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HND Creative Media Production (VFX) (full-time)


Film and Media Production

Study Mode

University Level

Start Date



2 years


£6000.00 per year

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Course Overview

Delivered at our Chippenham campus, this course will offer you the chance to develop specialist skills such as animation, motion graphics and 3D modelling. Real life projects developed in discussion with industry specialists will encourage you to engage with professional working practices so that you are poised to take the next step in your creative arts career. The course will also give you opportunities to gain the skills to fill a gap in the media marketplace embracing the exciting world of digital motion graphics and animation.The team has developed a series of projects that prepare students for the industry but also achieve high academic standards.

What will I learn?

Modules covered over the two years are likely to include:

Year One:

Individual Project (Pearson set)
Creative Media Industry
Professional Practice
Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Cultures
Visual Effect Practices
3D Modelling
Principles of Animation
Video Editing

Year Two:

Collaborative Project (Pearson set)
Personal Professional Development
Advanced Visual Effect Practices
Rendering and Visualisation
Advanced Animation
Advanced 3D Modelling
Advanced Editing and Compositing

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

This level 5 course will be delivered using a blended approach of both class-based sessions and remote learning.

A Higher National qualification is equivalent to either a level 4 or level 5 university qualification, for example a foundation degree.

You will have a number of coursework based assessments to complete throughout the course along with a portfolio of evidence.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve either an Higher National Certificate (HNC) at level 4 or a Higher National Diploma (HND) at level 5 Creative Media Production (VFX), awarded by Pearson.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points from full level 3 qualifications as well as 4 GCSEs at minimum grade C (4) or above to include English and Maths as well as level 3 qualifications in either Art and Design or Media subjects.

We would also welcome applicants with UAL qualifications.

Prior experience may also be considered for entry onto this course and please contact the college's HE Admissions team for more information.

Post Baccalaureate equivalent for other EU applicants and non EU students require equivalent qualifications.

Applications from mature candidates without the required entry criteria are welcomed and considered on an individual basis.

Where English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Don't quite reach the entry criteria?

You can still apply to do this course on completion of our Access to Higher Education course.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be invited for interview and you can apply for this programme via the UCAS website.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is C1M1.

The cost of this programme is £6,000 per year.

For some trips or visits, there may be additional charges that apply which you will be made aware of when and if appropriate.

There are a number of resources which are recommended for the course, please contact for more information.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that the college is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

Visual effects is a rapidly expanding part of the industry and the increased number of high-end TV productions shooting in Bristol means we are perfectly placed to join the growing community of VFX artists in the region. Our proximity to a hub for animation and games development provides a range of employment opportunities after graduation. 3D design skills are increasingly sought after in the wider business community as well. Some learners choose to extend their studies to a full BA Honours degree, undertaking a Level 6 top-up.

Meet your lecturer

Nicky Dew,
Programme Lead, HND Creative Media Production (VFX)

Nicky is the programme leader of the HND in Creative Media Production (VFX) with more than 20 years experience of teaching television and film production in further and higher education. Having worked in newspapers, radio and television, both as an employee and as a freelancer, Nicky has good industry and community contacts and uses these to inform and develop student projects. Maintaining an extensive alumni network enables her to bring a sense of the real-world into the classroom. Two of her client projects led to national awards. Nicky specialises in teaching the film-making, industry and business elements of the course. Read more...

Sam Newlove,
Lecturer in Media

Sam aims to push students to develop an array of software skills, and equally, in a student’s creativity and confidence to achieve. Sam’s background is in freelance 2D and 3D animation, camera operation and corporate video for broadcast and the web working for clients such as Motors TV, National Geographic and more. He also freelanced for the popular videogame website IGN and volunteered for community management on during its active years. Sam enjoys designing and playing videogames, planning and shooting short film ideas, and Krispy Kreme donuts.

What our students say

The lessons are always great and the tutors have been very supportive of the class, with years of experience in the fields they teach.


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