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Visual Effects (VFX) BSc (Hons)

Visual Effects (VFX) BSc (Hons) is an industry-focused course which provides you with the skills needed to gain a professional role in special effects for video and film.




Visual Effects (VFX) BSc (Hons) is an industry-focused course which provides you with the skills needed to gain a professional role in special effects for video and film.

Reasons to study Visual Effects (VFX) at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • 97.3% of DMU graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Multi-million pound specialist facilities
    Our Creative Technology Studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of computer-generated imagery, and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast network
  • Work placement opportunities
    You will be supported by our Placements Team to apply for work experience; in the past, we have placed Media students at several local, national and international companies, including the BBC 
  • Award winning student group, Demon Media
    Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the Demon Media group, including; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website 
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.


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Audio and Recording Technology BSc (Hons)

Film Studies BA (Hons)

Media and Communication BA (Hons)

Media Production BSc (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W614

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W614

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.


How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.


Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2018 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First year

  • Image Capture and Processing
    This introductory module examines the basics of image capture using a range of stills and video production technologies. Students will learn filmmaking and photographic techniques, from recording initial assets to editing.
  • Foundation 3D
    This module examines the basics of 3D workflow and introduces students to platforms such as Maya.
  • VFX and Compositing Basics
    During this module students will learn how to use a range of software packages from Adobe Photoshop to After Effects. The module is designed to examine the fundamental basics of compositing still and moving images, text, and 3D content.
  • Critical Studies 1
    The first critical studies module explores the basic contextual dimensions of animation and VFX. Students will attend a series of lectures and workshops covering themes such as animation, the history of VFX, and film theory.

Second year

  • Video and Imaging Techniques
    During this modules, students will expand their knowledge of using still and moving images for the purposes of set extensions, using greenscreens, and creating mattes.
  • 3D Modelling and Animation
    The second 3D module explores creating characters for use in film and video productions. Students will develop their skills in Maya and learn how to integrate 3D assets with live-action footage.
  • Tracking Rigging and Compositing
    During this module students will explore the use of studio environments to prepare content for use during post production. The module will consider the tracking of objects, and the removal of rigs using programmes such as After Effects and Nuke.
  • Critical Studies 2
    The second critical studies module explores further critical dimensions of VFX. Students will attend a series of lectures and workshops to develop their underpinning knowledge of animation and VFX production.

Third year

  • Technology Project
    The third year technology project is a faculty-wide module, in which students will negotiate their own production brief and research agenda. Students will be expected to experiment with new techniques, or undertake professional quality work for collaborative clients.
  • Match-moving and MOCAP
    During this third year module, students will experiment with motion capture and the use of 3D content in live action footage. Motion capture will be used to map movements onto 3D characters, whereas, match-moving techniques will appropriately place 3D assets into existing footage.
  • Post-production for Video and Film
    In this final year module, students will use programmes such as Da Vinci Resolve to enhance the look and finish of film and video footage. Students will learn how to emulate different film stocks using Look Up Tables (LUT’s), and will develop unique aesthetic styles of their own.
  • Advanced 3D Modelling and Animation 
    In this concluding 3D module, students will focus on the creation of assets such as sets, architecture, and lighting for VFX. This module allows students to identify the wider application of 3D skills in the creative sector.

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, tutorials, group projects, practical workshops and self-directed study. Guest lectures from specialists working within the creative sector are organised throughout the year, and it is advisable that you attend as many of these sessions as possible. Critical sessions are delivered by a cross-faculty team of academic researchers in VFX, film, animation and the arts so students will benefit from a cross section of expertise specific to the area which is being studied in each module.

Assessment will take place via submitted coursework constituting production and pre-production work, through individual and group projects, peer review, written exploratory pieces, and submitted academic materials. You will present work in a variety of traditional and contemporary digital formats. 

You will normally attend 13-17 hours of timetabled sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 20-25 further hours per week of directed independent study and assignments as required.


Facilities and features

Creative Technology Studios

Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.

The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow.


Our VFX and media facilities include:

  • Over 20 High-Definition mixed media workstations, using the very latest industry-standard software such as 3Ds Max, Maya, Nuke, After Effects, and Da Vinci resolve
  • Fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display
  • Industry-standard video and audio production suites
  • Television studios with HD video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
  • Two fully-equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
  • A high-speed, high-definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer-generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media
  • The film studios provide students with multi-camera, blue screen and green screen studios facilities enabling you to create videos that take advantage of colour keying to merge video with computer graphics, stock video and still images


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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Graduates from this course could go on to roles such as compositors and matte painters, as well as wider media based roles such as colourists and finishers. During the final year most students will decide which area they wish to forge a career in and will begin to specialise in that field, some examples of this are in motion capture, set design, lighting and grading. Students will also have the opportunity to apply for one of our specialist Postgraduate courses if they wish to continue studying. We offer a diverse range of masters programmes to develop specific career paths in close partnership with industry, like our International Film Production, which is run in affiliation with Pinewood Studios



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.

They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.

DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.

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