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Film and Television Production with Visual Effects MA

Film and Television Production with Visual Effects MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film / Video Production Television Programme Production After Effects (Animation Software) Special Effects (Film/Video) Adobe

Course type


Course Summary

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the skills council for the UK film, TV and video games industries. The accreditation means that our students learn the correct professional skills required by the industry. It gives access to various schemes, such as work placement opportunities with the BBC or ITV. Study, explore and practise contemporary film and television postproduction with a focus on creative aspects of visual effects. Learn a variety of postproduction techniques, including compositing, colour grading and conforming visual effects projects. Our course emphasises a high level of craft and creativity, combined with critical thought and collaboration. You'll gain scientific and technical training with hands-on experience of visual effects systems, programme creation and artistic decision-making. We'll teach you through a mix of workshops, lectures, screenings and masterclasses with leading academics and industry professionals. You'll use industry-standard facilities in a vibrant and supportive environment. You'll realise your own creative and technical projects and develop essential professional skills to pursue a career in industry. On this MA you can focus on production-orientated work. Alternatively you can focus on formal research into the technologies behind postproduction systems and apply for the MSc Film and Television Production with Visual Effects. Many of our graduates work in the industry, from film to television companies, and some of our graduates have gone on to research in industry or academia. The film and television industry is highly competitive and there is a constant demand for visual effects artists with a solid knowledge of current software and postproduction techniques. There's also demand for artists who possess a firm grasp of story and how technology can enhance the viewing experience. There's an increasing demand for researchers, in both industry and academia, who have a firm understanding of postproduction tools and how they can be applied to create the next generation of postproduction technologies.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module seeks to provide a formal inter-disciplinary structure in which students from all Film and Television Production course variants (e.g., Cinematography, Directing, Producing, Sound and Visual Effects) can explore methods and techniques related to their chosen specialisation by applying them to the production of film project based on a typical industry brief. It emphasises the importance of creative and technical collaboration for the effective management of the filmmaking process in terms of use of time, working with other personnel and problem solving. The objective is to develop students’ preproduction, production and postproduction skills through a hands-on exploration of film production that mimics a real-world scenario. The module aims to develop an awareness of professional production values and collaborative working practices through reflective learning.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have some experience of film, video or television production. This may have been gained through an undergraduate degree (typically awarded a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent), via professional practice or through a formal filmmaking society.