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Apprenticeship training course

VFX artist or technical director (level 6)

Create content, by producing objects, images or scenes that render together with live footage for the final image.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Creature FX Technical Director
  • Crowd Technical Director
  • Environment Technical Director
  • FX Technical Director
  • Lighting Technical Director
  • Look Development Artist
  • Rigging Technical Director
  • Texture Artist
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Core - Interpret the brief and identify tangible assets to meet the specifications. Identify the resources required and any interacting factors, in order to meet the specification.
  • Core - Critically evaluate the brief, checking for any missing information and clarifying the outcomes.
  • Core - Assess and evaluate the VFX processes and workflow required to complete the tasks within timescales, developing a plan for VFX deliverables
  • Core - Take responsibility for competing priorities, multiple stakeholders or projects simultaneously, adapting approach to achieve the required production outcome without impact on relationships or deliverables.
  • Core - Apply industry and organisational standards regarding the selection and use of workflows, software packages and tools.
  • Core - Monitor and evaluate the agreed workflow and methods and make recommendations to improve workflows, packages or tools.
  • Core - Provide VFX work in progress as part of the dailies review process; evaluate and act on feedback to maintain delivery timelines, technical requirements and outputs.
  • Core - Provide information and rationale for the development of organisational policies, standards and procedures such as confidentiality, security, asset storage, legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Core - Apply problem solving techniques to determine the root cause of technical challenges, adapt approach whilst recognising the impact this could have on other workflow stages and departments.
  • Core - Write scripts or code to customise software or pipeline tools, simplify/automate processes or procedurally generate assets. Solve technical or creative problems, improve efficiency and/or reduce errors for the requirements of the project or department.
  • Core - Research and analyse information to keep-up-to date with the new tools, software, data and other related technology. Critically evaluate how they could impact on personal development and the potential wider impact across the department and organisation.
  • Core - Present findings and the wider business implications. Adapt communication style to influence and meet the needs of the audience.

Full information on VFX artist or technical director (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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