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MA Visual Effect Production (Compositing Route)

Course Description

About the programme

The past decade has seen a rapid expansion in the use of computer-based imagery in the generation of film, television, interactive entertainment and computer games. Hardly any piece of visual media is produced today that has not at some time been manipulated by a computer. The need for well-qualified professionals to take a lead in developing and exploiting existing and new computer graphics technologies will continue to grow with this widespread use.

The scope of this field is increasing rapidly in terms of both technology and applications, and it is increasingly difficult to develop these areas to an advanced level within the constraints of existing undergraduate courses. Our MA Visual Effects (Compositing) was established to address the industry need for specialists who approach visual effects with out-of-the box creative solutions combined with maturity. Our programme emphasises the use of technology and experimentation as well as ensuring the development of project management skills. This makes you more ready for entering the job scene armoured with a variety of skills to make a visually seamless final result. You will learn Compositing foundation through to advanced skills that make you a valued contributor to any project and employer.

Receiving the most up-to-date training here prepares you to jump right into a VFX company at a variety of levels. The industry is changing so fast and more and more companies are in need of Compositors having a good range of junior skills which they can get from this MA.

With our excellent industry links and guidance from our partners, you will benefit from learning the fundamental principles behind the creation of visual effects as well as the practical vocational experience to secure a job in the VFX industry. You will find that an advanced understanding of the research process will prepare you for the rigours of problem-solving in industry. Likewise, understanding the business models used by clients or their employers will also prove essential in professional practice.

Learn from the industry

We work alongside an impressive list of industry partners, so you’ll also get the practical professional experience you need, as well as a real understanding of the fundamental principles behind VFX and the different business models used by studios.

What you’ll learn

Our MA Visual Effects (Compositing) involves 6 key modules:
• Compositing 1
• Compositing 2
• Advanced Compositing for Visual Effects
• 2D VFX Tools and Technology
• Visual Effects Project
• Visual Effects Production Project

Software training will include some of the following software titles:
• Silhouette
• Hiero/Hiero Studio
• Mocha

Course Format

Full course length: 45 weeks
The MA Visual Effects Production (Compositing) is a 45 week course including 18 weeks of class-based study time, 12 weeks directed study and a 15 week final project.

Module Assignments – Overview

MODULE 1 - Compositing 1
Assignment 1 - Rotoscope & Rig Removal shots
Assignment 2 - Logbook: Rotoscope & Rig Removal shots

MODULE 2 - Compositing 2
Assignment 3 - Keying, 3D projections & CG Compositing
Assignment 4 - Logbook: Keying, 3D projections & CG Compositing

MODULE 3 - Advanced Compositing for Visual Effects
Assignment 5 - Advanced Compositing for VFX shot
Assignment 6 - Logbook: Advanced Compositing for VFX shot

MODULE 4 - Visual Effects Tools and Techniques
Assignment 7 – Research Report: 2D VFX Tools and Techniques
Assignment 8 - Presentation: 2D VFX Tools and Techniques

MODULE 5 - Visual Effects Project
Assignment 9 - Visual Effects Project

MODULE 6 - Visual Effects Production Project
Assignment 10 - Visual Effects Production Project
Assignment 11 - Logbook: Visual Effects Production Project
*Please note this course requires access to a 64 bit Operating system

Credits Level MA Visual Effects Production (Compositing route)
20 7 Compositing 1
20 7 Compositing 2
20 7 Visual Effects Tools and Techniques
20 7 Advanced Compositing for Visual Effects
40 7 Visual Effects Project
60 7 Visual Effects Production Project

What kind of roles will this programme prepare you for?
• Rotoscope Artist
• Paint and Prep Artist - procedural and paint rig removal
• Junior Compositor

Your Application: To apply for a postgraduate Masters programme at Pearson College London, you’ll need to complete and submit an online application form, which you can access via the website.

While there’s no formal application deadline for the majority of our programmes it’s best to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Shortly after you apply, you’ll receive an email with details about your creative portfolio and interview.

Next Steps…
Come and see us for yourself! We have three PG Open Days for 2015:

Wednesday 4th March
Wednesday 13th march
Wednesday 8th July

Space is limited, so make sure you secure you place and register today!

For more information, visit our website
+44 (0) 203 131 4736

Visit the MA Visual Effect Production (Compositing Route) page on the Pearson College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Already hold an Undergraduate degree (or an equivalent) qualification.Have a good grasp of the English language (IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent is required)

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