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Compositing For VFX – Postgraduate Certificate

This course is perfect…

  • For anyone who already holds an Undergraduate degree (or the equivalent) qualification
  • If you’re serious about getting the skills for your first job as a Visual Effects artist
  • If you’re ready for intensive hands-on training in NUKE and self-directed research projects
  • For people who want to gain a vocational understanding of VFX alongside the theoretical
  • If you have a good grasp of the English language (IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent is required)
  • Want to find out more? Book a 1-2-1 with our admissions team now

Course Includes

  • Free online primer course before you start studying - so your foundation skills are up to speed
  • Access to our VLE system where you will be able to access additional resources to supplement your training throughout the duration of the course and 12 months of free access after completing the course.
  • Escapee Aftercare and career support.
  • Help and advice on your CV, showreel and job applications
  • Free Autodesk Software upon registration to the Autodesk Education Community - full details included with course welcome information

Course Details

London, UK
Full-time Mon – Fri, 10am - 5pm
22 Weeks
Start Dates:
  • February 23rd 2015 (Full)
  • May 22nd 2015
  • August 14th 2015
NUKE, Silhouette
Early Bird Discount:
Save £1,000 when you pay in full, 3 months before the course starts

A Postgraduate Qualification in Compositing


What is compositing? Well its visual effects for a start. Compositors are the masters of make-believe. Responsible for composing the final image in a VFX or motion picture sequence, this is how we create the illusion of reality. Without compositing, we’d be looking at the gaudy wires that support actors during action sequences or shots lacking atmosphere and composition. As a Compositor, you’re the person who makes sure the shot meets the artistic brief set by the Director. You naturally look at the finer detail, checking whether that ‘minute detail’ looks right in the scene - and if not, why not? This department is where the real magic happens through a variety of creative and technical processes; and it takes highly skilled, creative individuals to make it happen.

We've teamed up with the University of Bradford to create a course that goes beyond even our regular compositing courses. Combining the exceptional level of Escape tuition with a fully accredited formal Postgraduate qualification, that offers you the highest level of theoretical knowledge and practical, vocational training to help you secure your first job in the VFX industry.

During this 22 week course you will learn a range of complex compositing techniques and submit five assignments which will be reviewed by both your Escape tutors and the University of Bradford. For each assignment you will be required to produce a final piece of project work and a supporting report which documents your work. Throughout the course you’ll be asked to demonstrate advanced knowledge of 2D VFX production technologies and their use in a production environment. But don't worry, you'll receive all the training and knowledge you need from us here at our start of the art studios!

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a University of Bradford Postgraduate Certificate in Compositing, so if you’re looking for a course that offers you both the practical skills you need to secure a job in the industry and a formal university qualification, look no further. As with all our courses, you also have access to the legendary Escape Studios industry knowledge, connections and aftercare.

*Please note this course requires access to a 64 bit Operating system

The course consists of the following units

MA Credits


Unit title



3D Visual Effects Tools and Techniques



Compositing 1



Compositing 2



2D Visual Effects Tools and Techniques



Advanced Compositing for Visual Effects



Visual Effects Project



Visual Effects Production Project


Success stories

Simon Richardson

Compositing For VFX – Postgraduate Certificate

Simon Richardson

Earlier this month we were brimming with pride as we waved farewell to our in-house ‘2D genius’ and all-round helluva guy, Simon Richardson, who has moved onto pastures new as a Junior NUKE Artist...

COMPANY: Junior NUKE Artist at The Mill

FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” Gladiator

BEST PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON: It’s hard to pick just one; every project has its own merits and challenges. The Heineken ‘Bond’ music video was pretty cool—we got to work on lots of advanced stuff like bluescreen keying, and it was exciting to be part of the buzz surrounding the James Bond franchise.

WHY VFX? When I first watched ‘The Matrix’, I was intrigued by bullet-time, and ended up building my own bullet-time rig as part of my dissertation at University. This led to my interest in post-production, and took me to Escape.

ABOUT: Starting out as an engineering student, Simon was keen for any opportunity to dabble in filmmaking. It was whilst utilising his University’s bullet-time rig that his interest in pursuing a career in the film industry was first sparked, leading him to study one of Escape’s Compositing classes in 2011. Much to our pleasure, he just couldn’t leave, taking up post as one of our esteemed Studio Assistants for over a year.

Always on hand to help out in our Compositing classes, Simon was a true asset to Escape Studios, contributing content for our free online tutorials, and at one point even stepping in to cover one of our tutor’s evening classes. He also contributed a series of posts to the Escape blog, declaring his undying love for NUKE and sharing his wealth of knowledge on the program. Making the most of his 4-hour daily commute to the studio, Simon spent this time testing the portability of NUKE on his MacBook Air.

In terms of how his training at Escape has prepared him for his first VFX role, Simon says, “… it gave me the opportunity to really get to grips with the tools used in the industry, as well as the chance to develop my strengths as an artist, amongst a collective of like-minded individuals.”

ADVICE: Simon’s advice to anyone wanting to get into compositing is to “… try develop an understanding of how life is seen through the eyes of the camera, and to always study composition—even if it’s just going out for a walk and observing what is around you. But overall, the most important thing is a willingness to work hard.”

It brought a tear to the eye to see Simon leave, but everyone at Escape wishes him all the very best for the future—there’s no doubt he’ll make an invaluable addition to the team at The Mill. Huge congratulations to Simon as he steps ever closer towards the career he truly loves.

Peter Bartfay

Compositing For VFX – Postgraduate Certificate

Peter Bartfay

“I was amazed by the ability and creativity that people needed to work in this industry. It made me want to become one of them”

Stereoscopic or View-D Compositor - Prime Focus Film

“I was amazed by the ability and creativity that people needed to work in this industry. It made me want to become one of them”.

What do a Computing Mechanical Technician and an actor have in common? Ordinarily, not much, but for Peter Bartfay, they are two of his absolute passions.  He pursued both as career options until he decided that it was perhaps time to find some middle ground, and that’s when he heard about ‘Visual Effects’. Admittedly, he didn’t know much about it but was intrigued enough to want to find out more. Someone told him about Escape Studios and the next thing he knew he was reading about the success stories of former students on the website. Quite ironic then, that he should find himself on that very same website, in that very same success stories section just a few years later.

“From the day I read about those guys succeeding as composting and VFX Artists, I was 100% sure that this is what I wanted to do at Escape Studios”.  But it took Peter a while to get there. He worked in theatre, TV, Radio and somehow, in his spare time, he even managed to be an amateur filmmaker. “I am lucky that I had the opportunity to gain knowledge in pretty much in every sector of filmmaking.  Well, every sector apart from CG.  That was the bit that bothered me. I’d seen jaw-dropping mind-blowing spectacular films but had no idea how they were made. As I was researching the VFX industry, I became more and more amazed by the ability and creativity that people needed. It made me want to be one of them".

Studying Compositing
"What I couldn’t quite believe is that the classes do everything they talk about on the website. It’s not just a case of reading about it, you’re actually doing it. Mark Spevick (my tutor) has a ridiculously enormous amount of experience and is such a confident and inspiring teacher, he makes everything look easy. But trust me, it’s not! The work is difficult and complicated and requires lots of concentration. Obviously to be able to get my foot in the door, I had to go the extra mile and had to put long hours into my study and project”.

"But the hard work paid off. I met up with the Recruitment Team when I was still attending classes, and they explained that I needed to get my showreel finished. Before I knew it I was having an interview for a job! I really didn’t expect to be working so quickly but escapee’s have such a great reputation they are very employable as soon as they’ve finished a course. I was really scared I wouldn’t know what to do when I got there, but Escape really does prepare you for the industry. Once I got stuck in, I knew exactly what to do".

Well done Peter – with your hard work, we’re glad we helped you get to where you wanted to be.

Open Days

Open days

Our next open day will be at 9:30am on March 18th

At the Open Day you'll have the opportunity to see first-hand what happens at our studio based in London. You'll get he opportunity to meet the team, learn more about the courses we offer as well as take a peak in the studios and see what our students are currently working on. 

Join us at our London campus to:

  • Learn about the specialised jobs in VFX and Compositing
  • Understand the course options which suit you
  • Be a fly-on-the-wall in one of our classroom courses
  • Review successful student reels
  • Understand what skills you need to become studio-ready
  • Learn about student perks and soak up the atmosphere

Our Open Days sometimes feature guest industry speakers as well, so you can get a real insight into what life is like as a VFX Artist.


How to register for an Open Day

To book for an on campus Open Day simply fill out the form on the right hand side and our admissions team will be in touch to confirm your booking. You will also be sent more information about getting to Escape Studios and the programme for the day.

Get in touch

Feel free to email admissions@escapestudios.com if you have any other questions or would like more information about our Open Days.

Book a 1-2-1 advisory session 

If you'd prefer to speak to an Advisor direct about your training options, you can also attend our studios for a 1-2-1 with one of our friendly admissions team, just click here to Book a 1-2-1 session.

Register for an Online VLE Tour

If you are interested in studying with us online, why not register for the Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Tour. This short video will take you through how the VLE works and the resources, tutorials and webinars which our students have access to. Register for Online VLE Tour here and we shall send you a link to access this.  




If you are under 18 you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to an open day