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MA Visual Effects Production (Compositing)

MA Visual Effects Production (Compositing)

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Full time | Escape Studios | 1 year | JAN

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Special Effects (Film/Video) After Effects (Animation Software) Adobe

Course type


Course Summary

Take your skills to the highest level and become the master of Compositing with our postgraduate course.

The MA Visual Effects Production (Compositing) programme is designed to give you both practical training and a globally recognised postgraduate qualification.

You’ll study at our state of the art studios for 18 weeks, learning how to use 2D tools, exploring stereoscopic compositing and understanding how 2D and 3D VFX integrate. The remainder of the course is working on two major projects, where you will apply the techniques you have learnt to a brief. You will receive regular contact with your tutors and have two great resources that will act as a visual CV for future employers.

Studios are crying out for skilled Compositors. We will help you stand out from the crowd with a Masters qualification validated by the University of Kent, a portfolio of advanced work and the technical skills you need to get hired.

Our talented compositing tutors have worked within the industry so you get to learn from the inside out! Plus, we work with industry professionals on all of our postgraduate courses so you'll hear directly from someone who's working in the industry and get feedback on your work from a pro.

*Please note that our courses will be starting in September regardless of the COVID situation- whilst conforming to government guidelines. We will be delivering our courses online and we intend to resume face-to-face teaching as soon as we are able to do so without the need for social distancing measures, and in line with government guidance.

Why choose this course

This course is hands-on. You’ll be in the studio, working on high-spec hardware to master 2D skills. We have no more than 13 students in a class so you’ll get plenty of 1-2-1 time with your tutor.

Experienced tutors. You can’t teach what you don’t know, so that’s why we employ the best. All of our tutors have worked in the industry, plus you’ll have industry feedback sessions. Top studios including The Mill, DNEG, Industrial Light & Magic and Rushes partnered with us for previous compositing courses.

There’s high demand for skilled compositors and we can help you connect with studios and find roles. Escape Studios is well regarded in the industry and you’ll become part of our creative, vibrant, well-connected and global community of Escapees.
AfterCare to help you get hired. Our alumni AfterCare package will help you polish your showreel and find the right job - with access to showreel clinics, studio access for 12 months and use of tons of resources on our VLE.

You'll study in an environment that mirrors industry standards from day one, to give you a true taste of life in the workplace.

You'll graduate with a globally recognised MA qualification from the University of Kent. Known as the UK’s European University, the University of Kent is ranked 23rd in The Guardian University Guide 2017.

Where will this get me?

Compositors are the masters of make-believe, responsible for creating the illusion of reality. They compose the final image in a VFX or motion picture sequence, creating VFX that make the impossible, possible!

Compositors often start out as rotoscope artists or in junior roles, but can rise to become mid-level, then senior compositors and compositing supervisors. From here the path is open to becoming a VFX supervisor.

Our MA Visual Effects production (Compositing) students have been successful, with two of our students accepted onto Industrial Light & Magic’s (ILM) Graduate programme following their studies. Escapees from our compositing courses have gone on to work at companies including: ILM, Framestore, Cinesite, DNeg, MPC, Milk VFX, Sky, Electric Theatre Collective, JellyFish Pictures and Pixomondo.


In this module students will study the following topics: The Interface: Premultiplied Images, Transformations and Rotoscoping, Rig Removal Composites, Advanced Paint/Prep Work, Keying, Colour Correction and Grading.

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree in Art and Design, Architecture, Computing or Engineering-related subjects. We're also happy to consider applicants without a degree if you have significant industry experience in VFX or related fields. We'll ask suitable applicants to submit a creative portfolio and attend an interview.

University information

Escape Studios were established in 2002, and offer a range of postgraduate degrees in VFX, Games, Animation and Storyboarding and Previsualisation. With close connections to industry, their degrees have been designed and developed alongside creative professionals and the biggest studios. They produce courses which ensure students graduate with the skills required to progress in the industry. They offer postgraduate degrees in: 3D Visual...more

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