What are Visual Effects?

Visual effects (commonly shortened to VFX) is the term used for creating images for film or TV that cannot be filmed with a camera.This can range from creating a complicated spaceship battle, making an imaginary create come alive or generating a whole new world.
There are many exciting and varied careers available in VFX, all requiring different skills.
Find out more information on the jobs available on the Creative Skillset website or watch their video:

What is ACCESS:VFX? We are a cross-company initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the VFX industry. Many VFX companies, educational organisations and stakeholders have come together to plan and create events to raise awareness and champion the important issue, helping to bring about change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to go to University?

Going to University to study a VFX related degree is the most common route into the industry, but it is by no means the only one. Many companies offer Internship placements and Apprentiships and entry-level Runner positions.

What types of skills are needed?

From visually creative talents required for a 3D Artist, to organisational skills needed for a Producer there's a role for everyone.


I am really thrilled to be part of Access:VFX. It is so important that, as an industry, we are diverse and inclusive in all ways in order that we can continue to be world-beating creatively, innovatively and technologically.

Amy Smith Head of Talent, FrameStore

As employers, we have to be bold and make sure everyone is involved in the conversation. It's all about inspiring careers and creating an environment where talent can thrive, and everyone can come in and feel they are represented.

Simon Devereux Group Head of L&D, The Mill

I have been amazed the work everyone involved in Access:VFX has put in to promote the importance of diversity and inclusion in the VFX industry and am delighted to be part of it.

Harriet Minter Head of HR, Double Negative