About School

At Escape Studios, we offer undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics. We work with an impressive list of industry partners to design and deliver our courses, from MPC, DNEG, Framestore and The Mill, through to Jellyfish Pictures, Milk and BlueBolt, to name just a few! Do you have raw talent and big aspirations? If you're willing to put in the time, passion and hard work necessary, we can promise you a highly vocational, industry-focused training experience, giving you the skills you need to graduate job-ready.

Study in the heart of London's creative scene in our state-of-the-art facilities using professional tools and techniques for a real-life studio experience. Our tutors are experts and have all worked in successful studios. Packed with everything from The Dark Knight to Harry Potter, Thor: Ragnarok and multiple PlayStation titles, their CVs don't get much cooler! Through our industry partners, you'll get to meet, receive feedback and learn from some of the most creative and influential names in the industry as we invite guest speakers and tutors to the studios from the likes of Framestore, Creative Assembly or DNEG.

Our short courses are strongly vocational, designed to give you professional studio experience and train you to the latest standards. After most of our full-time programmes, you'll get a full package of career development support for 12 months after your course.

General Info

Facilities

Escape occupies the third floor of the Pearson building in High Holborn in Central London. It consists of ten computer labs which vary in size and purpose, depending whether they are purposed for Undergraduate courses or short more specialist offers. Generally rooms are kitted out with 20 workstations. There are breakout alcoves (suitable for independent studying and chats), and a communal kitchen with free tea and a coffee machine. There is a glass partitioned staff room meaning staff are available outside of teaching hours. Each course cohort has a tutor and a Studio Assistant.

Facilities are deliberately not open 24/7, but rather 8.30am-10pm, although weekend access is available. A Student Services department looks after issues around wellbeing and finance. In terms of accommodation Escape has an ongoing arrangement with a Halls of Residence supplier. Being part of Pearson College London means we can leverage economies of scale in terms of student support and access to business workshops and talent development through the resident Centre for Industry Engagement (CIE)

Staff

As staff are recruited from the industry and as they retain those links they are always the first to hear of new processes and techniques. In 2020 one of our senior VFX staff even joined ILM as Senior Trainer. Tutors have access to common training material and VPN access to software at home. Recent purchase of a range of training assets have enabled several staff to sharpen up and prioritise their learning in Houdini.

Employment Rates

100% of our 2019 graduating animation class now have their names attached to an award-winning film project and have their own entry at the IMDB - an important milestone in any film career. For details of employment, check out the alumni pages on their website.

Student Showcase

Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork Escape Studios students produce during their education.

Will Brosch

I aim to get hired as an environment artist, hopefully in a studio where i can work with experienced artists and learn from them!

Fabrizio Bergamo

I want to join the game industry and put my enthusiasm and passion in the development of amazing experiences.

Thomas Djalloul

I would love to see my name on the credits of a game

Viktor Pecsi

My goal is to create beautiful environments at a AAA studio. I'd love to inspire others with my work.

David Michael Armstrong

Currently, I wish to break into the industry to acclimatize to operating within a professional pipeline and refine my skills.

β€’Michael Davies, Animation Programme leader

In November 2019, we had our Graduation Ceremony for our first ever Undergraduates on our Animation, VFX and Games Programmes. The event was high with emotion as this was a new event for Escape Studios, and the students were incredibly excited to finally finish their academic journeys. Something that was a very unexpected outcome of the day was just how excited the students were about the work they had been doing during the last few months since I had seen them last. We have Production Assistants at Sony Playstation, Junior Animators creating magic dragons for John Lewis, Adverts with Untold VFX, and animating Cats at MPC! Students who had been so nervous about their futures were shouting for joy that in just a few months, they were already working and making a difference in the industries that they worked so hard to join

Courses

We’re boutique and specialist. We offer 360 degree talent development around VFX, Computer Animation, VFX and Motion Graphics. Our courses range from short courses, degree and integrated Masters, mentoring, webinars, a VFX festival and industry events. We teach beginners, internediate and even help re-skill industry too. Entry to our Degree courses are through Creative Workshops where applicants are put into teams to work with strangers on creative pitches and are then assessed for entry. We know the industry value team players, and as such we use these tasks to check applicants’ potential. Each applicant also has to show their work to 2 x tutors in separate interviews.

BA (Honours)/MArt The Art of Visual Effects (Integrated Masters)

Our course is perfect for those looking to gain knowledge of 3D VFX and Compositing, the degree will provide you with the professional skills that the industry is looking for or even to start your own studio. Learn to be a creative artist from day one - working in industry-style studios using the latest tools and techniques and working as part of a team on high quality creative projects. You’ll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors, who alongside practising professionals will provide regular feedback on your work. You'll graduate studio ready with a professional portfolio of work to show employers and a degree validated by the University of Kent.


BA (Honours)/MArt The Art of Video Games (Integrated Masters)

Our degree is perfect for those wanting to become a Games Artist, it will provide you with both the professional skills and knowledge that the industry is looking for or even to start your own studio. Become a Games Artist from day one - working in industry-style studios using the latest tools and techniques and working as part of a team on high quality creative projects. You’ll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors, who alongside practising professionals will provide regular feedback on your work.

BA (Honours)/MArt The Art of Computer Animation (Integrated Masters)

Our animation degree has been developed in collaboration with top practitioners to provide you both the professional skills and knowledge that the industry is looking for.
Bring your characters to life from day one - working in industry-style studios using the latest tools and techniques and working as part of a team on high quality creative projects. You'll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors, who alongside practising animation professionals will provide regular feedback on your work


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