Nicola Hoyle
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How to get a job in visual effects

Nicola Hoyle is a visual effects supervisor and has worked on various films including Harry Potter. She explains what skills are needed to work in her field.

Double Negative staff have worked on special effects on the Harry Potter and Batman films and are part of the UK's fast-growing visual effects industry.

To work in visual effects or designing computer games Next Gen Skills , a campaign backed by some big employers, says you need to have a combination of creative and technological skills. They suggest maths, physics, art and computer science qualifications.

Nicola Hoyle, who is a Visual Effects Supervisor at Double Negative, says you need to be creative and "enjoy messing around on a computer" if you are considering a career in this industry.

Skillset, which provides information on careers in the creative industries, has lists of apprenticeships and industry-approved courses, although some companies have expressed concern complaining about a lack of accredited training.

You can find some general advice from BBC News on looking for a job here and the government's Next Step site has advice on planning a career.