SPECIAL & VISUAL EFFECTS

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“We are a top 10 provider of special effects courses in the UK, according to the Guardian University Guide 2017.”

Special & Visual Effects are at the heart of all major motion picture and television work. You could be producing digital imagery with specialist software, or creating physical objects and effects with industry-standard materials. It’s all about entertainment!

We’re very proud that Special & Visual Effects graduates from the University of Bolton have recently worked on films including Guardians of the GalaxyDr StrangeThe MartianStar Wars: The Force Awakens and Ready Player One (due for release in 2018).

Special & Visual Effects

The University of Bolton’s School of Creative Technologies is a member of the Creative Industries Federation and elements of the SVFX programme are Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) recognised. We are a top 10 provider of Special Effects courses in the UK, according to the Guardian University Guide 2017.

The Special and Visual Effects subject area at the University of Bolton includes: Special Effects for Film and TV; Special Effects Costume for Film and TV; Visual Effects for Film and TV; Special Effects Model-making for Film and TV; Special Effects Make-up for Film and TV and Special and Visual Effects for Film and TV.

We work closely with the TV and movie industry to make sure you’re developing the right skills and making the right connections. You’ll be using professional-grade facilities, including purpose-built workshops, a special effects make up room, a fabrication lab, a mould shop, a machine shop, a photography studio and computer suites with industry-standard hardware and software.

As well as guest speakers and industry panels, we have modules taught by industry luminaries, allowing you to work directly with a practitioner at the top of their field. You’ll work on live projects and have the chance to go on trips to Special Effects studios and industry events. Our commitment to real-world experience means that many of our students secure their first jobs before they even graduate.

BDes (Hons) Special Effects for Film and Television
BSc (Hons) Visual Effects for Film and Television
BDes (Hons) Special FX Modelmaking for Film and TV
BDes (Hons) Special FX Modelmaking for Film and TV with Foundation Year
BDes (Hons) Special Make-up FX for Film and TV
BDes (Hons) Special Make-up FX for Film and TV with Foundation

Teaching Intensive, Research Informed

Your education at the University of Bolton is ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’. Our approach to teaching is led by research and also the needs of the industry. You’ll learn the ‘real-life workflow’ and multidisciplinary teamwork you’ll be using once you’re working in the film and TV industry. The distinctive blend of modules within the Special and Visual Effects courses allow you to explore which aspect of this exciting area you would like to work in upon graduation.

The School of Creative Technologies is home to all Special & Visual Effects courses and activity at the University of Bolton. See the School of Creative Technologies section of this website for information on staff, events, and news.

The Creative Technologies Research Centre is a new development for the School of Creative Technologies. The Centre will be a focal point for all Computing, Games and Special & Visual Effects research at the University of Bolton, and seek new partnerships with industry. If you would like to find out about the Centre’s research opportunities, please contact Dr Rob Campbell or to find out more about Research Degrees click here.

PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATIONS

Interested in collaborating with the University of Bolton? The School of Creative Technologies is always interested in working with other institutions and businesses. Please contact us if you would like further information on collaboration opportunities.

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