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Apprenticeship training course

Junior vfx artist (generalist) (level 4)

Select and use relevant 3D software to create visually engaging motion graphics, animations or images (assets).

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Junior 3D artist
  • Layout artist
  • Matchmove artist
  • Previz artist
  • Tracker
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Identify the information required, and gather the appropriate research and reference materials to carry out your work to expected creative, narrative and technical standards on each production
  • Select the appropriate software and technique to meet the required standards and brief, taking into account the needs of other departments in the production pipeline
  • Analyse and determine the most appropriate approach to carry out the work
  • Select and use software to create: a model, a texture map, puppet rig and blocked animation to meet the requirements of the brief
  • Store and organise assets in order to enable their use throughout the rest of the pipeline
  • Operate within and adhere to agreed organisational policies, standards and procedures such as health & safety, confidentiality, security, asset storage and legal and regulatory requirements
  • Manage own workload and operate both individually and as part of a wider VFX team, keeping colleagues, clients and/or other departments updated on progress and report any issues arising
  • Use reliable information to keep-up-to date with the new tools, software, data and other related technology, and how they affect your work
  • Present findings and conclusions to meet the needs of the audience
  • Identify render errors and fix/escalate them as appropriate
  • Apply render settings across multiple assets
  • Review assets created with the relevant people, offering suggestions to assist others with the production
  • Respond positively to feedback about the assets created, making refinements as needed
  • Work in line with agreed workflows, adapting to operational and creative changes as they occur
  • Trouble shoot VFX problems, taking responsibility for the course of action followed and sharing solutions
  • Escalate VFX problems to the appropriate person if it can’t be solved, and act on the advice given to solve the problem
  • Analyse, interpret and use on-set data and information
  • Create accurate point tracks and planar tracks in line with production requirements
  • Interpret and correct lens distortion, parallax and overscan
  • Model and manipulate geometry for scene reconstruction
  • Multitask on simultaneous projects, often for different clients, deciding how to prioritise the work to ensure that all tasks are completed on schedule
  • Ensure data integrity when moving assets between storage systems
  • Deliver content in the correct format as required by the employer and clients

Full information on Junior vfx artist (generalist) (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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