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Abertay University: Technical Art and Visual Effects

Institution Abertay University View institution profile
Department School of Design and Informatics
Telephone 01382 308080
Study type Taught


The games industry's rapid growth demands innovative visual content, pushing developers to new creative heights. In parallel, the film and television industry faces similar challenges, adapting to an ever-expanding global audience and the rise of streaming platforms. This shared landscape necessitates cutting-edge content that resonates across diverse markets.

To meet these requirements, there have been pioneering shifts in production approaches, placing new emphasis on real-time (RT) technologies, and interactive, immersive and programmable methods.

These emerging aspects of Technical Art and Visual Effects, means the sector is changing very quickly. Employers simply do not have the time or resources to train people ‘on the job’. The lack of employable talent is well recognised and is exacerbated by the emergence of the Virtual Production (VP) Industry.

Addressing the role of the Technical Artist

MSc Technical Art and Visual Effects is one of the first Master’s programmes to specifically address the role of the Technical Artist. It's this role that enables the delivery of creative solutions to complex artistic and logistical production challenges. Demand for this skillset is extremely high and only set to increase.

This programme will enable you to enter the industry with the most up-to-date creative and production approaches and real time software and hardware experience.

The technical and creative content of this programme encompasses engine programming, pipelines, VFX, optimisation, tools development, art, and animation pipelines. The knowledge and skills learnt on this programme will enable you to enter the marketplace with the most up-to-date creative and production approaches and RT software and hardware experience.


The University

Abertay University is based in the heart of beautiful Dundee on Scotland’s east coast. We pride ourselves on a range of postgraduate courses aimed at preparing you for the industries and jobs of the modern world.

Our postgraduate taught programmes specialise in artificial intelligencebusinesscyber securitycomputer gamescounselling and engineering. We were the first university in the world to launch computer games and ethical hacking programmes, and we are ranked top 10 in the world for postgraduate computer games programmes by the prestigious Princeton Review. The city of Dundee, thanks in …

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