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.
Entry requirements and course duration
Duration: 2 years
- 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
- An appreciation of and passion for the subject with a level of practical experience and/or a Level 2 qualification in the subject area
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.
What you’ll study
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After this course
Continue your journey with us, by doing a Foundation Degree in VFX Production Technology.
Alternatively, head straight into your career in a variety of roles, including 3D modeller for film, TV and games, concept artist for film and TV, motion graphics designer or animator.
Creative industries in the UK grew by 8.9% in 2014 – almost double the economy as a whole.
One in six of all UK graduate roles is now a creative job.
The creative industries are worth a whopping £84.1 billion to UK economy every year.