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3D for Visual Effects – Postgraduate Certificate

This course is perfect…

  • For anyone who already holds an Undergraduate degree (or the equivalent) qualification
  • If you’re serious about kick-starting your career in Visual Effects
  • If you’re ready for intensive hands-on training in Maya 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)
  • Try this course out with a one-day taster!

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

Location:
London, UK
Format:
Full-time Mon – Fri, 10am - 5pm
Duration:
22 Weeks
Start Dates:
  • September 29th 2014
  • January 14th 2015
  • April 16th 2015
Software:
Maya, Photoshop, Mudbox, 3D Equalizer, Nuke, Matchmover
Price:
£12,975
Early Bird Discount:
Save £1,000 when you pay in full, 3 months before the course starts

A Postgraduate Qualification in 3D Visual Effects

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Want to create mind-blowing effects, the kind that leave audiences in awe? Are you serious about kick-starting your career in visual effects? With our PG Cert qualification in 3D for visual effects you’ll learn how.

We've teamed up with the University of Bradford to create a course that goes beyond even our regular 3D for visual effects training programme. 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.

With 3D VFX you can create something out of nothing, making the impossible possible. From cinema to music videos and television production, visual effects are everywhere. Modeling, texturing, lighting, tracking and rendering - these are every 3D artists' mantra and are the skills you’ll learn on this course. Although, unlike our 12-week course, you’ll be asked to take this a step further and demonstrate advanced knowledge of 3D VFX production technologies and their use in a production environment.

During this 22 week course you will learn a range of complex 3D VFX 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 3D 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 state of the art studios!

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a University of Bradford Postgraduate Certificate in 3D visual effects. 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

MA Credits

Level

Unit title

20

7

3D Foundation

20

7

Visual Effects

20

7

3D Visual Effects Tools and Techniques

20

7

2D Visual Effects Tools and Techniques

20

7

Advanced 3D for Visual Effects

20

7

Visual Effects Project

60

7

Visual Effects Production Project

Success stories

Duarte Victorino

3D for Visual Effects – Postgraduate Certificate

Duarte Victorino

Actually entering into the VFX industry was a great surprise for me, and not something I had planned.

COMPANY: ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

FAVOURITE MOVIE ONE LINER: King Leonidas (300): "Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For tonight, we dine in hell!"

PROJECTS : To pick my favourite project is not an easy task, because honestly I take a lot of pride in all the projects that I do.

WHY VFX? Actually entering into the VFX industry was a great surprise for me, and not something I had planned. First, while studying Industrial Design in Portugal, I started using 3D for University work, mainly Product Visualization. While at University, opportunities arose to do some Architectural Visualization work and that's basically how I started in the CG Industry, but far from what I thought I would be doing a few years later.

When I finished University, I felt I wanted to dive deeper into the CG Industry but it was quite hard to do so in Portugal. At that time I had been to London quite a few times and it was a city I really enjoyed. I was already aware of Escape and it looked like the courses were pretty solid and the tutors quite experienced in several fields of the industry.

After a few emails back and forth I decided to join Escape Studios to do the 3D for VFX course. I must admit it was the best decision I could ever make. I've always been quite fascinated by the VFX part of the industry but before joining Escape I never really got into it. Escape showed me the way and allowed me to release the beast within...

To pick my favourite project is not anActually entering in the VFX industry was a great surprise for me, and not something I had planned. First, while studying Industrial Design in Portugal, I started using 3D for university work, mainly Product Visualization. While at university, opportunities arose to do some Architectural Visualization work and that's basically how I started in the CG Industry, but far from what I thought I would be doing a few years later.
As I finished university, I felt I wanted to dive deeper into the CG Industry but it was quite hard to do so in Portugal. At that time I had been to London quite a few times and it was a city that I really enjoyed, also I was already aware of Escape and It looked like the courses were pretty solid and the tutors quite experienced in several fields of the industry. 
After a few emails back and forth I decided to join Escape Studios to do the Visual Effects Course. I must admit it was the best decision I could ever made. I've always been quite fascinated by the VFX part of the industry but before joining Escape I never really got into to it. Escape showed me the way and allowed me to release the beast within...
easy task, because honestly I take a lot of pride in all the projects that I do.

