Escape Studios obtains UKVI licence to support international students

Escape Studios, one of the UK’s leading animation, games and VFX schools, has announced that it has obtained its UKVI approved licence, enabling the institution to sponsor international students to join programmes on a student visa.

Building on Escape Studios’ existing international student community and the Escapee alumni network, the UKVI licence allows the school to offer increased support to international students looking to enter the creative industries. Since opening its doors in 2002, Escape Studios has supplied the VFX, animation and video game industries with studio-ready talent, through courses designed and delivered by world-class industry experts. Sitting in the top 6% of UK universities for full-time graduate employment*, it’s a destination for global creative talent. Under the newly acquired UKVI approved sponsor licence, Escape Studios is now able to recruit and retain international students on a UK Student Route visa. To further support this commitment, Escape Studios is increasing its course capacities to accommodate the influx of international talent from the Spring 2024 term, and beyond.

Dr. Ian Palmer, Principal of Escape Studios says

“We are delighted to open our doors to international applicants for our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. For over twenty years, we have been at the forefront of education for the creative industries, growing our original offer of highly focussed education and training for VFX studios into games, animation and motion graphics. Over that time, we have helped thousands of students join the global creative industries and now that we can sponsor international applicants, we look forward to our Escape community being even more rich and diverse as a result and can’t wait to welcome our next generation of future Escapees.”

*Source: Graduate Outcomes 2020/21 survey results published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). HESA open data is published under the (CC BY 4.0) licence.

About Escape Studios:

Escape Studios is one of the UK’s leading animation, games and visual effects schools. With courses designed and delivered by industry experts, the school supplies the industry with studio-ready talent. Approved and endorsed internationally as a Rookies and Houdini certified school, Escape Studios offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses with Escapees (alumni) having worked on award-winning TV series like Stranger Things, Obi-Wan-Kenobi or Oscar and BAFTA nominated films such as Avengers: Endgame, Barbie, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Batman, Top Gun: Maverick and bestselling games like Assasin’s Creed, Uncharted 2 and Forza Horizon.

Partnering with Epic Games, the institution became UK’s first Unreal Authorized Training Center and is an Unreal Engine Academic Partner. Other world-class industry partners include Industrial Light & Magic, State of Play, Framestore, The Mill, DNEG, Milk VFX, Creative Assembly, Cinesite, Blue Zoo and MPC.

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