• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Start Date: September 2020

Course Overview

Our MA Pre-Visualisation course at Bucks is one of the only courses in the UK that has 3D Pre-Visualisation at its heart. It has been designed by industry professionals to be as current as possible and includes the most up-to-date virtual story telling techniques being used in the industry. So if you’re a graduate that has an interest in working as a previsualisation artist, this course is for you!

Pre-Visualisation artists have a very creative role in working out a story in its draft form. They will aid the Director in planning both live action and CGI animated scenes films, and these days most high budget productions will go through this process. So, we cover a broad range of highly desirable skills in the niche field of 3D Pre-Visualisation to equip you for the industry. Storyboarding techniques, 3D layout, motion capture and character animation are all essential skills that you will learn as well as the fundamental principles of cinematography.

Course Details

On this course a series of lectures will be taught on each module and then followed up with workshop style lessons for project work. You will be assessed through a mixture of written assessment, presentations and project submissions. There will also be opportunities where industry professionals working in the industry visit for enrichment days, masterclasses from current Pre-Visualisation Artists, and visits to studios.

We ensure that our course covers the most up-to-date techniques. Over the year, you will develop into a skilled director and will understand the 5 C’s of composition, continuity, cutting, close ups and camera angles. We will also delve into cinematic lighting, lens choice and advanced 3D virtual camera animation.

Whilst being equipped with specialist skills, you also have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment here at Bucks. For Pre-Visualisation, these include:

  • Animation Computer Labs
  • Specialist Software including Maya
  • Motion Capture facilities

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Fundamentals and Motion Capture
  • Storytelling and Emotion
  • Virtual Pre-visualisation
  • Post-visualisation
  • Production Project


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,500

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £13,000

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

As this course is very specific, you will be prepared to go directly into roles such as a Pre-Visualisation Artist, Post-Visualisation Artist or Virtual Production Artists. Our course takes reference from high profile films as the basis for learning and you will be prepared to find work in the industry on successful completion of the course.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.