Full-time: 3 Years, Part-time: 6 Years
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
112 (September 2020 entry)
Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill, Derby Campus
This course provides you with the opportunity to explore the potential of Computer Generated Imagery and Visual Effects.
It will enable you to become a resourceful and independent learner capable of generating ideas and developing original, effective visual solutions. You'll study at Markeaton Street, which is equipped with studios, PC and Mac suites, our Render Farm and the latest technology.
Explore the exciting and rapidly evolving area of visual effects utilising 3d Animation, Motion Capture, Green Screen and Pyro Effects using Industry standard software, such as Autodesk Maya, Houdini FX, Realflow and Nuke-X as well as industry standard 3rd Party Plug-ins and add-ons. Explore how various techniques are implemented within the film, television and computer games industries and build a personalised portfolio to help you get started within your career. You will develop conceptual, aesthetic and technical abilities and receive one-to-one guidance from our expert tutors.
The BA (Hons) CGI and Visual Effects course is designed to enable you to develop your conceptual, aesthetic and technical abilities with individual focus and direction.
The video below shows a selection of work from our students...
All art and design courses are based at our Markeaton Street site where modern, purpose built studios and labs provide a modern creative space for our arts students. Markeaton Street encompasses Chandos Pole Street (home to our Fashion and Textiles courses) and Britannia Mill (home to Fine Arts). Students on any of our theatre related courses also get to study at Derby Theatre, and Dance students study at Deda.
Markeaton Street is a 15 minute walk from Kedleston Road, and is serviced by regular free site shuttle buses.
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Media and Film Studios
'The Explorer' by Charlie Thompson
'Rubix' by Daniel Richards
You will study modules such as:
- CGI and Visual Effects Production
- Pre-Production and Visual Development
- Critical Approaches to Animation and Visual Effects
- The Principles of Animation
- Advanced CGI and Visual Effects and Production
- Applied Dynamics and Simulation
- Professional Practice
- Researching Animation and Visual Effects
- Negotiated Studies and CGI and Visual Effects
- Specialist Practice in CGI and Visual Effects
- Portfolio and Promotion
- Independent Research Project in Animation and Visual Effects
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are used within the BA CGI and Visual Effects programme including lectures, seminars, collaborative work, Digital online tutorials, practical workshops, screenings, peer group critiques and discussion, negotiated and independent study. You will also work with other students on projects, which is good preparation for your career, since the visual effects and post-production industry is highly collaborative. This course is 100% coursework.
Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:
Take a look at highlights from the 2019 Degree Show.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||Yes - see interview details|
Yes - Digital portfolio
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year*
£1,155 per module*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
We create many opportunities for you to showcase your work to a wider audience. By the time you finish your BA (Hons) CGI and Visual Effect degree we will have introduced you to support networks relevant to working in the creative arts industry and helped you to structure your CV and showreel, and reflect on your employability.
We will do our best to equip you to be able to successfully plot a course through the complex terrain of the creative industries and start your future career.
Some of our 2018 graduates have gone on to careers as FX artists, freelance motion graphics artists and VFX tutors.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Film stock 50ft per student specialist equipment and edit suites
- Starter packs for introductory workshops (e.g. 8GB SD Class 10 memory card. 1 per student
- Participation in Degree Show screening at QUAD
- Here at Derby, we provide excellent learning resources, libraries and specialist laboratories and studios.
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Additional materials (printing, stationary, portfolio sleeves, folders, USBs/hard drives etc.) (Approx. costs - Year 1= £250, Year 2 = £300, Year 3 = £400)
- There will be occasions when you will be expected to attend exhibitions, screenings, performances and festivals. You will need to budget for these over each academic year.
- 2 study visits (1 in year 1 and 1 in year 2) approximate cost of each study visit is between £15 and £30, depending on the activity / location.
Optional costs not included in your fees
- additional course related publications (approx. costs £100),
- specialist software/hardware (costs up to £1500)
- Final year project costs (costs determined by student £200-£600)
- Travel for work placement opportunities (costs will vary dependant on location)
- We provide full details of all course fees, but extra costs may include field trips (approx. cost £200-£400)
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.