Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Post Production and VFX

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

Post Production and VFX are two ever changing and constantly evolving areas of media production. The skills and blend of theory and practical 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 constantly changing industry.

This course works on the principle practices of media workflows and will cover all areas of post production from initial shooting through edit and sound design to VFX creation, colour grading and distribution. Teamwork and collaborative practices 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.

You will: 
  • Develop the creative and technical skills you will need to produce high quality post production and VFX visuals 

  • Study at state-of-the-art facilities on our MediaCityUK campus 

  • Provided with a solid grounding in the specialist skills and advanced theory that apply to contemporary post-production practices 

Find out more by signing up to our upcoming Open Day, or if you have any generic questions please contact course enquiries.

You can also find helpful FAQs, learn more about student life at Salford or explore all our Film, TV and Media courses. Continue reading to understand more about this BA (Hons) Post Production and VFX course. 


students accepted

This is for you if...


you want a good grounding in all areas of post-production and video FX


you want opportunities to learn cutting-edge technologies from industry practitioners and to work on industry live briefs


you are interested in how media production happens and how visual media reaches its audience

Course details

All about the course

Year one

3D with 2D Content Generation

VFX Fundamentals

Introduction to Media Workflows

Craft Editing Fundamentals

History of Editing and VFX

Shooting for Post Production

Year two

VFX Effects and Practices

Applied Technologies for VFX

Long Form Editing for Broadcast

Landmarks in Editing and VFX

Short Form Editing for Online and Events

Collaborative Workflows with Industry Brief

Year three

Advanced VFX

Advanced Editing and Audio

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.

What will I be doing?


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

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

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

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).


All our Film, TV and Media courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology.  

Our School and University have strong and long-lasting relationships with local and national industry.  

Once you graduate with us, you’ll join a thriving alumni community in Greater Manchester and beyond.


This course benefits from the brand new state-of-the-art facilities at MediaCityUK. These include a 5-camera HD TV studio, a 3-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.

MediaCityUK offers a wide range of skills workshop that students can undertake which run on a cyclical basis and cover basic to advanced training in a range of software and topics including introduction to 3D modelling, compositing skills for animators and colour grading. In addition to media skills there are a wide range of course to enable students to enhance their academic and literary skills and these courses are run regularly throughout the academic year.

There is the opportunity and potential for students to take a number of industry accredited courses including Avid Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve. The courses cover a wide range of subject and topics and are industry recognised courses with a defined syllabus and training agenda. Each of the potential course has an exam and at the end of the exam student have the opportunity to progress to more advanced levels.

There is the potential for all the extra-curricular courses to have a cost attached for training material and in particular books.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

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, VFX artist and colour graders.

They will also have valuable technical and creative skills that will serve them in other areas of broadcast and on-line 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.


What you need to know


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

No specific filmmaking qualifications or practical experience 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.

These are some of the things to talk about in your Personal Statement – it does not need to be every one:

  • What qualities would you bring to the programme?

  • What are your Favourite films and editors?
  • Experience in production or in film/media studies/as a hobby/or what production or post production work you do outside your classes – what kit, what films/products have you worked on and in what capacity.
  • Your career aspiration?
  • Your personal strengths and how that identifies you with a job in post production and/VFX
  • Any work experience and what you did in that work experience.
  • 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, such as:

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

All applicants will be required to be interviewed

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.


Standard entry requirements

English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this


English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is required. Maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

A level

104 points including Media

UCAS tariff points

104 points and above

BTEC National Diploma

MMM including Media Production

Access to HE

Pass Level 3 QAA approved Access Diploma with 96 points, to include Media

Scottish Highers

104 points including Media Studies 

Irish Leaving Certificate

104 points including Media Studies 

International Baccalaureate

31 points including Media

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60%, including Media 

Alternative entry requirements

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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,240per year
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15600per year
Additional costs

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

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID P391

Institution S03

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