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"Europe’s leading visual effects (VFX) academy, Escape Studios sprang into life in 2002, to solve the industry’s lack of studio-ready VFX talent"


Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London is Europe’s leading VFX academy, dedicated to preparing artists for a career within the VFX and Games industries. We opened our doors back in 2002, when the barriers to entry in the creative industries were at their peak. Today, we set ourselves apart by being the go-to destination for Oscar-winning studios by providing the industry with the next generation of studio-ready artists.

If you put in the time, passion and hard work, we promise to deliver a highly vocational, industry-focused training experience, and make you a part of a long-lasting global community.

Our courses are designed with industry experts and delivered at our London campus, while also offering an online training alternative to suit each individual. With the new additions of Games and Animation to our curriculum, our portfolio spans from short intensive courses in 3D VFX and Compositing (2D), Motion Graphics and Games, to postgraduate options including a Postgraduate Certificate which can be taken in both routes or Masters (MA) in Visual Effects and Game Art.

Find out more about our range of courses.

Escape is located in the heart of London’s Shepherds Bush, a thriving creative neighbourhood, which emulates a real-world production environment. Our classrooms recreate the technology, collaborative workspaces and overall atmosphere found in today’s top VFX studios.

Celebrate the creative industries with us at The VFX Festival 2016 (a sell-out event) – now incorporating Games and Animation.

Pretty intriguing right? We're all about serious fun...

Come check it out for yourself, What've you got to lose?

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Subject strengths

Our portfolio allows you to specialise in 3D Visual Effects (VFX), Compositing (2D), Games and Motion Graphics. You can choose to study full-time, part-time or online and there is a range of qualifications available from our advanced short intensive courses to the MA programmes. However you would like to study, Escape Studios offers an option to suit all artists.

Full-time courses:

Part-time, evening courses:

Online learning courses:

Drop by our London studio at our next Open Day, to see how we do things at Escape Studios HQ. What've you got to lose?

If you'd like to try before you buy... we've got you covered!

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Student life

Our students at Escape are talented, passionate and creative. 

We take their raw talent and big aspirations and shape them into the finished article demanded by today’s world-leading studios. When you commit the time, passion, and hard work, we promise an unparalleled, industry-focused training experience that will change your life.

Make you studio ready – every aspect of the learning experience here at Escape Studios is designed to reflect the very latest professional studios, including our workspaces, software, hardware and overall atmosphere. That means our graduates are ready to hit the ground running on day one of their first industry job. And they do, year, after year.

Teach you through hands-on, intensive training – by using a combination of intimate classroom (or online) training, rigorous practical challenges and regular one-to-one support from our dedicated industry tutors. As a result, we help our students graduate with real-world, up-to-the-minute VFX knowledge and skills, to take with them into their careers. 

Immerse you in the latest industry knowledge – our tutors, guest tutors and advisory board come from some of the best studios and most amazing productions in the VFX industry. Combine that with our close ties to software manufacturers, world-leading studios and a host of industry luminaries, and it means our students enjoy an industry-based experience that’s second to none. All our courses are shaped by our industry partners and depending on your course, you may get the chance to learn directly from them, or visit their studios. 

Transform you into a visual junkie – all our students graduate with a real passion for VFX and because our whole campus emulates a real-world production environment, you’ll find yourself surrounded by VFX culture and art references everywhere. You’ll be learning in an authentic environment and get a flavour of future workplaces to come! 

We’ll induct you into the vibrant Escapee Alumni

Once an Escapee, always an Escapee.

Every graduating student is welcomed into the Escapee Alumni, a global and connected community of over 2000 Escapees working throughout the VFX and Games industries.

You'll find Escapees in many of the world’s top VFX studios, behind many Oscar and BAFTA-nominated films, 100s of award-winning films and television shows, 1,000s of award-winning commercials and games.

There's so much more though, we at Escape are a community, come see for yourself.

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Our creative hub boasts the very best tools to get you eqquiped for this competitive, yet rewarding industry. The whole campus emulates a real-world production environment, so you will know what to expect from the professional studios.

Intimate classroom training is highly focused and limited to only 12 students per class. Our workstations feature the latest VFX software including Maya, Photoshop, Mudbox, 3D Equalizer, Nuke, Matchmover, Renderman, Houdini for 3D learners and Nuke, Silhouette for Compositing. This is all hosted on high-spec hardware enabling you to learn in a creatively buzzing, state-of-the-art environment.

