Escape Studios are based in Shepherd's Bush in West London. Their course are a lot like a well structured university course - only compressed into much less time. Sign up for one of their courses (which are excellent) and be prepared to work evenings and weekends to keep up with the workload. And don't even think of trying to combine it with a part-time job.
How is the visual effects industry doing in London? Not too bad, it seems, especially since the extraordinary work done by Framestore on Gravity, London is more than ever seen as a global destination for top-quality visual effects work. The pool of talent in London is ever-growing, and we want our students to be a part of that success story.
Read the Escape Studios careers guide, and get educated - it applies just as much to work in the USA, or Canada, or Australia - or indeed anywhere where the visual effects industry is growing. All you need to do is register and log in.
(Editor's Note: For more practical advice on careers in animation and visual effects, read what Blue Zoo has to say about demo reels. See also advice from Disney, Sony Pictures Animation, and watch our video on how to create a great demo reel. Read about what our graduates had to say at the recent Graduate Panel. Check out this post on how to set up an small business. Also learn about your first client project, read out our post on Portfolio Careers, and read this piece on Survival as a Freelancer. Study the nuts and bolts of freelance life by reading our guide to invoicing clients, and our guide to freelancers and taxes. For more on careers in general, check out our guide to animation careers here, and also take a look at this map of digital studios - a great place to start your search for work in the business. Finally see our article on the jobs page at awn.com )