Careers advice for VFX, animation, post production, TV & film studios or SFX

If you are researching careers in post-production, visual effects or animation, we guess you will be looking for authoritative advice to help you with your choices.

What are the different job roles that are available? What qualifications do I need, if any? Can I do an apprenticeship, or should I go to uni? What’s it like to work in this industry? Are these “proper jobs”, which pay a good wage and give job security? Do I have to move to London? So many important questions that need answering.

There are some great resources available online that do just that and, on this page, we are going to introduce you to some of our favourites.

Our friends at Access:VFX are building up a library of content, blogs and podcasts that will give you great insights into what it’s like to work in VFX or animation.

If you really want to kick start your career, check out the NextGen Skills Academy courses in VFX, Animation and Games that are aimed at 16 to 18 year-olds. These are designed and supported by industry. The Level 3 courses are equivalent to A-Levels and give you a head start, whether want to study these subjects at university or to get an apprenticeship. The couses are avaialble in selected Further Education colleges around the UK.

NextGen also has information about apprenticeships in VFX

The main skills organisation for our sector is ScreenSkills and they too have information about the job roles available in the whole TV and film industry.

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