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Full time September MSc Full-time: 1 year

About the course

The Digital Visual Effects MSc equips you with advanced skills, knowledge and understanding of high definition digital effects to help you become a highly skilled technical director (TD) in the visual effects industry.

This programme is entirely oriented towards current industrial needs, technology and practice and provides a direct route into the highly desirable creative industry. Our successful former students are working in London and for international companies in areas ranging from television graphics to architectural visualisation.

It covers 3D model building, texturing, lighting, rendering, procedural animation (cloth, hair, fur, dynamics), advanced compositing and high-definition digital effects. Although the thrust of the programme is towards high end film special

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a 1 or 2:1 honours degree in Multimedia, Art or Design or a related subject. To discuss other possible entry qualifications, please contact us.

Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Minal Mistry

2188.jpg In 2011 I completed my undergraduate course in BSc (Hons) Multimedia Technology and Design at the University of Kent. During the three years my aspiration to work in the visual effects was affirmed as I really enjoyed 3D modelling. MSc Digital Visual Effects is a one year course that allows you to develop your skills further to an advance level; the course is designed and oriented around the current industry needs. I feel I have learnt a great deal already and gained a far better understanding of the area since the start of the course.

There are a wide variety of modules that are covered over the course of the year, from 3D modelling, dynamics and compositing, covering every aspect of Digital Visual Effects. It is a very intense course, with a large amount being covered but at the same time very enjoyable and also rewarding. The course is a mixture of individual and team work, working with the other MSc courses, Computer Animation and Architectural Visualisation.

The team work projects replicates a working environment which in itself is really good experience. The course has really good links with the industry, and the guest speakers from studios like Double Negative have conducted workshops and demonstrations which has given a valuable insight and advice of their field and expertise. Meeting people from the visual effects industry, is definitely inspiring and enlightening.

I am thoroughly enjoying the course at the moment, and would recommend MSc Digital Visual Effects to anyone who is passionate and interested in establishing themselves in the visual effects industry. The master’s course definitely guides and equips you in the right direction and helps you to develop your skill further in order to meet the current needs of the industry.

Samer Ibrahim

2189.jpg The completion of a BSc in Computer Graphics and Animation in 2010 led me to think about new challenges regarding my academic and professional career. Travelling to the UK to experience a new culture as well as a higher level of education were part of the challenge.

The variety of offered modules and equipped laboratories were the main reason for me to enrol in the MSc Digital Visual Effects, here at the University of Kent. The richness of the programme, its orientation toward the current industry needs and mixture between individual and team work gave me the opportunity to learn new material and develop complicated modelling techniques. The direct contact with numerous professionals and guest speakers and my involvement in different workshops gave me the opportunity to explore the industry’s professional work environment. Therefore, I am confident that the dedication I found within the premises of this university to encourage creativity will guarantee me a smooth integration in the Digital Visual Effects industry.

To end, I am enjoying the programme for the time being, and looking forward to start my final project where I will be able to demonstrate all the acquired skills. Therefore, I would recommend MSc in Digital Visual Effects to every student ardent for 3D modelling, compositing and visual effects.

Blaine Epsley

After graduating from BSc (Hons) Multimedia Technology and Design with the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent, i had developed a strong passion for visual effects and CGI.

Completing my Final year project specialising in 3D CGI Pipeline techniques led me into what i found a very natural and easy progression into the graduate school to undertake the MSc course Digital Visual Effects.

Now over half way into the course I truly believe that finding a Career in the respective field of Visual Effects for Film, TV and Games would be a near infinitly more difficult task without the skills and knowledge that the MSc equips you with. At an undergraduate level I achieved a First Class degree with Honors, and to this day on the MSc programme i have learnt something new that has been a worthwhile improvement of my knowledge and skillset every single day.

The course is fast paced with many projects being run side by side at the start which helps you learn at an enormous rate. As the course progressess and you undertake larger and larger projects you begin to understand the workflow of the 3D Animation and Visual Effects pipeline much better, the course runs just as you would work in the industry. This is even more exagerated with many exemplary tutors coming directly from the industry from some of the biggest companies in london.

Double Negative (Inception, The Dark Knight Returns, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Framestore (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Warhorse, Avatar), and Cinesite (John Carter, Clash of the Titans) are just three of the big names that we have had artists come from to aid us in the learning of the most up to date industry used techniques.

This is a huge advantage because most people understand that the primary objective and outcome of completing the MSc is to break into an extremely competitive industry.

Sam Frewer

Achieving a 1st class honours with a letter of commendation from Bournemouth University in Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) lead me into fulltime lecturing at Bournemouth University in this respective discipline.

Duties as a Foundation Degree tutor included the delivery of CGI workshops in 3D disciplines such as Creative Visual Design, Architectural Visualisation and Project management.

I felt the natural progression onto a Masters would better equip me for industry and further develop my skills in computer animation and Visual effects.

After researching Post-graduate study at a variety of institutes I opted for the school of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) at the University of Kent; EDA offered not only industry-standard facilities but also an enthusiastic team with invaluable industry experience. The School of Engineering and Digital Arts seemed dedicated to encouraging creativity whilst involving students in a work-ethic environment giving learners the opportunity to work as a team to simulate industry. We have received an array of inspiring demonstrations, workshops and seminars from the most reputable London visual effects studios. I believe the MSc Digital Visual Effects (DVE) is my key to becoming an employable asset to any Computer animation studio. For academic year 2011 I will begin a Doctorate Investigation here at EDA whilst delivering Lectures and Seminars on undergraduate programs of study. I would recommend MSc DVE, here at The University of Kent, to any CGI students that have the drive and dedication to become established digital artists.


University of Kent Postgraduate Scholarships and Funding

Kent Engineering and Digital Arts Postgraduate Scholarship (for International students)

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