What will I learn?

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 visualization, 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 modeling, coupled with green screen/compositing techniques. Design methodology, concept origination, speculative design, visualization skills, life drawing, physical sketch and facsimile modeling 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.

Career Options:

2D Artist

3D Generalist

Lighting Artist

Matte Painter



Which department am I in?

School of Design, Advertising and Animation

Study options

Full Time (3 Years (6 Semesters))

Tuition fees
Year 1: RM 27,600 (USD $6,900); Year 2: RM 28,900 (USD $7,230); Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD $7,480); Total: RM 86,400 (USD $21,610)
Start date

10 November 2020


Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

Jalan Teknologi 5, Technology Park Malaysia,

Bukit Jalil,


Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,

57000, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Malaysian STPM/ SPM. English Requirement: IELTS: 5.0, TOEFL PBT: 410-417, TOEFL IBT: 35-45, Pearson (PTE): 36, MUET: Band 3.

For international students


Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Malaysian STPM/ SPM/ O-Levels/ A-Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) or equivalent. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.


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.

General Requirements:

• IELTS: 5.0

• TOEFL PBT: 410-417

• TOEFL IBT: 35-45

• Pearson (PTE): 36

• MUET: Band 3

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) offers below pathways courses for this subject