West Thames College London

Creative Media Production (Visual Effects) - Level 3 Diploma for 19+

This course is for students aged 19+ offering a generalistic grounding in computer generated imagery and special effects. You will be taught in our state of the art editing and studio facilities using industry standard software such as Maya.
Key course features

Qualification: Level 3 Award & Diploma in Creative Media Production (Visual Effects)

Level: Level 3

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?
This course is for those aged 19+ who are looking to learn a new skill or gain a qualification to help with their career.
About the course
The Visual Effects (VFX) industry is a fast-moving and growing element of the UK economy, the majority of which is based in London. VFX is a combination of techniques that come together to enhance a live action shot. These techniques are used in many entertainment industries, from film and broadcast television to Architectural Visualisations. The processes include augmenting or replacing backgrounds, placing digital 3d elements into live action shots by using a number of techniques including tracking cameras and colour grading. This course offers a generalist Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) grounding in the industry standard software Maya whilst at the same time the course emphasises the importance of art, design and media principles. You will be taught how to model, rig, animate and light in 3D and the foundations of CGI and VFX compositing using industry standard software.
How will I be assessed?
The course is assignment rather than examination based and is continually assessed, culminating in a final major project. Your grades are recorded throughout the year and appear on your final diploma. Your progress is constantly monitored and any problems are dealt with as they happen, either during sessions or in tutorials. Individual action plans for students are arranged during tutorials which enable you to plan your studies more effectively. This continuous assessment will finally take you through to a job or higher education applications.
Where next?
The HND in Creative Media Production at West Thames College, a degree course at university or employment in the media industry.
Entry requirements
At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-5, including English language, the Level 2 Media Diploma with a merit or distinction and functional skills in English and maths or equivalent. If you possess aptitude or have relevant work experience you are also encouraged to apply.If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
If you are over 19 you may be eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the "apply now" button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Hamid Ibrahim

    Level 3 Animation & Games Design

    Hamid Ibrahim

    "All of the course has been good but I'm really enjoying my final major project. I've taken an image of myself and turned it into a dragon. The project includes everything I've learnt and it's a good feeling to see it finished."



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