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Visual Effects and Motion Graphics - Foundation Degree

Two years
Telephone: 01792 284000 (Tycoch)


The Visual Effects and Motion Graphics course enables students to build towards a successful career in the creative industries, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, with Wales now widely recognised as a centre for TV and film production. It’s also home to a growing digital technology cluster. Potential career pathways could include visual effects, digital media, TV, film and animation. 


Key information

Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points 48

A level DD-EE

BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma -PPP

Access to HE - Pass

BTEC L3 National Diploma - MP

Additional Entry Requirement - Interview and submission of a Portfolio


The course is lecture based and assessment is through practical projects, reports, presentation and practical application. 

Year One, Level 4 modules include: 

  • Contextual Studies: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics 
  • Image Acquisition Fundamentals 
  • Filmmaking Fundamentals
  • Sound and Vision
  • CG Foundations
  • Motion Production.

Year Two, Level 5 modules include: 

  • Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Work Placement
  • Professional Practice: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
  • Critical Studies: Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
  • Environments
  • FX Dynamics.

Learners are able to top up to the full degree at the University of South Wales.

This course will also support students wishing to pursue the following careers: 

Film Maker, Film Editor, VFX Producer, VFX Editor, CG Supervisor, 3D Artist, Animator, Texture Artist,  Environment Artist, Rigging Director, Lighting Director, Effects Director, Compositor, Roto Artist, Pre Vis Artist, Concept Artist, Games Designer, Sound Editor.

How to apply?

You will need to apply via UCAS (UCAS code VE28)

Click here to apply

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Student may be able to gain recognition for previous learning.  Please contact for advice if you feel this may be relevant, further information is available at:

Fees for this course are £7,500* per year. Further information for Wales can be found on 

*Please note that the tuition fees stated are for the 2023-24 academic year and are subject to increase for future years of study. Please see the university’s website for further information. 

You could also receive a £1000 College bursary per year (subject to satisfactory progression) 

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e: 

  • travel to and from college, or placement 
  • photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. Memory Cards) 
  • printing and binding 
  • gowns for graduation ceremonies 

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the College library and access to some USW resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study.

Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course, students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources / tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* None of the costs listed are obligatory.

£900 - Apple Macbook or iMac
£500 - Digital SLR with lenses
£50 - WD or equivalent hard drive
£50 - Wacom tablet
£15 - Cost per month - Adobe subscriptions 
£500 - Possible field trips (plenty of notice will be given of any planned trip, these do not form an essential part of the course and students will not be disadvantaged if they don’t attend)