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Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Special Effects (Film/Video)

Course type


Course Summary


Digital effects (DFX) are everywhere – from Marvel blockbusters and immersive content, to commercials, television programmes, games and independent movies. This course gives students extensive, practical training on real sets, in a visual effects (VFX) and animation studio, and in cutting-edge grading and finishing suites.

DFX students are taught essential 2D and 3D VFX and Colour/Finishing techniques and will go on to specialise in either:

?Colour Grading and Finishing
VFX (Compositing)

DFX students will collaborate with those in other specialisms at the NFTS to make film, TV, games and practical projects, putting into practice the skills they learn throughout the course – with all production costs met by the School.


Take One painting is a crossspecialisation exercise in three distinct parts that allows for a collaborative approach to be taken on a practical film project for the first time on the DFX course.
For CG & optional for Compositing - Prosthetics and SFX Make-Up
Workshop 3: For Colour - HD Online Editing - Avid - Editing within the AVID editing application
Workshop 2b: For Colour - Colour Theory and Grading Techniques
Workshop 1: For CG & Compositing - Models/Miniatures and Motion Control

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.