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MA Visual Effects Production (Compositing Route)

This course is perfect…

  • If you’re serious about getting the skills for your first job as a Visual Effects artist
  • If you’re ready to learn state of the art visual effects production technologies
  • For people who want to gain a vocational understanding of VFX alongside the theoretical
  • For people who want to learn the possibilities of the software and the VFX production process
  • If you have a good grasp of the English language (IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent is required)

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 after care 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
11 Months
Start Dates:
  • November 17th 2014
NUKE, Silhouette, Mari

An MA in Compositing

Please contact our Admissions team for more information on the course and how to apply.

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 MA 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 11 Month 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 MA 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.



MA Visual Effects Production (Compositing route)

- 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


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

Success stories

Open Days

Open days

Our open days often feature guest industry speakers, so you can get a real insight into what life is like as a VFX Artist. Watch this space for more information on when our next industry guest will be joining us and also when our next Open Days will be taking place.

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


- Next open day: 23/7/14 with Andre Dias

André Dias is a London based compositor with a background degree in Audiovisual & Multimedia. In 2011 he moved from Portugal to London to further develop his career by specialising in compositing on Escape Studios' 18 weeks course.

Online Virtual Learning Enviroment Tour

If you are thinking about studying Visual Effects online, then why not arrange for an Online VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) Tour?

The purpose of the Online VLE Tour is to demonstrate how students use our Unique VLE system to study 3D or Compositing for VFX online. If this is something you're interested in, fill out the form to the right and select 'online tour - any date' and we'll be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time. Alternatively call us on +44 (0) 207 348 1920 to schedule your Online Tour today. When selecting your dates and times please note we usually conduct tours Monday - Friday, from 10:00am - 5:00pm UK time (GMT).

Please email admissions@escapestudios.com if you need more information about our Open Day/Online Tours.