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MA Pre-Visualisation

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe / BNU based at Pinewood Studios
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2022
Our MA in Pre-Visualisation offers you the chance to gain specialised skills and knowledge in this very niche field of film making. You will learn the process of pre-visualising camera angles, and camera movement before anything is even filmed.
The course of planning out complicated sequences in 3D has now become a recognised step in the pipeline of almost all large-scale film making ventures. The demand for skilled artists in this field of work has increased greatly and our course can help you start your journey in the industry.
You will spend your time studying at both our High Wycombe campus and Pinewood studio base, putting you right at the heart  of one of the UK’s most important creative communities.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

Up to now, most practitioners have gained experience with Previsualisation on the job, with very little formal training. The role was born out of the need for directors and producers to find ways of saving money within the costly film production arena. There are very few MA level courses available in the UK for students to study Previs and this course has been developed by leading industry practitioners to be current and on trend, introducing students to the latest technologies and working methodologies available today.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our MA Pre-Visualisation course at BNU 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!

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What facilities can I use?

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

  • animation Computer Labs
  • specialist Software including Maya
  • motion Capture facilities.

What will I study?

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.

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.

How will I be taught and assessed?

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.

Useful Documents

MA Pre-Visualisation Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical applicant will hold a related bachelor’s degree or be an industry-based professional who can demonstrate accomplishments in this area and would like to develop their skills with a view to reaching production standards required within the Pre Visualisation industry.

It would be expected that the students have a good basic understanding of 3D animation, modelling and texturing as well as experience using Maya before applying for this course.

Skills and knowledge of applicants will be assessed by the course team via interview, which will be mandatory for all applicants regardless of prior qualifications.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Fundamentals and Motion Capture

Storytelling and Emotion

Virtual Pre-visualisation


Production Project

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,800 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£14,300 per year

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

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.

Course leader

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Rob Penhaligon
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Niki Miller
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