1 year full-time
September 2021 (term dates)
Study, explore and practise contemporary film and television postproduction with a focus on creative aspects of visual effects. Learn a variety of postproduction techniques, including compositing, colour grading and conforming visual effects projects.
Our course emphasises a high level of craft skill and creativity, combined with critical thought and collaboration. You'll gain scientific and technical training with hands-on experience of visual effects systems, programme creation and artistic decision-making.
We'll teach you through a mix of workshops, lectures, screenings and masterclasses with leading academics and industry professionals. You'll use industry-standard facilities in a vibrant and supportive environment. You'll realise your own creative and technical projects and develop essential professional skills to pursue a career in industry.
On this MSc you can focus on formal research into the technologies behind postproduction systems. Alternatively you can focus on production-orientated work and apply for the MSc Film and Television Production with Visual Effects.
Many of our graduates work in the industry, from film to television companies, and some of our graduates have gone on to research in industry or academia.
We have a wide range of industry connections and regularly host visiting speakers and masterclasses.
Bringing together world-leading researchers, dynamic teachers and industry professionals in a vibrant community.
Experience industry-standard training and creative practice, and use the latest professional kit to advance your skills for your future career.
These 2 years at TFTI have been an incredible and somehow life-changing experience. I have been learning so much. Thank you for having created such a great learning environment for film students.Bianca, 2019 graduate
On this course you'll learn a variety of visual effects techniques. Your understanding of professional production values and aesthetics will be enhanced through technical analysis and critical evaluation. We combine creative and technical work with the contextual analysis of theories and history as well as debates about technique, style and meaning.
Our focus on group work means that you'll also work on creative and technical collaborative projects with others studying related courses. You'll be set industry-related tasks which will hone your problem-solving skills in an applied setting, and allow you to complete work to professional standards.
We'll ensure that you have a realistic picture of the film and television industries, as well as covering the business aspects of the industry such as the development, financing and distribution of projects. You'll benefit from our regular sessions with visiting industry personnel. Past guests have come from Warner Bros/De Lane Lea, Pinewood Studios Sound, Prime Focus, Molinare and other top companies.
This course will also prepare you for further research in postproduction systems.
You'll study a total of 180 credits. 90 of these will be through taught modules in the first two terms. You'll then go on to take a further 90 credits as part of an extended research project in the third term.
In your first term you'll look at digital production and postproduction processes for the creation of commercial film and television programmes. You'll examine the latest technical and aesthetic workflows for picture and sound. You'll put theory into practice by applying the concepts and techniques covered in lectures with labs on picture and sound techniques.
You'll study the fundamental theory and practical skills involved in the creation of visual effects for film and television. You will explore 2D compositing as well as the technical design and implementation of visual image processing and the creative application of visual effects systems. You'll develop a range of skills in creative picture editing and visual effects creation using industry standard tools.
1. Digital Production and Postproduction Workflows (20 credits)
2. Visual Effects Design Lab (10 credits)
3. Group Projects I (20 credits)
In your second term you'll have the opportunity to apply the concepts and techniques presented in the first term. You'll also expand your understanding of the creative process. You'll look at online editing and picture finishing, exploring the similarities and differences between these for film and for television. You'll develop a range of creative and technical skills and gain a working knowledge of the stages and process of film and television picture finishing. You'll get hands-on experience with industry-standard picture finishing systems.
1. Conform and Finish (10 credits)
2. Business of Production and Postproduction (10 credits)
3. Group Projects II (20 credits)
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Individual Project (90 credits)
You may choose from two different types of individual project:
1) A production project that involves creating a short film or pilot television episode – either fiction or nonfiction – along with a written 10,000 word production report describing your approach to making the project in your role as a VFX specialist. You can work either individually or collaboratively with other students on this type of project.
2) An individual research project focusing on a specific area related directly to your chosen specialism. This could take the form of a traditional written dissertation of 12,000 words or a hybrid involving the creation of some sort of artefact such as video, audio or written elements based on your research, along with a 10,000 word written dissertation describing the project.
In all cases, the precise nature of the project undertaken, including the involvement of any group members or other collaborators, will be agreed with your academic supervisor prior to the start of the project.
If you'd like to undertake a more creatively-focused project then you should consider applying for the MA Film and Television Production with Visual Effects instead.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£9,730||£23,300|
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You'll have the chance to work collaboratively with other students from all our film and TV Masters courses. Group project work will develop your skills to prepare you for an industry where you will often work with others to achieve your creative vision.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)
We hope to deliver this course as advertised for 2021/22 entry, but it’s unclear when we’ll be able to return to a normal timetable. For an idea of how this course might be affected, see our changes for 2020/21 entry.
The course involves a range of different teaching styles. Most modules will include lectures to give you a fundamental understanding of the subject and then lead on to practical work. The practical work will primarily involve lab sessions where you can become familiar with industry techniques and equipment.
Sessions involving guests from the film and television industry will be part of your studies. You'll also have the opportunity to attend events such as talks, productions and festivals.
You'll be assigned a personal supervisor for the duration of the course. They are there to give advice on academic matters as well as other areas of University life.
Our award-winning building is one of the best-equipped facilities of its type in the UK. For visual effects it features:
You will be based in the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media (TFTI) on Campus East.
Most of your contact hours will be in TFTI with some additional teaching elsewhere on Campus East.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You'll be assessed throughout your course. Some modules have an early assessment that contributes a small amount to your final mark and gives an opportunity to check your progress.
Types of assessment vary depending on the module and include the following:
The film and television industry is highly competitive and there is a constant demand for visual effects artists with a solid knowledge of current software and postproduction techniques. There's also demand for artists who possess a firm grasp of story and how technology can enhance the viewing experience.
There's an increasing demand for researchers, in both industry and academia, who have a firm understanding of postproduction tools and how they can be applied to create the next generation of postproduction technologies.
Many of our graduates are working in the industry, with companies such as:
Others have gone on to further study or to work in academia at institutions including Oxford University and the City University of Hong Kong.
|Undergraduate degree||You should have some experience of film, video or television production. This may have been gained through an undergraduate degree (2:1 or equivalent), via professional practice or through a formal filmmaking society. Experience in visual effects or animation is desirable but not required.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 55 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 169 in each component|
|TOEFL||87, minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all requirements|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 100 in all other components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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