The MA/MSc in Postproduction with Visual Effects is designed to give a solid grounding in the latest postproduction systems and techniques, as well as a rich understanding of digital visual effects creation for feature film and broadcast television. This MA/MSc links together detailed theoretical, methodological, and technical study of the latest developments in the use of visual effects in contemporary media. The modules unite a powerful scientific/technical training with industry-inspired hands-on examination of issues surrounding creativity, program creation and artistic decision-making. This programme is unique in that it allows students the choice of focusing on production-orientated work (for an MA degree) or on formal research into the technologies behind postproduction systems (for an MSc degree). As a result, graduates of the programme will be more technically informed practitioners or researchers with a better understanding of the creative process.
Although the film and television industry is highly competitive, there is a constant demand for visual effects artists who not only have a solid knowledge of current software and postproduction techniques but also possess a firm grasp of story and how technology can be adapted and applied to enhance the viewing experience. Likewise there is an increasing demand in both industry and academia for researchers with a firm understanding of how postproduction tools are applied to facilitate creation of the next generation of postproduction technologies. No university can guarantee work after completion of a degree but many graduates of this course have gone on to work for major film and television companies including Double Negative, Partizan Labs, Unit Television, Bloomberg Television, Green Screen Productions, Prime Focus, Bruce Dunlop Associates, Propeller TV, ANP Media, Cityscape Digital and CCTV (Chinese television). Others have gone on to further study or work in academia at institutions including Oxford University and the City University of Hong Kong.