Six-Month Digital Animation and VFX

Six-Month Digital Animation and VFX

Looking to build your future in the screen industries?  MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting-edge, practical learning experience.

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KEY FACTS

Six-Month Digital Animation & VFX

  • Intensive six month course covering the integration of visual effects into film, television and games production
  • Our graduates now work for award-winning companies, including MPC, Double Negative VFX, Blue Zoo Animation, Illumination MacGuff
  • Our students have gone on to work on projects like Mr Selfridge, Ripper Street, Disney’s The Jungle Book, Agent Carter, How to Change the World & Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • The Course builds a solid understanding of VFX and production techniques including; Pre-production planning, Virtual set production, Set extensions/replacement and clean-up, Matte painting, Hard surface Modelling, Organic modelling, Texturing, Rigging, Animation, Creature creation, 3D Tracking, Compositing and Match Lighting
  • Software use is a transient thing, here at MetFilm School we strive to teach our artists to have an eye for detail, this is an essential for VFX and postproduction. Software used in this course: Maya/Mudbox, Nuke, Z Brush, Substance, After Effects and Photoshop
  • Suitable for beginners, no previous experience is required


Why take the course?

The Six Month Digital Animation & VFX course helps you step into the industry as a VFX Compositor, Artist, Producer or take on other similar roles. The programme covers the core VFX and Animation skills, including:

  • Gain a solid grounding in all aspects of Postproduction 
  • Master the industry’s leading Software techniques 
  • Understand industry pipeline roles and working in a team 
  • Explore the many aspects of VFX and where it can lead you 
  • Prepare a showreel for your future career 
  • Work with filmmakers to achieve fantastic effects. 

What you will study

Below you will find the areas you will study on our six-month digital animation and VFX. To learn more about each one of these topics, please download our prospectus clicking on the link below.

 Software: MAYA, ZBRUSH, MARI, MENTAL RAY

  • 3D Modelling for Animatable Mechanical Characters (Box and Shell Polygonal Modeling, NURBS Modelling, 3D sculpting)
  • UV Texturing, including multi-tiled UV texturing
  • Procedural Texturing
  • Shading, Lighting and Rendering, including Multi-pass Rendering for Compositing Rigging for animation Keyframe and MOCAP Animation principles and data management
  • Free Keyframe Animation and Animation on Live Action Backgrounds Camera Projection techniques Data interchange formats between Maya, Nuke, Mari and Zbrush Dynamics: Cloth, Hair, Particles, Smoke, Rigid and Soft Bodies
  • Data management for Dynamic Simulation

 Software: NUKE, MAYA

  • Roto and prep techniques
  • Rig Removal Techniques
  • Green Screen Production & Shooting Tips for Green Screen Works
  • Camera Tracking
  • Planar Tracking Digital Set Extension/ Digital Matte Painting Essentials/ Camera Projections
  • CG & Live Action compositing

Software: 3D EQUALIZER

  • Filming tips for Camera Tracking
  • Survey Data
  • Auto-tracking vs Manual Tracking
  • Matchmove and object tracking
  • Lens Distortion management

Dates & Prices

  • 27 September 2021 — 25 March 2022
  • 28 March 2022 — 16 September 2022
  • 26 September 2022 — 17 March 2023
  • Price

    £11,450

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

    Entry Requirements: Our Six-Month Digital Animation & VFX course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements.

    However, in order to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.  For more information on this please contact info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a limited number of places available for each course intake and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information regarding our application procedure, please see the following link, or contact our Admissions team on +44 (0) 20 8280 9119 or email info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Duration: Six Months Full-Time

  • Price

    £11,450

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

    Entry Requirements: Our Six-Month Digital Animation & VFX course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements.

    However, in order to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.  For more information on this please contact info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a limited number of places available for each course intake and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information regarding our application procedure, please see the following link, or contact our Admissions team on +44 (0) 20 8280 9119 or email info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Duration: Six Months Full-Time

  • Price

    £11,450

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

    Entry Requirements: Our Six-Month Digital Animation & VFX course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements.

    However, in order to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.  For more information on this please contact info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a limited number of places available for each course intake and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information regarding our application procedure, please see the following link, or contact our Admissions team on +44 (0) 20 8280 9119 or email info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Duration: Six Months Full-Time

Careers

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

From the very first day at MetFilm School, we teach our students to network and pitch to the industry. The MetFilm Futures team help our talented and bright students secure creative jobs in leading companies across the globe.

Our graduates work across the industry as VFX Artists, Directors, TV Assistant Producers, Script Editors, On-Air Producers, Campaign Managers and many more besides. Below are just some of the companies they’ve gone onto work for.

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Student Work

We proudly present some of the course graduates’ works. These projects should give you an idea of what you’ll be able to produce by the end of the programme. To see more of our students’ works check  the link below or our Met Film School Blog.


Student Stories

CHRIS MCKENNA – Head of Animation and Tech animation, Moving Picture Company. ShowreelIMDB.

SANDRA WARNER – Designer. Has designed many theme park attractions for major clients: National Geographic, Warner Brothers, and many more.

AYLIN MEYER – Matchmove artist at Framestore.

ANDREAS RISBERG – Runs 3D printing firm and trades in Memorabilia.

YUSUF HASAN – Compositor – IMDB.

FREDERIK MAGNUSSEN – Video artist at Massive entertainment.

WHY METFILM SCHOOL?

  • Situated and based in the world-famous Ealing Studios.. Ealing Studios is a professional film and television production environment and MetFilm School is based inside this space, along with numerous other companies and businesses. Being on the lot creates a great screen industry context for the School but does not bring access to shoots or other studio activities. Occasionally opportunities do arise for our students and these are advertised through our student opportunity department, MetFilm Futures.
    MetFilm School does have its own studio space – Stage 5 – which is mostly used by those studying on our Post Graduate Cinematography course. It is also accessible on a case by case basis to students shooting films and other kinds of project but has to be booked in advance.
    Regarding the main studios, we expect all students to be courteous, professional and respectful while they are on the lot. For obvious reasons, they cannot enter sets or professional productions freely.
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  • Award-winning tutors and guest speakers. All our tutors and guest speakers are working screen professionals with numerous industry awards and nominations, including BAFTAs, Emmys and Oscars. Learn more about our tutors and guest speakers
  • Part of the industry. Through working closely with our sister companies Met Film Production and Met Post, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. Met Film businesses provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. Find out more
  • Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Creative SkillSet. Find out more. Our degree course was described as ‘At the forefront of film pedagogy’ by the QAA
  • Leading the industry. As the fastest growing film school in the UK we are proud of our innovative approach with a strong focus on new media and platforms, which is delivered throughout all our courses

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have collated much of the useful information we are often asked about on our Frequently Asked Questions page.