The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is to launch a new part-time certificate course to aid the increased demand for virtual production skills within the screen sector, in partnership with WarnerMedia.
WarnerMedia Access and StoryFutures Academy (a centre for immersive storytelling run by NFTS and Royal Holloway, University of London) will lead charge in training participants.
The NFTS Virtual Production Certificate is a six- month course. Participants will be introduced to the core technical and filmmaking required to work on virtual production projects using Unreal Engine (software developed by Epic Games offering a suite of development tools), aimed at creatives from varied technical and creative backgrounds including games, VFX, 3D animation, graphic design and those from camera department backgrounds.
To encourage diversity and inclusion, scholarship funding will be made available, with WarnerMedia and WarnerMedia Access underwriting 75% of the course fee. Additionally, the NTFS will provide further financial assistance to successful applicants from diverse groups who may require the hardware or software upgrades required to participate. Travel grants will also be made available so students will be able to participate, regardless of where they are based in the UK.
Made up of six modules, the course will be delivered via weekly online seminars, with six face to face weekend workshops taking place at the NFTS in Beaconsfield, home to a newly installed virtual production LED Stage.
The first intake of the 24- week certificate will start at the end of January 2022/