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Creative Media Production - Animation and Visual Effects Extended Diploma Level 3 (UAL) at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

This course is designed to develop the highly sought after design and production skills required for the rapidly evolving visual effects industry. While developing the practical skills needed for a career within the industry, you will also learn how the VFX industry operates and what drives it through visits to studios and practical study. The course will introduce you to the fundamentals of 3D modelling, animation and compositing as well as prepare you for the next step to university or employment. The course enjoys close links with Double Negative Visual Effects, The Foundry, who support us, Skillset, Bournemouth University and The Arts University Bournemouth. These industry and academic partners play an important role in the success of the UK industry and are keen to develop the experience of learners at this early stage of their careers.

Course content

The course is made up of 13 units - 8 in year one and 5 in year two. All units are focused on developing your knowledge and skills within 3D as well as using industry standard compositing software. Every unit will involve drawing as well as photography as these are seen as key skills by the visual effects industry. The units will enable you to study particular areas in depth and, at the end of each year, a production project will give you the opportunity to investigate and display your knowledge of 3D animation, as well as to create visual effects sequences to industry-led briefs.

Entry requirements

You will need:

5 GCSEs (at grades A*-C) including English and maths at grade C and one of the following GCSEs – art and design, graphic design, textiles or design technology at grade C


a level 2 diploma at distinction/merit plus GCSE English and maths at grade C.


In addition, as the field of animation and visual effects is primarily visual, you must submit a portfolio of art and design work at your interview.


The courses consist of 18 units over two years. These are continually assessed through regular assignments and practical projects that will take the form of simulated work situations aimed at developing and testing your ability to solve problems, on your own and also by working in a team. You will also be required to carry out research work and give presentations. To progress to the second year, students must successfully complete all year 1 units.

Financial information

We ask for a studio fee which covers a substantial amount of materials in media production including video cassettes for editing, disks and mini disks, texts and some visits. This is currently £110 per year and should be paid at the beginning of the course. We would expect you to own a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera.


There will also be some visits when students will be expected to pay their train fares and occasional optional trips abroad.

Future opportunities

If you wish to get a job straight from college you might work in the film visual effects industry, animation, graphic or 3D design. If you decide to go to university you could take a degree or HND in a variety of media related courses.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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