FdA Media Production (Visual Effects)*


Entry Requirements

The entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

- a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A Level)

- appropriate training through work

- English and maths at GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent).

We also invite you to attend for interview.

What's Involved

Exploring the principles of production workflow, you gain the confidence and understanding of practical aspects of media

creation. You undertake an historical exploration of media production, research the industry and understand the roles and

responsibilities, and key employment opportunities.

Research and written skills are developed in your chosen interests, giving you the time to experiment, apply and build on your knowledge to produce your final year project.

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* Subject to University approval

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Preparing the Narrative

You study all aspects of the production process with a focus on narrative exploration and its impact on visual effects. You are introduced to visual effects concepts, and working safely and ethically in the media industry.

Sound Design for Media Environments

You are introduced to the use of sound recording equipment and environments, and gain an insight into the technical aspects of audio equipment and the types of microphones that are used for recording sound. You produce a selection of sound recordings (10-12) for your portfolio using our sound studio and specialist equipment.

VFX Concept Art

You develop industry-standard knowledge and working practices in relation to VFX concept art. You produce an annotated

concept art portfolio, showcasing the skills developed in the module.

VFX Technical Art and Lighting

You learn about industry-standard pipelines within VFX, focusing on technical art practices and lighting. You study technical

understanding and personal skills so that you are able to make confident decisions in later projects, and practice a range of

practical and professional industry-standard skills in your chosen area of specialism.

Year 2 core modules

Investigation into Subject Specialism

You develop a deeper understanding of your own area of specialism using well-established theories and concepts. You learn how to identify, analyse and articulate principles and concepts while recognising competing perspectives. You consider, research and consolidate ideas for your project.

Self Promotion

You develop industry-standard knowledge and working practices in relation to self-promotion by completing a professional

portfolio of skills and specialisms. You focus on career development and how to promote yourself to find employment in the VFX industry.

Visual Effects

You develop a detailed knowledge of the world of visual effects and the practical skills needed to develop and construct them.

You gain insight into the technical aspects of visual effects and research the development of the genre. You explore a range of digital production techniques, enhancing your employability by developing your own skills to work across a broader range of multimedia environments.

Visual Effects Project

You develop industry-standard knowledge and working practices in relation to VFX 3D modelling, material generation and particle effects, and produce a 3D environment, fully textured with particle effects.

Modules offered may vary

Course Assessment Method

Where possible, assessments for all practical modules are in the form of productions. Academic modules and elements of

evaluation require written work.

What's Next

You develop the skills and knowledge to work within the visual effects industry. You may wish to undertake further study,

developing into adaptable and creative professionals with an established understanding of professional practice.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Course Information
Qualification Type:
Level: Level 5
Awarding Body: Teesside University
Academic Year: 22/23
Start Date: September 2022

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