BA (Hons) Visual Effects Technical Art

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Prepare for a career in technical art in the visual effects and video games industry. Develop your skills to meet demand for roles including technical artist, procedural content creator and technical director.

Our BA (Hons) Visual Effects Technical Art will help you become an artist skilled in the latest procedural 3D techniques, who can work alongside programmers, developers and other artists.

Using the latest procedural content creation software, you’ll learn to design and deploy solutions to problems encountered in the video games and visual effects industries.

As well as exploring the key areas of working with VFX and computer graphics, our course will keep you up to date with the latest techniques and trends. We'll also help you identify the supporting skills and knowledge that you’ll need to succeed in the creative industries.

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State-of-the-art facilities

All our Visual Effects Technical Art students will:

  • work in a computer lab with state-of-the-art workstation PCs
  • use software and tools such as SideFX Houdini, Blender, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine 4, Pixologic ZBrush and Substance, increasing your career opportunities in the visual effects and games industries, as well as opening possibilities in other content-creation fields such as synthetic data, machine learning, XR, and architecture
  • have opportunities to work with equipment including Wacom creative pen tablets to assist with digital painting and texturing; VR headsets; and a 16-camera motion capture system
  • get access to all our creative facilities, with full training provided, including a TV studio, theatre, and recording studios.

Build your profile

Study at ARU and:

  • learn from expert staff whose teaching reflects current industry practice
  • use online learning tools and resources such as Canvas, Discord, and social media to access course information; share and demonstrate work; and develop an online identity
  • collaborate with students from our computer games art and programming degrees
  • make industry connections at a range of events
  • receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience.

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Throughout our BA (Hons) Visual Effects Technical Art, you’ll develop the latest skills and knowledge for a career in 3D content creation. You'll also get the support you need to grow into a confident and creative graduate with a willingness for lifelong learning.

As a graduate, you will have tackled a variety of live VFX briefs, finding creative ways to use your knowledge and skillset and working with our industry partners. Recently, ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight have offered internships and work opportunities to our students.

You'll also have a strong portfolio of work to showcase your skills and specialisms.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters degree, such as our MA Computer Games Development (Art). Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

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