Digital Effects

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Digital effects (DFX) are everywhere – from Marvel blockbusters and immersive content to commercials, television programmes, games and independent movies. This course gives students extensive, practical training on real sets, in visual effects (VFX) and animation studio, and in cutting-edge grading and finishing suites.

DFX students are taught essential 2D and 3D VFX and Colour/Finishing techniques and will go on to specialise in either:

  • ​Colour Grading and Finishing
  • VFX (CG)
  • VFX (Compositing)

DFX students will collaborate with those in other specialisms at the NFTS to make film, TV, games and practical projects, putting into practice the skills they learn throughout the course – with all production costs met by the School.

All NFTS students can attend Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Alex Garland (Ex Machina).

“If you are interested in learning about the VFX process as a whole there is no better place to do so than at the NFTS. Other places tend to focus on the software and technical knowledge exclusively – the NFTS actually gives you a much bigger picture, allowing you to understand what each department’s role on a film production and post production is.” – Boyan Baynov, 2016 graduate

This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

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