13/07/2021

Categories: Film FX, Undergradute

Is a Career in Film & Television Right For You?

Special effects are one of the most exciting areas in film and television, but is it right for you? We discuss the pros and cons of working in this competitive industry.

The University of Bolton’s BDes Hons Special Effects for Film and Television degree is suitable for anyone who studied art at A-Level and wants to turn their creative skills into a career on set.

This is a discipline that allows you to bring imagination to life through skills such as modelmaking, prosthetic makeup, 2D and 3D computer modelling, and prototyping. But not all creatives are cut out for careers in film and TV.

Knowing how to get into the film industry is key, as it’s highly competitive. Here’s a look at what you can expect if you’re setting your sights on the entertainment sector.

Hard work (and willingness to learn)

You could be an amazing artist, but creativity alone won’t get you far when pursuing careers in film and TV. This is because it’s vital to be able to work to a brief. You’ll be designing something that aligns with the writers’, directors’ and producers’ different visions. So you’ll need to work hard at getting things right.

Your willingness to learn is important too, as hands-on experience is going to set you apart. Invest time in building your portfolio, and be prepared to start from the bottom.

No courses found

BDes (Hons) BDes (Hons) Special Effects for Film and Television
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) BDes (Hons) Special Effects Modelmaking for Film and Television
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) BDes (Hons) Special Make-up Effects for Film and TV
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons) Visual Effects and Animation
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) BDes (Hons) Special Effects for Film and Television with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) BDes (Hons) Special Effects Modelmaking for Film and Television with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BDes (Hons) BDes (Hons) Special Make-up Effects for Film and TV with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons) Visual Effects and Animation with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

MA MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries: Extended
Full-time
Mode of study
18 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism): Extended
Full-time
Mode of study
18 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA Film FX Creative Practice
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries
Part-time
Mode of study
24 months
Duration

University of Bolton

MA MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
Part-time
Mode of study
24 months
Duration

University of Bolton

Related articles

myBolton

Download the app for your smartphone from:

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
RiSE pos rgb logo
TEF Silver QQA Scheme Participant

Help Centre

We have the answers to your questions, find all the advice and support in one place.

Part of the University of Bolton Group

Bolton college
Alliance learning
Anderton centre2
RiSE pos rgb logo
TEF Silver QQA Scheme Participant