Our Visual Effects and Motion Graphics BSc degree is a modern, hands-on course that combines digital technology and creative design. It has been developed to equip you with the theory and practical skills required by the visual effects and motion graphics sector within the entertainment and creative industries.
At Brunel, we combine a study of visual effects with motion graphics so you can learn about a wide range of subjects spanning animation, storytelling, VFX acquisition, motion design, CGI, digital graphic design, immersive mixed reality, and digital photography and video. You’ll create contemporary motion graphics, visual effects and 3D for film, digital TV, mobile, web, games and other creative outlets. In your final year, you can choose from modules in advanced digital graphics and motion design, and advanced 3D animation with additional options in digital experiences and creative technology design.
Our modern digital media production facilities include a VFX green screen studio, motion capture, sound and photographic studios, 4K digital cinema cameras, and a dedicated render farm. You will have independent access to exclusive PC and Mac computing laboratories and benefit from the latest industry standard specialist software for graphic design and image/video editing, 3D animation, digital compositing, and rich interactive content creation. There's also the opportunity for you to use our immersive virtual environment laboratory. This includes an immersive dome (planetarium) set up for Brunel by the National Space Centre in Leicester, and is one of only a few in the UK!
There are guest lectures covering lots of different digital media topics and the visiting lecturers provide advice on how to structure your portfolio and showreels. Speakers include creative and design directors, user experience designers, 3D graphic supervisors, and mobile and web developers.
Visits are arranged to TV and photography studios, and post-production houses. There’s also the opportunity to go to conferences and this is your chance to build networks with key industry experts. In addition, you have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London for trips to exhibitions celebrating the creative industries.
Our BSc visual effects and motion graphics course can be studied full-time over three years, or four years with a placement year.
We encourage the placement year option. This time in industry helps you to further prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. If you decide to go on a digital media placement year, you will have the opportunity of working in the ever-growing creative industries.
The end-of-year highlight is the BrunelDigital degree show hosted on Brunel’s one London campus. Exhibiting your creative work at this event is a great way for you to connect with leading creative technologists and showcase your talent.