This apprenticeship is no longer available. You might be interested in the junior visual effect (VFX) artist or assistant technical director apprenticeship instead.

Provide technical assistance, troubleshoot workflow issues, and manage data and resources

Visual effects describe any imagery created, altered, or enhanced for moving media. They involve the integration of live-action footage and computer-generated imagery to create images that look realistic but would be dangerous, costly or simply impossible to capture during live-action shooting. During the assistant visual effects technical director apprenticeship, you’ll perform a diverse series of technical support functions in order to ensure the smooth running of a visual effects project, including supporting and troubleshooting the pipeline and workflow tools; providing technical assistance to the creative departments; and managing data and resources. You’ll develop the ability to utilise a variety of industry standard graphical applications, scripting languages and operating systems, and may support projects by gathering artist requirements, designing solutions and coding small-scale tools using established employer workflow requirements.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Art and ICT

Entry requirements for the assistant visual effects technical director apprenticeship: A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification in a moving picture, or art-related subject, as well as English and maths at level 2. Employers may also ask for an online portfolio

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

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