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Escape Studios have been at the forefront of creative education since opening their doors in 2002. Offering undergraduate degrees in VFX, Games and Animation, they have a real-world approach to teaching, working directly with creative professionals and world-leading studios to design and deliver their courses.
Taught by industry experienced tutors in state-of-the-art facilities at their Midtown Campus, it’s no wonder their alumni (known as ‘Escapees’) have gone on to work at leading studios, including Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Cinesite, DNEG, Rockstar and Ubisoft.
Escape Studios alumni are a vibrant community of highly respected creative professionals working throughout the VFX, games, and animation industries for the likes of Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Cinesite, DNEG, Rockstar, and Ubisoft. You’ll find their ‘Escapees’ behind numerous Oscar and BAFTA-nominated films, 100s of award-winning films and television shows, and 1,000s of acclaimed commercials.
Escape Studios’ industry partners help design, develop and deliver their courses, so you can benefit from the best knowledge and experience. Along with studying in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, you’ll gain a true taste of life in the workplace. Not only will you graduate with a degree, but also a professional portfolio, which their tutors, mentors, and industry experts will help you to develop, getting you ready to present to employers in the creative industry. Their 2020 Careers Guide is available for current and prospective students to find out more about the opportunities in the industry.
Escape Studios offers the following undergraduate degrees which are validated by the University of Kent.
Escape Studios’ degrees are designed through their unique Degree Concept Team (DCT) approach. The DCT brings together experienced industry leaders and academics to design degrees that are relevant to employers. Professionals from Framestore, DNEG and other cutting-edge studios have helped them develop their undergraduate programmes.
On all undergraduate courses, you will be assessed on a range of different projects, both alone and working in teams. They keep class sizes small and contact hours high so you get a hands-on learning experience.
Experts within their field, tutors have all worked in successful studios. Packed with everything from The Dark Knight to Harry Potter and multiple PlayStation titles, their CVs don’t get much cooler. They teach real-world tips and tricks learnt from on-the-job experience and they make it fun too.
Being part of Escape Studios means you become part of their amazing student community. The community spans across the whole of Pearson College London, and events range from Freshers’ Week, to Star Wars themed boat parties, games nights, cinema screenings and pub quizzes for charity.
Pearson College Students' Association (PCSA) organises events for students, a voice for you at university, and much more. Throughout the year, they put on a range of different events, improve and expand existing clubs and societies, as well as starting new ones. Their activities are for both Escape Studios and Pearson Business School, to give their diverse range of students as many opportunities as possible to really get to know each other. The team is passed over to a new group of students each year, so it gives the opportunity for all students to get involved in the team and bring new ideas to the table.
Escape Studios offer 4 different options for accommodation;
The school reviews this accommodation every six months to ensure the standards are of the highest quality, because where you live is as important as where you study!
Escape Studios’ creative hub boasts the very best tools to get you equipped for this competitive, yet rewarding industry. The whole campus emulates a real-world production environment, so you will know what to expect from the professional studios.
Facilities are state-of-the-art, with industry-spec hardware and up to date software, such as Maya, Nuke and Unreal Engine. The degrees are taught in a studio environment, mirroring the industry-powered teaching. The small class sizes and lots of contact time means you’ll gain a hands-on learning experience. Along with a breakout space, free tea and coffee and all the latest industry magazines, there’s no end to creativity at Escape!
Escape Studios’ courses are taught at their Midtown Campus, located in Holborn, London. They’re at the centre of a global hotspot for creative industries, close to world-leading VFX studios, animation companies, creative startups and gaming giants – making it the perfect place to kick-start your career. Studying in London means you’re surrounded by shops, cinemas and culture, plus you’ll also find the MCM London Comic Con, EGX Rezzed Games Expo and the BFI Film Festival on your doorstep, meaning there’s plenty to keep you entertained both in and outside of the studio.
Pearson College Students' Association (PCSA) have a range of student-led clubs and societies. These include a running club, football club, finance society and model united nations society. As well as these societies, they have many more in the works, and if you want to start your own they can help you set it up.
Escape Studios will give you the help and support you need to make the most of your studies. They have a team on hand to help make daily life as easy as possible, so you can best concentrate on your studies, and have a great student experience.
All pupils are assigned a personal tutor, who’s available to talk about anything from work feedback to careers guidance or any problems you may be facing – their relaxed open door policy creates a comfortable environment.
There’s also an initiative designed to help you cope with unexpected situations, such as needing immediate financial support during your time studying. They welcome applications from candidates with disabilities or additional learning needs, and have a range of support available.
For a UG21 start, all their undergraduate courses cost £9,250 per year (scholarships and bursaries available).
Scholarships are developed with iconic professionals and offer a unique opportunity to be hand-picked by some of the biggest names in the industry. Every applicant is also considered for an Escape Studios scholarship as part of the Creative Workshop (part of the application process), and this can lead to your entire tuition fees being paid in full.
(BA/MArt) The Art of Visual Effects Scholarship
Paul Franklin, Co-Founder and Creative Director, DNEG
Paul Franklin has worked on some of the most memorable and successful films of recent times, including Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. His work on Inception won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and the BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects. He won a second Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Interstellar in 2014.
(BA/MArt) The Art of Computer Animation Scholarship
Eamonn Butler, Head of Animation at Cinesite
Eamonn started his career at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a 2D Animator. He spent 10 years at Disney, working on Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur and Chicken Little amongst other films. Eamonn has since transferred to the world of VFX animation and as Head of Animation at Double Negative he worked on box office hits such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Iron Man 2 and Edge of Tomorrow. For the last 4 years, Eamonn has been Head of Animation at Cinesite - an award-winning film and TV visual effects company based in London.
(BA/MArt) The Art of Video Games Scholarship
Tara Saunders, Head of Studio Operations, Sony Computer Entertainment
Tara joined Sony Computer Entertainment’s London Studio at the launch of the PlayStation 2. Since then she has been involved in many of the studio projects, most recently working on the studio endeavours into Virtual Reality gaming. Her career has seen her grow from a Junior Artist to her current role as a member of the studio management team, responsible for the art discipline within her studio. During her career Tara has been an active member of Bafta and has made a conscious effort to support the game developers of tomorrow through links with academia.
Offers onto Escape Studios undergraduate courses are made following completion of a Creative Workshop. They take students who have the talent to succeed and they know the best way to judge this is by looking at your portfolio, not just a set of academic grades.
You'd usually have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or equivalent and to have/or to be predicted 2 A levels or equivalent. If you don't have these, please contact the Admissions Team by emailing or calling +44 (0) 207 190 4452 and they'll be happy to discuss your options with you.
If your first language is not English you may need to complete an English language test, such as a Pearson English language test (PTE Academic) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your degree. All of their courses are taught in English.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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