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Visual Effects Module Details

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First year

Image Capture and Processing
Will introduce you to the basics of image capture using stills and video production technologies. You will learn filmmaking and photographic techniques, from recording initial assets to editing, digitisation, compression and storage.

Foundation 3D
Examines the basics of 3D workflow and introduces you to key platforms such as Maya. 

Compositing Fundamentals
Examines the fundamental basics of compositing still and moving images, text, and 3D content. You will learn how to use software packages, such as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

VFX Industry Practice 1
Is designed to introduce you to a number of industry practices, jobs, responsibilities and concepts in Visual Effects (VFX). The module will analyse specific roles within the production pipeline, both in film and VFX.

Second year

Video and Imaging Techniques
Expands your knowledge of using still and moving images for set extensions, using greenscreens, and creating mattes.

3D Modelling and Animation
Explores how to create characters for film and video productions, develops your skills in using Maya and teaches you how to integrate 3D assets with live-action footage.

Tracking, Rig Removal, and Compositing
Explores the use of studio environments to prepare content for use during post-production. You will learn to track objects  and remove rigs using programmes such as After Effects and Nuke.

VFX Industry Practice 2
Explores detailed methods and concepts in Visual Effects. It concentrates on the breakdown of visual effects from script, through shot lists, element requirements and how to gather the information needed for the visual effects post-production.

Third year

Technology Project
Gives you the opportunity to negotiate your own production brief and research agenda. You will experiment with new techniques or produce work to a professional standard for collaborative clients. 

Match-moving and MOCAP
(MOCAP) gives you the opportunity to experiment with MOCAP and 3D content in live action footage. You will use MOCAP to map movements onto 3D characters and match-moving techniques to place 3D assets into existing footage.

Post-production for Video and Film
Examines techniques and issues associated with modern post-production, including digital compositing; computer-generated imagery; special effects; motion graphics and titles; and sound. You will use programmes such as Da Vinci Resolve to enhance the look and finish of film and video footage and learn to emulate film stocks using Look Up Tables to develop a unique aesthetic style of your own.

Set Design, Architecture and Environments 
Consolidates the skills you have developed throughout the course and introduces advanced 3D modelling and animation techniques for set design, architecture, and environments. You will also examine Photorealism, Advanced simulation and the integration of 3D and video in the VFX industry.