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BA (Hons) Computer Animation Technical Arts

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  • Clearing
  • UCAS Code:
    W280
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Places available to study this September

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Top choice for Animation and VFX award badgeThis 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. ​

The 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. 

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. 

BU graduates who studied in this subject area were typically earning £23,000 after three years, this is 32% higher than all graduates who studied this subject.

Find out more by watching a webinar about the course.  

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 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years (with no required placement) or 4 years (including a 30-week placement), full-time

Accreditations:

Creative Skillset

Required subjects:

One creative subject such as: Fine Art, Graphic Design or Photography and one technical subject such as: Maths, Computing or Physics

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.
BU and you. A match made in Clearing.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777.

Waiting for results? Stay up to date with Clearing opportunities at BU.

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.

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Course details

On this course you will usually 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. 

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.

How to applyBU Academic Excellence Scholarship

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 annum. 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. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the animation sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course.

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