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BA (Hons) Computer Animation Technical Arts

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  • UCAS Code:
    W280
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Top choice for Animation and VFX award badgeSchool of the year 2018 Top Ten award badgeThe course is taught within our National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and combines the study of art, animation techniques, applied maths and computing, needed to satisfy the demands of modern computer animation, film, VFX and games production.

This course is a development of the Computer Visualisation and Animation course which ran for over 20 years, producing graduates who now work all over the world, as technical artists/directors, software producers and games developers in some of the leading animation and production houses, software houses, and computer game and digital media companies. This includes graduates who’ve gone on to win Oscars such as Mark Ardington. ​

Technical Art/Direction is the practice of using art/animation and computing/maths skills to solve aesthetic problems. This course is a unique 50/50 mix of art and science, reflecting practice relevant to the production of computer graphics and animation for a range of industries and applications. Once you finish the course you’ll be able to create art and animation using computer code and will be able to describe technical ideas using film and animation. This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, joining the ranks of the top creative training and education providers this country has to offer. 

We enjoy very strong links with industry, due largely to the ubiquity of NCCA graduates who have worked on films such as Blade Runner 2049, The Avengers, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Dunkirk. 

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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017), Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years (or 4 years with a 30-week placement) full-time

Accreditations:

Creative Skillset

Required subjects:

Computing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Maths, Photography or Physics

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. 

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Practical projects are often group or team based allowing for student collaboration, emulating the dynamic and collaborative nature of computer animation and games production process.

Download the programme specification (pdf 740kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

We are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Have a passion for the discipline of computer animation
  • Show an understanding of the animation, visual effects or games industry
  • Have a strong mathematical and creative background
  • Produce a strong portfolio of art work from still life to photography
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.

You must possess both a good mathematical and artistic ability, and show a keen interest in the world of animation, visual effects and/or computer games production. You should have an understanding of how the industry works and the job roles within it.

Most of all you must be a passionate, creative innovator with a strong imagination. You should also have an understanding of computers; some students may already have basic programming skills, however this is not an essential requirement.

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Entry requirements

Careers

Our computer animation courses are exceptionally well regarded within the industry and as a result, our graduates rarely struggle to find work once they finish their course.

During your degree you will have the opportunity to work with some of the UK's leading computer animation organisations, through the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), and can make valuable contacts before you graduate.

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Cost and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes