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Apprenticeship training course

Assistant technical director (visual effects) (level 4)

Supporting visual effects (VFX) projects by providing technical assistance to creative departments, troubleshooting workflow issues, and managing data and resources.

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
  • FX artists
  • Pipeline technical directors
  • riggers
  • software developers
  • supervisors
  • technical directors
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Select and use appropriate software tools and techniques
  • Use appropriate techniques to reduce degradation of the source material (for example colour correction concatenation and single step filtering on transformations)
  • Use appropriate VFX terminology
  • Show technical competence in at least one industry standard VFX software
  • Use FTP clients (tools to transfer computer files) and external hard drives
  • Create Quicktimes
  • Package assets for client delivery
  • Use disk management and general processes for the movement of data around the internal system
  • Convert, resize and rename various file types
  • Monitor, track and report data usage
  • Identify data for archival and removal
  • Undertake final archiving and subsequent data restoration from archives
  • Monitor, manipulate and report on render queues
  • Monitor, track and report render resource usage
  • Identify render errors and fix/escalate them as appropriate
  • Identify, collect and migrate data to/from a range of systems
  • Manipulate and link different data sets as required
  • Interpret and apply the organisation’s data and information security standards, policies and procedures to data management activities
  • Perform database queries across multiple tables to extract data for analysis
  • Demonstrate how to build efficient tools and identify how to improve efficiency in existing tools
  • Build tools with flexibility in mind, to be able to quickly respond to changes to the brief
  • Accurately bid/estimate how long tasks will take
  • Complete tasks within the time allocated
  • Use maths to manipulate computer generated geometry
  • Use maths to recreate physical systems
  • Use maths to describe problems and solutions
  • Accurately gather requirements from intended users
  • Design elegant solutions that satisfy the brief with extensibility in mind
  • Present proposed solution and respond to feedback
  • Investigate existing solutions or frameworks
  • Plan and document development roadmap
  • Write good quality code (logic) with sound syntax in at least one language
  • Troubleshoot individual artist/TD input, output or archival problems
  • Support or troubleshoot pipeline and workflow tools

Full information on Assistant technical director (visual effects) (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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