The online application form doesn’t allow for starting, stopping and returning to complete it. You’ll need to complete the form in one sitting. Below are some tips on how you can prepare and have everything ready before you apply. You should also check out our FAQ for VFX Apprenticeships which covers eligibility criteria, location, salary, and other details of apprenticeship placements.
First of all, you can research the employers who have hired apprentices recently. Have a look at their websites and the kind of work they do. VFX Apprenticeship employers include Framestore, DNEG, ILM, Jellyfish Pictures and The Mill. Next you can check out the VFX Apprenticeship Standards on the Institute for Apprenticeships website. There are currently two roles available for Assistant Technical Director and Junior 2D Artist.
The job in each company will vary, but the content of what you will study is common. Think about which role would suit you best. But don’t worry if you’re not sure at this stage, the employers will be looking at the applications and will suggest the role that they think will suit you best.
You’ll need to have a list of your qualifications handy. For A Level or Level 3 equivalents (Extended Diplomas, BTECs etc) please give full titles and grades. (eg AIM Qualifications Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills - Merit, or A Level Maths - C grade). For your GCSEs (Level 2) please list all subjects with grades that you have passed. If you are waiting on results for a qualification, please list the subject with ‘grade pending’.
The most important thing to have ready is a link to your own online portfolio. This could be links to drawings, photos, a short movie, or anything that shows off your creativity and talents. If you’re a coder or mathematician, but you haven’t found a creative outlet for your portfolio, don’t worry! A portfolio doesn’t just have to contain things that you’ve made, but also the things that have inspired you to apply. Just make it clear what is yours and what isn’t and why you’ve included it in your portfolio.
The closing date for all applications is the 26th April 2020.
Assessment days for the final selection of candidates will be during the week commencing 15th June 2020.
Apart from the obvious contact information, the application form asks you about your qualifications, interests and ambitions. Below is a list of questions that you can prepare for in advance, we recommend drafting them in a word processing programme before starting to complete your application. Good luck!
If you’ve read all of the above and prepared your answers, then it’s time to apply! Remember, the online application form doesn’t allow for starting, stopping and returning to complete it so you’ll need to complete the form in one sitting. Good luck! All applications must be received before the 26th April 2020.