VFX - Assistant Technical Director Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

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Duration: 18 Months
Location: Workplace and College
Sector: Creative

About the Course

The Assistant technical directors (ATDs) apprenticeship may perform a diverse series of technical support functions in order to ensure the smooth running of a visual effects project. They are responsible for:

  • supporting and troubleshooting the pipeline and workflow tools
  • providing technical assistance to people in creative departments
  • managing data and resources.

ATDs utilise a variety of industry standard graphical applications, scripting languages and operating systems. They may support projects by gathering artist requirements, designing solutions and coding small-scale tools using established employer workflow requirements. They are expected to work well within a team and to be good communicators and problem solvers.

What You'll Study

Topics covered in this apprenticeship include:

  • The importance and methods of retaining the quality of the source material.
  • The general VFX shot pipeline, including general knowledge of all artists’ roles within the shot’s lifetime and their needs and deliverables.
  • The film and/or TV shot pipeline, from pre-production, through shoot, editorial, VFX to grading.
  • The VFX production pipeline, including shot bidding, turn-over, briefing, reviews, client reviews, deliveries and final delivery
  • Approach to loading data from internal and external sources
  • Delivery and output formats
  • Visual effects terminology
  • And has a familiarity with industry-standard software packages e.g. Maya, Houdini, 3D Studio Max etc.

For more information on this apprenticeship please visit Institute of Apprenticeships.

What Will I Need

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include A levels (or equivalent level 3 qualification) in an ICT or moving picture related subject. Most candidates will also have English and Maths at level 2 on entry. Some employers may also ask for an online portfolio, coding examples or the completion of a timed assessment.


Apprenticeships are assessed by classroom study coursework and assessments along with on-the-job practicals.

What the Course leads to

On completion of this course, you can progress onto further study in this field or into a career in the creative sector

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