Creative Media (Visual Effects)
Creative Media (Visual Effects) Higher National Diploma
APPLICATION FOR THIS COURSE IS VIA UCAS INSTITUTION CODE W66 COURSE CODE 12Q2.
This course follows the Pearson HND/HNC Diploma in Creative Media Production (Visual Effects) (RQF) (which will be the title of the final award given to students on this course). Computer animation is arguably the most successful application of digital technology in the creative sector. It provides an exciting, flexible medium for creating incredible films. It has revolutionised the world of special effects and is integral to the billion-dollar computer game industry. Interest in careers in 3D Modelling and Animation (especially as they apply to games) is high. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment. The course is designed to present opportunities to students to work with a range of techniques and technologies, producing work for a variety of clients and platforms. This approach allows students to experiment in several diverse sectors of the creative industries and informs crucial individual decisions regarding further training, education or employment. Students will develop an array of academic, practical and interpersonal skills and undertake a substantial work placement project in an aspect of the industry of their choice, and as a result of this and other industry related tasks, they will come into contact with and work with local employers.
- Subject specific delivery with specialist staff with industry experience
- Excellent facilities and learning environment
- Opportunities to gain valuable industry experience
Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/Extended Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with a minimum 48 UCAS points achieved. Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.
Applicants will be required to attend an interview and will be asked to provide a portfolio or artwork to demonstrate their ability to draw as this is will be a requirement of the course.
The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Creative Media Production is a qualification with a minimum of 120 credits of which 30 are mandatory core. The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Creative Media Production (QCF) is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits of which 65 are mandatory core.
Year 1 –
Mandatory Core Units: Individual Project (Pearson-set), Creative Media Industry, Professional Practice.
Specialist Units: Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Cultures, Visual Effects Practices, 3D Modelling.
Optional Units: Light and Sound, Principles of Animation
All units are 15 credits (total 120 credits)
Upon successful completion of year 1 full-time students can be awarded a stand-alone HNC.
Mandatory Core Units: Collaborative Project (Pearson-set), Personal Professional Development
Specialist Units: Advanced Visual Effects Studies (30 credits)
Optional Units: Advanced Rendering & Visualisation, Narrative, Advanced Animation, Advanced 3D Modelling
All units are 15 credits unless otherwise stated (total 240 credits)
(please note Specialist and Optional units may be subject to change)
How will I be assessed?
The course is predominantly assessed through the completion of assignment projects. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.
A key progression path is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Depending on the entry requirements of individual universities successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to top up to a range of degree level courses in related subject areas.
Career opportunities for students completing the HND 3D Modelliing and Animation course include a variety of roles within the creative industry: concept artist, freelance illustrator, 3D game artist, 3D film artist, 3D animator, compositor, digital painter, editing assistant (animation), lighting TD, matchmove artist, production assistant (animation), production designer (animation), roto artist, storyboard artist, storyboard assistant, layout artist, set designer, graphic designer, technical director, architectural illustrator, vfx artist, motion graphics artist.
Additional Course Costs Additional costs include £5 refundable HE Centre pass, a £10 College parking permit if applicable. *Note All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.
The course fees for all students for this course will be £5750 per annum for 2019/20. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website www.gov.uk/student-finance. For information and advice on course fees please contact Roz Osborne at email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01305 764733.
Additional Course Costs
Include a £20 College parking permit if applicable. *Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.