Drop by our studio to see for yourself, our Open Days are very relaxed (and of course informative)!


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We are located in the heart of London, based in buzzing Shepherd's Bush. We're conveniently located very close to the largest VFX hub within Europe based in Soho London. This means we have been fortunate in building meaningful relationships with both the big and small VFX studios located in London such as Weta, Dreamworks, Framestore, Double Negative, The Mill, MPC and ILM.

With our knowledge of the industry and our vast industry connections, paired alongside our fiercely vocational approach to teaching means you will have the best possible start to your career in VFX. 

Sound pretty awesome? Come over at our next Open Day to find out.

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How to enrol

Stage 1 – Apply

Call our Admissions Team on 020 7348 1920, visit or email them and we’ll talk you through the application process and confirm the next available course. We’ll also send you an application pack including an application form. Please complete and return it to us by email or post. Alternatively, you can download the formhere.

Stage 2 – We’ll consider your application very carefully

Our Admissions Team will take a look at your application and if you meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you for a one-to-one meeting. We’ll do our best to get back to you with our decision within two working days.

Stage 3 – One-to-one meeting

You’ll meet with a member of our Admissions Team who’ll assess your potential to succeed on the course. It’s also a great chance to present your portfolio of work if you have one, and ask any questions you may have about the course, Escape Studios or the industry in general. We’re looking for passionate and committed students who have the desire and work ethic needed for a career in VFX. If you’re an overseas student, we can arrange this meeting by phone or Skype.

Stage 4 – Your offer

If we feel you have what it takes to succeed on the course, we’ll make you a formal offer of a place on the next available course. We’ll send you a registration form, which needs to be completed and returned to the Admissions Team, and we’ll also ask you to pay a deposit. Places on our courses are strictly limited, so we can only secure your place once you’ve returned your completed registration form and we’ve received your deposit.

If you would like to talk to us about anything to do with applying for a place please call our Admissions Team on 020 7348 1920.

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Open days

Head over to Escape Studios HQ at our next Open Day to find out more about VFX and the creative industries.

You’ll meet some of our current students, get to chat to our industry tutors and find out all about the skills you'll learn studying at Escape Studios.You'll also get a sneak peek of what our students get up to in the studio and have the chance to speak with our friendly advisors about your options.

You'll learn more about both the 3D and Compositing (2D) course options, as well as more about course content and our fiercely vocational approach to teaching. It's not all serious though, we're also about fun, - you'll get a day's unlimited access to hot drinks and pastries!

Begin your journey into the world of VFX and the creative industries with our Open Day, today.

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Student story

John Gresko - Escapee - Matchmove Artist 

Interstellar, Exodus. Terminator, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

I worked in Architecture and concept design for 7 years before deciding to chase the dream and be a part of the VFX industry. After completing the 3D for VFX course at Escape, I worked there as a 3D Studio Assistant for 8 months while finishing my reel, then started working for Double Negative. 

What’s your favourite movie and why?

‘Alien’ 1979. I never get tired of thinking about the concept of this film. The first hour is as good as it gets for me!

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment, the new Spectre film!

If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word what would it be and why?

What drew me to Escape was the benefit of having assistance when problems arise. Learning at home is fine but when you get stuck it can be frustrating and time consuming when finding solutions. 

At Escape, all the help you could ever need is right there in the classroom. What I enjoyed most was the atmosphere in the studios and being around talented and creative people. Seeing what students thought up and realised was inspiring!

For me, the word that fits best would have to be ‘Rewarding’. Without my time at Escape, I would not have the job I have today

How did studying at Escape Studios help you start out in the industry?

To be an artist in the industry, you need a showreel. Escape showed me the standard required and taught me the skills I needed to make that possible

What lessons have you learnt from both, studying and your time working in industry?

I learnt just how much quality work has to go into making it, never stop taking notes, always work efficiently. My time in industry has taught me to take even more notes!

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

Be ready to work very hard, as competition for jobs is fierce and the standard is high. When studying (wherever it may be) take as many notes as possible because there is simply so much to learn.

I’m now a Matchmove Artist as Double Negative which is an awesome place to work. Getting to see the evolution of the VFX as they happen is inspiring and watching the masters at work is really cool!

Being a part of the team that won an Oscar and BAFTA for the visual effects in Interstellar is something I am very proud of and I feel truly privileged to have been involded in.

Feleing inspired? Discover more about the creative world at our next Open Day.

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Contact details

Shepherds West 
Rockley Road 
London W14 0DA 
United Kingdom