Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Visual Effects and Grading
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio  1,500 words  40%
Semester Assessment .5 Hours   Individual Presentation  10 minute showreel and oral examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment .5 Hours   Individual Presentation  10 minute showreel and oral examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio  1,500 words  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the VFX process

Demonstrate an understanding of how choices in shooting affect the visual expressivity of post production effects

Demonstrate a working knowledge of effects techniques in post production

Brief description

Visual Effects is the process by which imagery is created or manipulated outside the context of live on-set action. Most Visual Effects Shots are created during post-production, but the planning for the shots starts during pre-production and there is a close collaboration between the Director, DOP, Editor and Visual Effects Editor during the shoot. There are benefits to using computer generated images as opposed to live action shots, where the locations are too dangerous or too expensive for live action filming. Visual effects can also be used in tragic situations where there may have been a fatality e.g. to re-create the actor’s face in certain scenes to enable the producer to complete the film. The course will look in detail at all the processes available through workshops and case studies.


An Introduction to Visual Effects
The Pipeline
On Set Supervision
CGI Builds
Digital Matte Painting and 3D DMP

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not applicable to this module
Communication Written communication as well as the process of communicating a concept through a particular medium is directly assessed. Oral communication skills are developed through exercises, seminars and feedback on creative concepts for effects.
Improving own Learning and Performance Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module which will help students to improve their own learning and performance.
Information Technology As part of the module Students will required to use industry standard software involved in Visual Effects Work .
Personal Development and Career planning The skills gained from this module will enhance the employability of film students.
Problem solving Visual Effects is, by its nature, a system for solving problems encountered on set that cannot be resolved on set. The Visual Effects Producer is called upon to respond to these problems and offer immediate solutions. Students will be tested on this individually and as part of a team.
Research skills Students will be expected to research the variety of effects technologies used to resolve issues that arise in real life situations and will be assessed on their ability to evaluate and effectively use their knowledge to apply these skills to the issues that arise.
Subject Specific Skills Visual Effects skills will be developed throughout the module.
Team work Interaction of the various visual effects components of the module will require students to work effectively as a team to deliver media content by specific deadlines.


This module is at CQFW Level 6