film and TV. With fantastic facilities and industry-experienced staff, were dedicated to preparing you for a career bringing imagination to life.Television shows, films, music videos, commercials and theatre productions all rely on the magic of special effects to enhance their storytelling. Our BDes (Hons) Special Effects for Film and TV course is ideal if you wish to combine design creativity, physical model-making skills, special prosthetic make-up effects, and cutting-edge 2D and 3D computer modelling and prototyping in the creation of special effects for all these platforms.Our unique course has been created to allow you to explore and develop both design and problem solving skills and apply them to the art of creating special effects for film and television. Its designed to offer specialisation while still nurturing an understanding of the entire landscape of special effects.Large scale film and TV productions use both physical and digital effects, so our intensely practical approach allows you to gain hands-on experience of a broad range of special effects disciplines and techniques. Several elements of the course are delivered by industry practitioners. Our staff are very hands on, skilled, friendly and enthusiastic, prioritising one-to-one support and industry-focused development.

Modules

The course includes the following modules:

LEVEL 1:
Scholarship; 3D Physical Processes; Introduction to FX Modelmaking; Introduction to 3D CG; Introduction to CGI for Film and TV and Concepting & Composition of the Shot.

LEVEL 2:
Compulsory core modules: Employability & Entrepreneurial Skills; Advanced 3D Physical Processes; Multi Year Group FX Project 1; Portfolio Project and Visual Effects & Colour Correction.

Optional modules (choose one): History of Effects with Animatronics; History of Effects with Effects Make-up; History of Effects with Pyrotechnics OR History of Effects with Advanced Digital Sculpting.

LEVEL 3:
Research; Advanced FX Modelmaking; Multi Year Group FX Project 2; Bigature Modelmaking and Major Project.

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
£11,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bolton

Department:

Special Effects (inc VFX, Make-up and Model Making)

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.

63%
low
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

69%
Library resources
46%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

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.

£15,000
low
Average annual salary
78%
low
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Design 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.

£13k

£13k

£15k

£15k

£15k

£15k

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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