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Apprenticeship training course

Junior visual effects - VFX artist or assistant technical director - ATD (level 4)

Create high quality, performant visuals within budgets.

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
  • Assistant technical director
  • Cg artist
  • Cg generalist
  • Junior 2d artist
  • Junior 3d artist
  • Junior compositor
  • Junior pipeline technical director
  • Layout artist
  • Lighting artist
  • Matchmove artist
  • Previz artist
  • Roto/prep artist
  • Technical runner
  • Texture artist
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Identify the information required, and gather the appropriate research or 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 tasks, taking into account the needs of other departments in the production pipeline
  • Use appropriate techniques to reduce degradation of the source material
  • Identify render errors and fix/escalate them as appropriate
  • Work in line with agreed workflows, adapting to operational and creative changes as they occur
  • 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
  • Interpret and correct lens distortion, parallax and overscan
  • Multitask on simultaneous projects, often for different clients, deciding how to prioritise the work to ensure that all tasks are completed on schedule
  • Respond positively to feedback on work, making refinements as needed
  • Apply the naming conventions, file formats and version control for the work
  • Deliver content in the correct format as required by the employer and clients
  • Use maths to describe problems, recreate physical systems or manipulate computer generated geometry
  • Move, store and organise assets created, ensuring data integrity, in order to enable their use throughout the rest of the pipeline
  • Analyse and determine the most appropriate approach to carry out the work
  • Trouble shoot VFX problems, taking responsibility for the course of action followed, including identifying opportunities to deliver viable solutions and sharing these outcomes.

Full information on Junior visual effects - VFX artist or assistant technical director - ATD (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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