Digital Visual Effects BA (Hons)

Digital Visual Effects BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    3D85; Short form: BA/DVE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2017

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Focusing on all aspects of digital post production, this new course is backed up with solid foundations in computer graphics, CGI and compositing techniques, underpinned by a clear understanding of visual literacy, narrative and design theory. You’ll develop a range of skills and become a creative problem solver, preparing you to work in any situation and come up with creative solutions. The course develops from a tutor led first year, where techniques are studied in detail, through to a more open final year where you’ll develop your particular areas of interest and a professional show-reel. This is supported throughout by live briefs and industry links to ensure that employability is embedded firmly within all aspects of the course.  


Entry Requirements

104 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 104 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

The course offers a highly practical introduction to digital visual effects backed up by a strong theoretical underpinning. Early on you’ll be given the core skills needed across the subject. As the course progresses you are encouraged to specialise and are given increasing opportunities to work on live, real world briefs.

Year 1

  • Creative Thinking
  • Graphics 1
  • Connections
  • Video Production
  • Drawing for Games

Year 2

  • Post-Production
  • Programme Design & Production 
  • Digital Visual Effects
  • 3D Modelling for Games
  • Professional Practice

Year 3

  • Advanced Post Production 
  • Digital Visual Effects Live Briefs
  • Advanced Lighting

40 credits from these:

  • Motion Graphics
  • Single Project
  • Double Project

Further Information

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.

You will be taught by leaders in their field; staff include:

Ian Crook – Senior Lecturer – Course Leader, BA (Hons) Digital Visual Effects
Dr. Jim Ingham – Senior Lecturer - Course Co-Ordinator for New Media Design & Technology
Sarah Kennedy – Senior Lecturer – Course Leader, BA (Hons) Animation
Bev Bush – Senior Lecturer – Course Leader, BA (Hons) Games Design


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is based in the Media Factory, which houses an array of facilities, and gives you the chance to work with other film makers, performers and musicians.  In our state-of-the-art, £250,000 motion capture suite and Chroma-key stage, you will be able to capture performances to use in your films or to port directly, live to the digital TV studio next door. These facilities are industry standard and as such, users that specialise in this will develop employable skills and have the opportunity to crew the facility for outside organisations.

Fully networked PC and Mac suites with new hardware running the latest software.
Fully equipped sound stage and TV studios
State-of-the-art motion capture suite.
High spec video edit suites.

Assessment is through in module practical assignments usually supported by analytical documentation. There are also some in class computer based multiple choice tests in the earlier years. The final year projects consist of an extended exploration backed up by research and practical development.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.


You will have opportunities to work with industry specialists throughout the duration of the course. By the third year you will primarily be working on live briefs for outside clients.

Throughout the School there are multiple opportunities for overseas travel. Examples last year were multi-disciplinary groups who went to places such as Cyprus, Turkey, France, Italy, China and America where they were engaged in a variety of media projects.

Multiple entry points into the VFX industry. Typical graduate entry level positions are Rotoscope artists, Match Move and Track artists, Compositors.