October 2019


One Year


Course Fees
£9,500 per year


£16,950 per year


Module 1


Module 2


Module 3


Module 4


MA Visual Effects


The MA Visual Effects course is a response to the creative industries demand for nurturing enterprising creative talent in Visual Effects production. London is a world leader is this creative sector. The course has an emphasis on high- level practice, to nurture students’ technical skills and creativity, to enable them tobe leading practitioners in: effects animation, CGI, rotoscoping, compositing, VR and AR production related workflows. The aim is to advance and maturate graduates’ sensibilities in creative collaboration, and advanced skills in Visual Effects technologies.



Graduates are open to a range of routes and opportunities, across the creative sectors, including: feature film, broadcast, commercials, corporate, scientific visualisation, and emerging platforms.


Course Structure

The programme is one year in duration over three terms of study.


Entry Requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree, in a relevant field, or equivalent industry experience

  • International students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent

  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview

  • All applicants must submit a visual portfolio with their application. This could include a short film or a show-reel (both a maximum of 10 minutesin length)

  • This programme is subject to by the University of Gloucestershire. Therefore some aspects of the programme may change. Contact The School for more information.

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Course Timeline

The course starts by teaching the past, presentand future of VFX to give a thorough grounding in the sector, before moving on to equip you with the main skills, knowledge and processes required to create convincing VFX. This unit introduces you to the advanced technologies that make VFX possible and the processes behind digital image creation. You’ll explore technologies and processes by producing short-form animation across the VFX spectrum, to set briefs.

This module is a continuation of the Fundamentals learnings where you discover how technology becomes a tool for narrative advancement in visual story telling. It is also an opportunity to work across departments on projects with MA students in our other film disciplines.

In this unit, you’ll explore the methods, techniques and critical theories that underpin the conceptualisation and design of VR and AR experiences. You’ll explore the principles of animation, alongside film and games concept development and use these to develop strategies that help to establish the language and workflow of VR design.

You’ll take the knowledge, skills and experience from the first two phases of the course and bring this together in the production of a collaborative interdisciplinary or self-directed longer form project. You’ll produce an ambitious VFX project that will demonstrate your in-depth critical awareness of the subject area, as well as your practical skills in production management.


Merit Scholarship

Central Film School is pleased to reward academic excellence. We have a number of up to 50% merit scholarships for high-achieving students entering the following courses in 2018:

  • BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking
  • BA(Hons) Screenwriting
  • MA Directing Fiction

No application for scholarship required. Students will be automatically considered for the merit scholarship upon receiving an offer for the above courses and will be notified by the admissions team if successful. Successful students will then have 28 days in order to pay a £3000 advance tuition fee payment to secure the award. Limited availability- Scholarships issued on a first come, first served basis.  It should be noted that this discount applies to new students only and cannot be cumulated with any other the Central Film School scholarship.