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Our MSc Technical Direction for Visual Effects focusses on the skills and knowledge required for the specialist role of technical director within the visual effects industry. It focuses in particular on the applied technical aspects of visual effects including the 3D animation pipeline, the effects pipeline, graphical simulation and the emerging application of VFX to virtual reality platforms using real time technologies.

Course details

You study content in the new areas of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) that are only now emerging in a VFX context.You benefit from expertise and state-of-the-art facilities in the School of Computing, Media & the Arts such as the green screen studio, and the latest technologies such as the new VR development studio.You also benefit from regular industry input from internationally renowned speakers through Animex and from staff and student contacts.

There are three routes you can choose from to gain an MSc Technical Direction for Visual Effects:

  • full-time - 2 years with advanced practice (September start)
  • full-time - 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)
  • part-time - 2 years.

Course structure

Core modules

  • 3D Animation Pipeline
  • Advanced Effects Animation
  • Masters Project: Technical Direction for VFX
  • Programming for VFX
  • Research Methods for Computing
  • Virtual Reality
  • Visual Simulation

Advanced practice

  • Internship

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You learn about concepts and methods primarily through keynote lectures and tutorials using case studies and examples. Lectures include presentations from guest speakers from industry. Critical reflection is key to successful problem solving and essential to the creative process. You develop your own reflective practice at an advanced level, then test and assess your solutions against criteria that you develop in the light of your research.

Work placement

Advanced practice

There are a number of internship options, including:

Vocational internship – spend one semester working full-time in industry or on placement in the University. We have close links with a range of national and international companies who will offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

Research internship – develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.

Career opportunities

We prepare you for a career in industry. In addition to your taught classes, we create opportunities for you to meet and network with our industry partners through events such as our ExpoSeries, which showcases student work to industry. ExpoTees is the pinnacle of the ExpoSeries with over 100 businesses from across the UK coming to the campus to meet our exceptional students, with a view to recruitment.

Visit the Technical Direction for Visual Effects MSc page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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