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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


London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

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Entry Level Requirements

  • A relevant BA or a showreel of edited material.

Missing English and Maths qualifications?

If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.

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 Assessment

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.

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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500