Visual Effects (VFX)

Find your creative career with our range of undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Animation, Games, Visual Effects (VFX) and Motion Graphics and other specialist disciplines. 

We're ranked 1st in the world for Production Excellence in Immersive Media, 3rd in the UK for Production Excellence in Visual Effects, 3rd in the UK for 3D Animation and placed in the top 10 Creative Schools in the UK by The Rookies.

Approved and endorsed internationally as an Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center, as well as both Rookies and Houdini certified schools, we take students with raw talent and shape them into the creative professionals demanded by today’s employers. The Higher Education Statistics Agency recognises Escape Studios as one of the top 6%* institutions in the UK for full-time graduate employment.

*HESA applies a rounding methodology to protect graduate anonymity. Published data indicates 130 out of 150 respondents on rounded figures were in highly skilled employment.

Source: Graduate Outcomes 2020/21 survey results published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). HESA open data is published under the (CC BY 4.0) licence.

Why should I get into VFX? 

The UK has some of the best visual effects studios in the world, some of which are our industry partners, including DNEG, Industrial Light & Magic and Framestore.  

Technology innovation and the increase in digital entertainment consumption have made the visual effects (VFX) industry one of the fastest growing industries, with the UK’s sector generating an impressive £1.6bn in 2021 (source BFI). There’s never been a more exciting time to join the creative industries, whether you want to apply VFX to big blockbusters, commercials, TV series or other industries such as architecture, medicine or automobiles.

Our alumni (dubbed 'Escapees') have gone on to work for some of the biggest studios in the world and on projects such as Oscar-winning Dune, Thor: Love and Thunder, Avatar: The Way of Water, Interstellar, No Time To Die and Stranger Things.

What makes our VFX courses and degrees different? 

  • We’re ranked 3rd in the UK – and 10th in the world for Production Excellence in Visual Effects by The Rookies

  • Based in London – home to some of the best visual effects studios in the world. 

  • Our tutors all have industry experience and are experts in their fields. They are certified trainers for Autodesk and Houdini. They’ve worked at studios including DNEG, Framestore and Industrial Light & Magic, on credits including Fantastic Beasts, Gladiator, Kingsman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

  • Industry briefs – students work on industry-standard briefs and experience real-life scenarios, just like in a professional studio.  

  • Industry-standard facilities – learn in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, using professional software such as Maya, Nuke and ZBrush  

  • Professional input – our courses are developed and kept up to date with our industry partners, some of the biggest studios in the world, from the likes of DNEG (Avengers: Endgame and Oscar-winning Dune) and MPC (The Lion King and 1917), who not only input into our courses, but regularly visit our students and speak at events such as our annual VFX Festival.