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BA (Hons) Visual Effects

£10,000 scholarships available
  • Late
  • UCAS Code:
    W614
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Taught within our National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), this course covers the main aspects of the visual effects post-production pipeline and focuses on the theory, principles and production of visual effects assets and shots. The course is tailored towards students who have a strong interest and desire to work in the feature film visual effects industry and other associated areas.

Key disciplines covered include visual storytelling and pre-visualisation, post-visualisation, shot development, asset creation and integration, and compositing to name but a few. It also includes supporting elements such as the theoretical underpinnings of moving image, the history of visual effects, personal research units, an industry led project, and visual effects photography and acquisition.

What’s more, there are a number of optional components that will allow you to tailor your pathway to either a more technical or artistic flavour. This approach will then lead you to produce a high quality demonstrative portfolio and showreel of visual effects work, specifically related to the knowledge and production of professional quality feature film visual effects. 

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 full-time (or 4 years full-time including a minimum 30-week placement).

Required subjects:

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

Entry requirements:

120-128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in 1 required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM in a required subject. For more information check out our 2018 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

This course will use tools and design work created by students on our Computer Animation courses in Art & Design and Technical Arts to create visual effects work, just like it happens in the feature film visual effects industry.

As such, the course doesn’t cover the technical aspects of mathematics and programming or the more creative aspects of character design and story generation.

Download the programme specification (pdf 528kb)

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.

Your optional placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate 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 visual effects
  • Show an understanding of the animation, visual effects or games industry
  • Have a strong creative or technical background 
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
  • Product a strong portfolio of art work.

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 apply

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. In fact, 70% of our students are working or studying within six months of finishing 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.

Our NCCA graduates have gone on to work on some of the most successful films of recent times, including Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Interstellar, Gravity and Alice in Wonderland, to name just a few.

Our graduates work all over the world, and many are employed by the industry’s leading animation and production houses, software houses, and computer game and digital media companies.

Costs 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 visual effects 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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