Visual Effects and Animation – BTEC Level 3

From 2D graphics to 3D modelling and animation techniques, this course will give you the essential skills necessary for a career as an animator or visual effects specialist working in games, film or TV post-production. If you have an eye for detail, an interest in graphics, animation, computer software packages and a vivid imagination, then this is the course for you.

What you’ll study

Term 1 - 2D Animation

Through a mixture of practical workshops and lectures you’ll learn to use sophisticated 2D graphics and animation packages in the creation of a wide and diverse selection of dynamic animated content. You’ll develop your skills in the operation of Adobe packages, in particular Photoshop, Illustrator and the animation After Effects and how to work between the applications seamlessly.

Term 2 - Film Title Sequences

Throughout this term you’ll develop your skills in camera and audio technology and the capturing of creative video content for use in visual effects sequences. Using your animation skills and combining them with cinematography and green screen technology,  you’ll plan for and shoot the required elements for your own short film.

Term 3 - Stop Motion Animation & Graphic Narrative

Learn the magic behind stop-motion animation  production and explore the technology, software and hardware associated with its creation. You will explore a wide variety of mediums, forms and genres before creating your own stop-motion animation using the Dragon frame  stop motion software, detailed storyboards and innovative puppet design.

Term 4 - VFX Compositing

You’ll explore the role of the Visual effect compositor in the film and Television and games industry, understanding the scientific principles behind the process of combining multiple assets in one cohesive visual effects sequence. Utilising advanced techniques in green screen technology, colour manipulation and motion tracking you’ll combine video and 2D and 3D content into one seamless VFX shot of your own design.

Term 5 - 3D Modelling & Animation

Across this term You will develop your knowledge of sophisticated 3D modelling and animation techniques in the Maya software application and work towards the creation of a variety of 3D assets for visual effects. You will explore a wide variety of modelling techniques in the creation of animated 3D creatures, technology and architecture for use in advanced VFX compositions. You’ll apply your newly found skills in the creation of an animated 3D asset and will explore advanced render and compositing techniques.

Term 6 - Final Major Project and Working Freelance

Using everything you’ve learned over two years, you’ll produce your final major project. This will be a larger project managed VFX project that allows you to showcase a mixture of your abilities and show off the area of the post-production industry that you wish to pursue.  Along with a final show reel, this project will support you towards a Foundation Degree in Visual Effects or straight into your career in the VFX and post-production industries.

Our campus

We’re developing our campus to make sure you’re studying in the best facilities with the latest industry-standard equipment – find out more about our campus developments – including a brand new home for music & events at the Contemporary Music Hub, the new TV & Film facilities at Space2 and our £9.1m Digital Media space – the Digital Media Hub.

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Industry Week

As a Confetti student, you will also take part in Confetti’s Industry Week where you’ll meet a range of professionals within your field of interest, as well as other areas of the creative industries.