Level Three Extended Diploma in Creative Media Visual Effects for the Film and Broadcast Industries (VFX))

This course is for anyone who is interested in the film and broadcast industries or who wishes to progress to study at degree level in a related discipline. The core units provide a broad overview of the media industry while the optional units build on this. With access to the entire Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection, industry leading tracking (Mocha Pro) and matchmoving (Syntheyes) software, each student will cover the use of After Effects for composition and finishing, and SynthEyes for camera tracking, while using 3D Studio Max to produce digital and dynamic assets for composition. Photoshop and Illustrator will be used for digital matte painting and storyboard generation. While emphasis is put on design and concept, an ability to communicate your ideas clearly is essential.

This course is available as part of a full-time study programme for 16 to 18 year olds, and as a part-time course for adults aged 19 and over.  Please ask learner services for details.

What will I study?

Mandatory units include

  • Pre-production techniques for the media industries
  • Communication skills for creative media production
  • Research techniques for the media industries
  • Critical approaches to media products
  • Understanding the interactive media industry


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through practical activities and written coursework depending on the subject matter. Coursework and practical assessments are based on realistic workplace situations and live assignments where appropriate.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs grade A*-C/4-9 to include English and Maths at grade D/3 or above.
  • Or level two diploma (merit)
  • Or first diploma (merit)
  • Or NVQ level two
  • Or equivalent


What next?


This qualification gives you access to higher education in the form of a degree or other courses including our related Level Four BTEC Higher National Certificates, Level Five BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (fashion, graphic design and interactive media pathways also available) and the BA Hons in Contemporary Media, Design and Production.

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Full Time 2018 Higher Education 2019 Spring Part-time course guide Apprenticeship Guide