30/07/2021

Categories: Film FX, Undergradute

What a career in Film FX looks like

Deciding on a career path can seem like a tremendous task to begin with. After studying multiple subjects for years, you finally have an idea about what you enjoy learning and potentially a career to pursue. The next step is to look for a film degree in the industry you want to head into.

In this blog, we will look at Film FX careers in the arts industry, and what the potential roles look like. In recent decades, special effects in films have become more elaborate, the job roles have become more and more specialised, and now big blockbuster films with have hundreds of crew members working on special effects in pre and post-production.

Potential careers

Many people in the special effects and film career industry work with computers, animating, using green screens and other dynamic props. One of the oldest and most traditional types of effects is applying makeup. Special effects makeup can create a whole world of different visuals. In some films, they are used to transform a healthy person looking half-withered and dead; in others, they completely change a person into another creature or species with horns, excess skins and different prosthetic features.

For someone looking to become a special effects makeup artist, it is vital to be able to have great skill with everything, from applying a fancy eye shadow effect to horrific battle wounds and scars. The ability to use makeup in multiple different ways is vital for success.

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Aome days you’ll be on set transforming people on a regular basis, and then others you will be improving your portfolio by testing new products at home. Making a name for yourself in a film career is essential to getting repeat work so ensure you’re always refreshing your skills.

In the spotlight

Don Lanning has made a name for himself in the industry as an exceptional creature creator. His work has featured in films such as Star Trek Beyond, Batman vs Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean. Lanning’s work has taken him all over the globe, his skills are high in demand, but he still has time for the students and visited the University of Bolton earlier this year.

The Film FX degrees provided at the University of Bolton are incredible, and with many different courses to choose from, there is something for everyone. For more information about Film FX degrees at Bolton, click here.

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MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism): Extended
Full-time
Mode of study
18 months
Duration

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) Special Effects for Film and Television
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) Special Effects Modelmaking for Film and Television
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) Special Make-up Effects for Film and TV
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Visual Effects and Animation
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries: Extended
Full-time
Mode of study
18 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries
Part-time
Mode of study
24 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
Part-time
Mode of study
24 months
Duration

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) Special Effects Modelmaking for Film and Television with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) Special Make-up Effects for Film and TV with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

MA Film FX Creative Practice
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

University of Bolton

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