BA (Hons) Visual Effects | Asia Pacific University (APU)

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BA (Hons) Visual Effects

3 Years (6 Semesters)

APU, Malaysia

14 Apr 2021 | 03 May 2021

Intakes: 31 May 2021

APU-DMU Dual Degree Programme

Students who are under Bachelor’s Degree Programme will have the option to opt-in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Scheme. Under this Scheme, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts upon graduation: 1 from Asia Pacific University (APU), Malaysia and 1 from De Montfort University (DMU), UK.

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“Visual effects involve the integration of live-action footage and generated imagery to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, costly, or simply impossible to capture on film”.

Visual effects (commonly shortened to Visual FX or VFX) can be added to live-action, captured through techniques such as matte painting; rear- and front- screen projection; miniature or forced perspective sets; computer graphic objects, characters, and environments; and compositing of images recorded in any number of ways. A high demand of CGI has made visual effects more accessible and hence its presence is felt all around us.

The VFX award is for applicants looking for a career in the film, post-production or games industries - although some graduates may move onto positions within architectural visualisation, re-touching/advertising agencies or postgraduate study. VFX is predominantly about ideas and concept generation for film or games, covering characters, vehicles, products, clothing, sets and environments - ultimately taking those ideas through to finished concept artwork or 3D models.

More than ever, the film and games industries need tangible, exciting plots/scenarios with characters, environments and props to match them. Students develop ideas sometimes as 2D artwork concepts, complemented by accurate 3D digital modelling, coupled with green screen/compositing techniques. Design methodology, concept origination, speculative design, visualisation skills, life drawing, physical sketch and facsimile modelling provide traditional design skills.

This programme is specifically designed to provide:

  • This programme aims to produce  students with the knowledge and skills to  support  the  study  and development of conceptual artwork, digital assets for both film or games industries and visual effects (VFX) work as a creative and dynamic activity. To develop the organizational qualities, communication skills necessary for the effective exchange of ideas, information and teamwork; with particular emphasis on understanding production ‘pipelines’ associated with VFX industries.

​​Admission Requirements:

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements

A Pass in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.00) in any 2 subjects.


2 Passes in A-Level.


5 Grade B's in UEC.


A Pass in Matriculation or Foundation studies with minimum CGPA of 2.00.


A Diploma in Design & Media or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.50. Candidates with CGPA below 2.50 but above 2.00 may be admitted subject to a rigorous internal interview or submitting a relevant portfolio.


Note: All applicants will be individually assessed via a portfolio, interview including drawing.

Note: Equivalent qualification and / or experience which is recognized by the Senate / institution.


International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
• TOEFL IBT : 35-45
• Pearson (PTE) : 36
• MUET : Band 3 

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents. 

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

What You Will Study:


Level 1 of VFX will focus on getting the basics right. The students will be exposed to drawing and concept sketching techniques, creative thinking for visual design, understanding the importance of research and analysis in conceiving a concept. Technically they will be introduced to the VFX workflow via Digital Art and Illustration, 3D Modelling and Compositing Techniques. Team Work, Project Management and Presentation is an integral part of the learning process.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Intro to Creative Project
  • Applied Timing
  • Illustration for Concept Art
  • Cinema Film Analysis
  • 3D Pipeline
  • Advance 3D Pipeline
  • Digital Illustration
  • Digital Compositing


In Level 2, the modules strengthen the core skills of the students. Moving on from Year 1 the students are trained to emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving skills. They are exposed to advanced 3D Modelling and Compositing skills on software’s that are currently used by the VFX Industry. The students have the choice of selecting their elective module to strengthen their skills in their field of choice.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • From Script to Screen
  • Digital Film Production
  • Effects & Simulation
  • Rigging for Animation
  • Visual Culture
  • Character Concept Design
  • Advanced Digital Compositing
  • Set Design
  • Digital Sculpting
  • CGI Production

INTERNSHIP (12 weeks)

Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 12 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.


In Level 3 the students will be implementing their prior knowledge and skills to create professional portfolio projects as part of the final year projects. From Proposal Pitch, Pre Production, Production and Post Production the students go through the entire process to create their FYP with constant guidance from experts and industry professionals. The students are given the opportunity to exhibit their showreel in an year end show that will involve industry partners and potential employers which provides them the avenue for immediate employment.

Common Modules

Specialised and Option Modules
  • Sound Design
  • Animation Techniques for Games
  • Research Project Report
  • Exhibition Design
  • Team Production Project Proposal
  • Professional Project – Specialization Proposal
  • Team Production Project
  • Professional Project – Specialization Proposal

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)

Career Options:

  • 2D Artist
  • Previs Artist
  • 3D Generalist 
  • Modeller
  • Lighting Artist
  • Matchmove Artist
  • Matte Painter
  • Story Baord Artist
  • Rigger
  • Animator
  • Motion Graphics Artist
  • Digital Compositor
  • Producer
  • Technical Director
  • Concept Artist
  • Roto Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • VFX Coordinator
  • Creative Director

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

Year 1: RM 26,000
Year 2: RM 27,500
Year 3: RM 28,300
Total: RM 81,800

Year 1: RM 28,600 (USD 7,150)
Year 2: RM 29,700 (USD 7,430)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)
Total: RM 88,200 (USD 22,060)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.


"Medieval Taverns" - 3D Concept Design by Isaac Chey

"Remake" - The Art of VFX by Jaichandran Praise Anushruthi

3D Modelling by Lee Jun Kiat

"Cyberpunk" - Digital Compositing Project by Goh Siew Ling, Li MakSim and Shirokov Alexandr

"Terransith" - Games Environment Design by Shubham Tirkey


All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.