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Media: VFX Production Level 3 Full Time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

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

Entry requirements

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


You will achieve

UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma Creative Media Production and Technology (VFX Pathway)

Course overview

One of the major skill shortages in the UK, VFX (Visual Effects) has become a cornerstone of the visual-creative industries and digital artists must demonstrate the ability to utilise the wide range of software, tools and technologies quickly and effectively at their disposal. Covering the foundation techniques, tools and technical concepts commonly used, this course provides students the opportunity to practically explore VFX production and assembly.

With emphasis on understanding the processes and practices of the ‘production pipeline’, students 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, students 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.

Course content

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.

As part of your course you will study the following units:

  • Motion Graphics
  • Mixed Reality Production
  • Unreal Engine
  • Virtual Set Design
  • Green Screen Production

You will be assessed on your practical work and coursework.


All equipment will be provided

SciTech Centre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

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

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.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Media: VFX Production Level 3 Full Time

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