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End-point assessments for the creative and cultural industries

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VFX: Assistant Technical Director (level 4)

Visual effects (VFX) is the term used to describe any imagery created, altered or enhanced for moving media. They involve the integration of live-action footage and computer-generated imagery to create images which look realistic but would be dangerous, costly, or simply impossible to capture during live-action shooting.

Assistant technical directors (ATDs) may perform a diverse series of technical support functions in order to ensure the smooth running of a visual effects project.

Gateway requirements

  • completion of a portfolio, that the apprentice can use to support the professional discussion
  • level 2 English and maths

Assessment Methods

  • portfolio submitted to AIM once the apprentic has gone through the gateway
  • knowledge test – a two-hour exam covering underpinning knowledge. To be held at the training provider or employer premises, invigilated by AIM
  • synoptic activity - a six-hour test of technical skills to be held at the training provider or employer premises invigilated by AIM
  • professional discussion - a 45-minute session with our assessor to be held at the training provider or employer premises or via Skype

Indicative duration of assessment

Usually completed within four weeks of gateway (subject to availability of facilities and assessor).


Find out more on the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website