New VFX apprenticeship standards developed

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Industry experts are asked to provide feedback on two new VFX apprenticeship standards that are currently being developed.

New VFX apprenticeship standards for 3D artists, supervisors, and technical directors are being developed. The trailblazer group developing the standards includes representatives from DNEG, The Mill, MPC, Blue Zoo, Outpost VFX, Union Visual Effects, ILM, UKSA and Framestore.

The proposed standards are:

Junior 3D VFX Artist (Level 4) 

Equivalent to a foundation degree, this standard is designed to round out our current Level 4 offering which already includes a Junior 2D Artist and Assistant Technical Director standard. The Junior VFX Artist standard is designed to be more 3D orientated than the existing two and focuses predominantly on tracking/matchmove, layout and pre-visualisation skills. 

You can read the proposed standard here.

VFX Supervisor (Level 7) 

Equivalent to a masters degree, this standard is designed to enable supervisors to be trained while still performing their current role. It develops skills in managing client expectations, on set etiquette and duties and how to drive a project or studio from a technique/technology and people management perspective.

You can read the proposed standard here.


The trailblazer group are calling for industry professionals to consult on these proposals and are asking for industry responses to the following questions: 

  • Do you feel that there is a definite need for an apprenticeship at this level/for this role?
  • Without making any commitment, how many apprentices do you anticipate you might place on this apprenticeship each year?
  • Are there any comments you would like to make about this apprenticeship or issues that you wish to raise?

Please email your responses to

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