ABOUT? Putting VFX aside, the things I like the most are photography, traveling and sports. What motivated me to come to ILM Singapore was not only the company itself (obviously!) but the possibility of traveling around the South East Asia. I must say, you can get the most awesome pictures around here. I'm quite a sports addict. I love tennis, football and any water sports, something that London didn’t cater for!

ADVICE:

1) Be passionate and take pride in what you do.
2) Learn to accept and grow from criticism.
3) Have goals and fight for them. Don't put limits in yourself.

Suraj Harrington-Odedra

3D for Visual Effects – Postgraduate Certificate

Suraj Harrington-Odedra

“Escape is brilliant. It’s just such a hub for this entire industry… they’re pretty well connected.”

Head of Maya Development, The Mill

“Escape is brilliant. It’s just such a hub for this entire industry… they’re pretty well connected.”

Fascinated by Pixar’s Toy Story back in 1995, Suraj Harrington-Odedra began to realise his ambitions for CG at the age of twelve. Fast forward six years, Suraj took his first steps in 3D by enrolling on an Animation degree at Swansea Metropolitan University. The degree taught him a lot, but he needed more, so the VFX Production course at Escape Studios seemed the perfect stepping-stone between university and working in the industry. And by Jove it was. On completing the then five month course in 2008, Suraj landed a job at The Mill and has never looked back. Over the past five years Suraj has made an incredibly quick transition from junior tracking artist to a senior position in their commercials 3D department. Over that time, Suraj earned himself the impressive title of Lead 3D Artist, and is now the Head of Maya Development.

“I remember thinking to myself… wait, this could be a career? That’s kind of awesome! Finishing my course at Escape, I immediately started at The Mill and was put to work on a job for Infiniti, which is an American brand of car. I was brought in to help with tracking, and over time I got quite good at it. However, having made a name for myself in this area, I got labelled as a tracker for the first year or so, and ended up spending most of my time tackling various difficult tracking jobs. After a while I had to put my hands up and say to the guys that I wanted to try something else.”

Life at The Mill

Luckily for Suraj he was working with a lovely group of people who completely understood his frustration and admitted to having taken advantage of his patience and his talent for tracking for far too long. During that fist year at The Mill, Suraj was co-leading a project for the commercials department, giving him the opportunity to dip his toe into other areas. This got him noticed by the rest of the team as being someone who was equally talented in a range of areas. As a result, Suraj was entrusted with many of the more technically demanding jobs, helping him to push himself that extra bit further, and getting him where he is today.

As Lead 3D Artist for the commercials department, Suraj was responsible for leading projects, laying out pipelines and generally figuring out the quickest and cheapest way to complete the job. One of the advantages to working somewhere like The Mill is the range of work that comes in and of course the fact that they have international facilities.

“The beauty of working in the commercials department is that you’re faced with a different problem to solve every week. It definitely kept me on my toes. The schedulers are all really sympathetic to the kind of work you want to do, because ultimately they know if you’re doing a project you want to do, then you’ll put your heart into it, and give it so much more.”

Over the past five years Suraj has undoubtedly ranked up an impressive list of credits, but here’s just a few of his proudest moments: Audi A8 Advanced State of Mind (the first major stereo job at The Mill - London), Muller’s Wonderful Stuff, Tetley's Reanimation, Wrigley’s 5 React Gum and Samsung’s Incredible Journey.

Have you been trying to imagine yourself in his shoes? What a great thought, that you too could work in an industry as dynamic and as fun as this. If you’ve had even the tiniest inclination to get into this line of work then maybe its time you got in touch with us. Escape could well be the start to your new career. Make sure to check out our courses and other success stories in more detail.

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: 6/8/14

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 Video 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 Virtual Tour' and then 'Online Tour - any date' and we'll be in touch with a link to our Online VLE Tour video.

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