Full time January MA 2 Years
Computer Science (8) Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Unleash your creativity and master the art of Visual Effects (VFX) with the prestigious programme offered by the National Film and Television School. This industry-leading course boasts a rich history of nurturing top-tier VFX professionals who seamlessly transition into pivotal roles in major productions. Through a dynamic blend of technical expertise and artistic finesse, you will delve into CG, Compositing, Real Time VFX, and more, honing your skills under the guidance of industry experts. The course structure is designed to provide hands-on experience on real sets, collaborating with peers from various disciplines to create a holistic learning environment. With state-of-the-art VFX Labs equipped with industry-standard software and round-the-clock access, you will be immersed in a world where your creativity knows no bounds. While prior industry experience is beneficial, the programme welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, valuing creativity and passion above all. Join us and embark on a transformative journey towards becoming a VFX virtuoso.

About the course

This course has a proven track record of providing the next generation of VFX professionals, the majority of which go straight into key roles on major productions. If you are determined to succeed in this thriving industry - this is the course for you.

Visual Effects (VFX) has been an integral part of the National Film and Television School curriculum for over 15 years, and has evolved into a highly specialised course that delivers industry-standard training.

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Entry Requirements

Although not strictly necessary, you are likely to have some industry experience or training, and you must already understand the basic technical and operational use of Windows based computers. Demonstrable communication, people and management skills are also desirable. The course provides strong practical training and is a blend of the artistic and technical, but there is no typical candidate for this course.

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.

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Student Profiles

Jakob Lundbye

2017 graduate with credits including House of the Dragon, Matilda the Musical, Venom, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Shivani Shah

CG 3G Generalist. Shivani's credits include No Time to Die, Ron's Gone Wrong, The Lion King and Avengers: Infinity War.

Adam Arnot

Compositor with credits including Avengers: Endgame, Guardians of the Galaxy, No Time to Die and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi.

Luke Hardisty

2016 graduate working as a Compositor on projects such as WandaVision, The Mandalorian, His Dark Materials, Thor: Ragnarok and The Matrix Resurrections.


We are committed to supporting UK disabled talent and being a catalyst for meaningful change to issues faced by disabled talent within the UK screen and games industries. As part of our commitment to making the creative industries more accessible to disabled talent, we are providing dedicated funding to help to support UK students with disabilities to access our world-class training.

Five bursaries will be available for UK students applying to study on full time MA and Diploma courses from September 2024, providing up to £5,000 per annum each. Additional bursary support is also available for UK students applying to study part time Diploma and Certificate courses from September 2024 of up to £1,000 each. UK Students studying courses supported by NFTS scholarship and bursaries will also be eligible to apply for further funding from the School to help with tuition fee costs.

The funding aims to assist UK students who face significant additional costs because of the nature of their disability.

The bursary could be used to help with costs such as:
- Accessible accommodation
- Carers accommodation
- Additional heating and electricity costs
- Travel expenses
- Specialist and mobility equipment

The National Film and Television School is keen to take additional steps towards a more inclusive film, television and games industries and will continue to develop and secure additional support for those who need it.

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Candidates must have been permanently resident in the UK for the last three years and hold a British passport in order to be eligible.

A learning difference (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, or AD(H)D)
A visual impairment uncorrected by glasses (e.g. blindness or partial sight)
A hearing impairment (e.g. D/deafness or partial hearing)
A physical impairment or challenges with mobility or dexterity
A social, behavioural or communication impairment (e.g. an autistic spectrum condition or Tourette’s Syndrome)
A long-term illness/health condition which may involve pain or cause fatigue, loss of concentration or breathing difficulties

Application Procedure

As with all NFTS funding opportunities, on receiving an offer of a place on one of our courses, applicants will be invited to apply for funding. Applications will be assessed by a panel comprised of NFTS representatives and the School’s Disability Advocate.

Applicants will need to provide medical evidence of their disability (from a GP, consultant or specialist practitioner) and provide information on how the funding will be used. Applications will be assessed by a panel comprised of NFTS representatives and the School’s Disability Advocate.

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The Crown, a globally acclaimed Netflix series, stands as a testament to the power of craftsmanship in storytelling. For over a decade, a dedicated crew, including over 60 NFTS alumni, meticulously brought this masterpiece to life on screen.

The Left Bank Pictures – The Crown Scholarship programme, fuelled by a once-in-a-lifetime auction of 450 props, furniture, and costumes from all six seasons of The Crown, will give a host of new students the opportunity to receive world-class training and follow in our alumni’s footsteps.

The proceeds from the auction will support at least 50 students to train at the NFTS over next 20 years on fully funded scholarships with additional living expenses covered, allowing them to train on a wide range of our specialist film and television MA and Diploma courses.

If you're eager to pursue a career behind the camera in a specialist craft discipline, we encourage you to apply to become one of the first Crown Scholars and begin your journey shaping the future of the industry.


Open to students studying full time MA and Diploma courses. Eligibility is limited to candidates who have been permanent residents in the UK for the last three years and hold a British passport.

Application Procedure

To become a Crown Scholar, prospective students need to follow a straightforward application process by applying for the course of their choice (listed above.) Upon receiving an offer of a place, applicants will be invited to apply for funding.

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