Get into Teaching Open Evening - 28 May
28 May 20
“At the University of Bolton, we take great pride in providing a quality, supportive learning environment for our students.”
Professor George E Holmes DL | President & Vice Chancellor
“...tutors are very supportive and you’re not just a student ID number, at this university you are an individual with a name.”
Ellisse Vernon | BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
<Back to menu
<Back to menu
No courses found
How great would it be to turn your special and visual effects passion into a career? Based in the Centre for Film FX, the special and visual effects courses at the University of Bolton are designed to ensure that you are provided with all the skills and knowledge to graduate as a proficient special or visual effects professional.
As one of our students, you will regularly attend lectures from guest speakers such as Neill Gorton, multi-award-winning artist/designer, founder of the world-renowned Millennium FX company and our Visiting Professor of Special Effects. We will encourage you to build a network of professional contacts, attend events and undertake industry projects so that you are ready to enter this exciting industry once you graduate. Thanks to the excellent student support we provide throughout our courses, the University of Bolton has been ranked number one for student satisfaction in Greater Manchester by The Complete University Guide 2020 for the third year in a row.
Live projects are a key aspect of our courses; you will gain experience working to briefs and script scenes so that you can find the most time-efficient, cost-effective and visually impressive way to turn ideas into reality. The hands-on experience involved in our courses has led many of our previous and current students to secure their first job before they have even graduated. Small class sizes and passionate lecturers who provide valuable one-to-one support to our students have helped the University of Bolton to secure a top-five position in the UK for teaching quality for the second year running, as per The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 2020.
As a Film FX student, you will have access to facilities like:
Casting and moulding room
3D print studio
3D modelmaking workshop
Specialist make-up studios
Moreover, we have a site-wide render farm that uses distributed computing to render high quality, complex photorealistic scenes and environments.
You will also use industry-standard software, such as:
Autodesk Maya for 3D work
The Foundry’s Nuke and Mari for compositing and digital painting
ZBrush for digital sculpting
Houdini for technical effects and dynamics
Some of the skills you can develop using our advanced facilities include:
Prosthetic make-up creation and application
With the unique skill set gained through one of our Film FX courses, you are a prime candidate for several specialist job roles. Many of our graduates are working within TV, film, commercials, visual effects production:
Game of Thrones
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Jungle Book
You could join our graduates in working in the following careers:
If you have any more questions about studying at the University of Bolton, our award-winning student services team are here to put your mind at ease about any queries related to accommodation, finance, funding, health and wellbeing, disability support or anything else you may need.