The University of Greenwich is partnering with Final Pixel Academy to launch an eight-week course focusing on the skills needed for virtual production.
The course, called New and Emerging Technology, runs across four, two-week sprints, and aims to expose students to iterative workflows and key elements of virtual production.
It is being offered to third-year film and TV students at the University, and will cover creative development, including end-to-end virtual production workflow; production design, including VFX skills, Unreal Engine design, virtual art department skills and production design; and on-stage production, such as LED wall building, studio management and camera tracking.
Dr Jodi Nelson-Tabor, senior lecturer at the University of Greenwich, who developed the course with Final Pixel, said: “As visual effects start to embrace the film industry via virtual production amid a landscape shaped by high demands for content, the industry’s talent pool is also expanding and overlapping with other industries.
“There exists, however, a wide skills gap in the labour marketplace and it is vital that universities like Greenwich look ahead to the industrial needs of the future and ensure it is producing highly-skilled graduates with the correct skills to fill these critical shortages. This course helps ensure our graduates are more employable in today’s media industry.”
Michael McKenna, CEO and co-founder of Final Pixel, added: “The demand for virtual production services is growing day by day. We rely on graduates from film schools, universities and apprentice programs to fill a variety of roles from producers to VFX artists to specialists in our virtual art department. Working with education institutions like the University of Greenwich ensures we can share our knowledge of real-world shoots and shape the curriculum to teach skills that the production industry is demanding.”