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Content Creation and Production Visual Effects (VFX) Production T Level

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2024 and will be completed in two years.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including GCSE English and Maths
  • A genuine enthusiasm for media production


You will achieve

Level 3 T-Level in Creative Media Production and Technology (VFX Pathway)

Course overview

This course provides the opportunity to practically explore VFX production and assembly, covering the foundation techniques, tools and technical concepts commonly used.

With emphasis on understanding the processes and practices of the ‘production pipeline’, you will develop the skills necessary to undertake the key processes of VFX production, from asset sourcing or capture to compositing and quality control. On completion, you will have a thorough understanding of data structures and file formats, the ability to adhere to standardised workflows and industry pipelines, and the mastery of a range of software and techniques for producing VFX material.

You will gain an understanding of how the industry works, learning theoretically about audience demographics, codes and conventions. You will learn the latest techniques for producing exciting VFX content, with access to purpose built single and multi-camera facilities within the College, green screen and virtual reality productions.

You will develop skills in motion graphics, working with Unreal engine and virtual set creation as you undertake a range of roles. Throughout the course you will use your imagination to write, plan and produce media in a range of forms, all whilst working collaboratively in production teams.

Course content

The course gives you the opportunity to learn core principles of the media industry and essential theories, alongside developing your professional and technical skills. This will be balanced with practical work in our studios and creative classrooms to build further technical skills. You will get the chance to work in two forms of media including, but not limited to, moving/still image, audio and written word. This will allow you to specialise in your area of interest within the Content Creation and Production Visual Effects (VFX) Production Sector and study topics such as:

  • Plan, prepare, source and generate media assets
  • Assemble, edit and finalise media assets
  • Prepare, package and deliver edited media assets
  • Preserve media assets for future use/reversioning

The industrial placement is a fantastic part of the course where you will spend the equivalent of 315 hours over the 2 years working alongside industry professionals in the areas you are considering for future careers. The College has employers who fully support  T Levels and have committed to providing placements; we will support you throughout this entire process.

This course ensures you can rival all students with a unique blend of both academic and industry experience and a work placement giving you the real-world skills you require for future employment.

This specialist course will also allow you to develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as a number of transferable skills in communication (working with peers, clients and customers) and undertake research and live project development work.

Topics you will study include:

  • The creative economy; exploring the different roles within the industry
  • The individual in the creative industries: exploring the skills required in the industry
  • Cultural context and media language: Understanding the influence of different social, political, technological and economic factors on culture and creativity
  • Audience and consumer needs: Understanding audience and consumer needs and interests
  • Legislation and regulation requirements: Legal and regulatory requirements relating to – employment law
  • Professionalism and ethics:  An understanding of professional standards and conduct in the workplace
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion requirements: An understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion requirements
  • Research skills: Reliability and accuracy of sources, including an understanding of how to plan research
  • Project methodology and administration: Awareness of different project tools to manage projects including digital tools

You will be assessed on your practical work and coursework.


All equipment will be provided

SciTech Digital Innovation Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

You can progress onto university, employment and/or higher apprenticeships following successful completion this course.

See what careers are available in the Media sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

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Content Creation and Production Visual Effects (VFX) Production T Level

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