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Post Production and VFX

BA (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Media

UCAS Code:

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • Develop the creative and technical skills you will need to produce high quality post production and VFX visuals
  • Study using the state-of-the-art facilities at our MediaCityUK campus
  • Gain a solid grounding in the specialist skills and advanced theory that apply to contemporary post-production practices
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Post Production and VFX are two ever changing and evolving areas of media production. The skills and blend of theory and practice are at the heart of the course and it has been developed and shaped with a range of key industry companies to ensure that what is taught reflects this dynamic industry.

This course works on the principle practices of media workflows and will cover all areas of post production, from initial shooting, edit and sound design to VFX creation to colour grading and distribution. Teamwork and collaboration are at the heart of the course ethos and this will equip students with a solid grounding in the specialist skills and advanced theory that apply to post-production practice.

Our unique location at the heart of MediaCityUK means you are ideally placed to tap into a network of leading post production and VFX companies such as ITV, Dock10, Flix and The Farm. You will have many opportunities to get involved with the media industry through a series of live briefs and engage with media practitioners across a number of initiatives, events and projects.

Year One

  • Shooting for Post Production
  • Craft Editing Fundamentals
  • History of Editing and VFXs
  • 2D & 3D CGI Content Generation
  • VFX Fundamentals
  • Professional Practices for Post Production

Year Two

  • Long Form Editing for Broadcast
  • VFX Effects and Practices
  • Landmarks in Editing and VFXs
  • Short Form Editing for Online and Events
  • Applied Technologies for VFX
    Collaborative Workflows with Industry Brief

Year Three

  • Advanced Editing and Audio
  • Advanced VFX
  • Pre Production Portfolio for Major Project
  • Final Major Project

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English and Maths GCSE grade C
UCAS tariff points 96 points
BTEC National Diploma DMM in Media Production
Scottish Highers 96 points, to include Media grade B
Irish Leaving Certificate 96 points, to include Media grade B
International Baccalaureate 31-32 points, to include Media
Access to HE 96 UCAS Tariff points from Level 3 QAA approved Access programme. To include Media/Maths/Physics

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Personal Statement.

These are some of the things to talk about in your Personal Statement, although it does not need to cover each one:

  • What qualities would you bring to the programme?
  • What are your favourite films and who are your favourite editors?
  • What experience in production or film/media studies do you have, e.g. as a hobby outside your classes?
  • What kit and products have you worked with, and in what capacity?
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • What are your personal strengths and how do they equip you for a job in post production and/or VFX?
  • What work experience have you undertaken, and what did it involve?
  • Include a link to your online portfolio.


Include things that enable us to see the work being done at college, or as a hobby or extra curricula activity, such as:

  • Samples of work – A levels/BTEC
  • Photographic work
  • Sample stories/scripts
  • Best essay from media/film studies
  • Audio – podcasts, SoundCloud work
  • Your CV – include work experience, if any
  • YouTube channel
  • A show reel of best work from college/school

All applicants are interviewed.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

We’re looking for hard working and enthusiastic students who are passionate about post production and VFX.

No specific practical experience or filmmaking qualifications are required to get on to the course but an interest and some experience of post production would be an advantage.

A creative and professional mindset are a must alongside a genuine appetite to learn and a willingness to collaborate and work in teams.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.



Teaching is delivered through practical seminars, demonstration workshops, discussion seminars, large group lectures, small group supervision, personal tutorials, and online learning.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

You will use industry-standard design software and have access to computer facilities throughout your course.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and our computer laboratories.


Assessment is through practical course work and formal written essays.

There are no exams on this course

You will work both individually and in groups to create a range of projects for assessment


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

*You must achieve a pass mark of 50 and above in all Year 1 compulsory modules as a prerequisite, before progression to Year 2 optional modules.


Career Prospects

Graduates from this course will be well qualified to seek work in the media industry for entry level roles in different aspects of media production, audio and post-production, such as VFX artist and colour grader.

You will also have valuable technical and creative skills that will serve you in other areas of broadcast and online media and the digital creative sector more widely.

Transferable skills acquired on the course will also benefit graduates seeking roles in advertising, public relations, marketing and the entertainment industry.

Links with Industry

The course has links with the BBC, SIS, Aqiva, Granada, TSL, and Megahertz UK.

Placement Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to work on a range of creative projects with media production companies, and may be offered work placements with our industry partners.

Further Study

MA Media Production: Post-Production for TV

MA Media Production: Children's TV Production

MA Wildlife Documentary Production

MA Media Production: TV Documentary

MA Media Production: TV Drama


This course benefits from the brand new state-of-the-art facilities at MediaCityUK. These include a five-camera HD TV studio, a three-camera HD TV studio and a digital performance studio with full green screen capability. There are two 5.1 surround sound audio post production theatre, Pro Tools audio editing and Adobe Premier, Davinci Resolve and Avid software-enabled suites throughout the building. Editing suites are also equipped with a range of VFX software including Autodesk Flame, Maya and The Foundry Nuke studio.

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