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Introduction to VFX in Blackmagic Fusion

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Course intake: Jan 2020

This course will develop your understanding of the concepts and technical processes involved in VFX.

It will introduce you to 2D and 3D compositing software. While working with this software, you will be exploring keying, masking and tracking. You will be introduced to the exciting and growing world of the VFX industry in London and the key contacts that will help you progress after postgraduate study.

Suitable for beginners looking to learn Blackmagic Fusion.

Will I have access to editing facilities?

Yes, there are a number of Mac editing rooms at LSBU, some of which are individual editing suites. You will have access to these throughout the duration of the course.

Do I need to buy the Studio version of DaVinci Resolve for this course?

Not at all. You can use the free version for the majority of lessons and then make use of our computers when we cross into Studio territory (1 lesson).

Your free copy of DaVinci Resolve can be accessed at home to practice on between sessions. You'll also have an official training book via PDF.


28 Jan 6-9pm
4 Feb 6-9pm
11 Feb 6-9pm
18 Feb 6-9pm
25 Feb 6-9pm
3 Mar 6-9pm
10 Mar 6-9pm
17 Mar 6-9pm
24 Mar 6-9pm
31 Mar 6-9pm
7 Apr 6-9pm
14 Apr 6-9pm
21 Apr 6-9pm
28 Apr 6-9pm
5 May 6-9pm


Topics covered:

  • Exploring the interface
  • Compositions and settings
  • Working with nodes
  • Keyframes, interpolation and easing
  • Applying effects
  • Masks
  • Preferences and key settings
  • Rendering and exporting
  • Chroma keying
  • Planar tracking
  • Working in a 3D environment
  • 3D text
  • 3D cameras
  • Particles


Can I get a Blackmagic Design accreditation following this course?

Yes! Following the completion of the course, you will be given an opportunity to sit the exam to become an accredited user in Blackmagic Design’s Fusion.

Teaching and learning

The course will be taught by Michael Healy and Ben Mallaby.

Michael Healy  a post-production tutor with significant experience delivering classes based around colour grading at MET Film School, Academy Class, SAE Institute and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Michael has been a guest speaker for Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin, returning for their Summer Skills Programme in 2019. He is an accredited Blackmagic Design trainer working closely with them to deliver courses based around DaVinci Resolve. His speciality is colour grading, but also enjoys teaching VFX, editing and post-production audio.

Ben Mallaby is a BAFTA-nominated comedy director of commercials and short films for festivals and online. He has recently completed a six-part web series for BBC3 with Tiger Aspect called ‘Climaxed’. His films have been screened at the BFI London Film Festival and have won awards internationally.

Entry requirements

  • A relevant BA or a showreel of edited material.

How to apply

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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