Visual Effects

Bournemouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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If you have a strong interest in working in the feature film visual effects industry this is the perfect course for you. You’ll embrace the complete visual effects post production pipeline and focus on the theory, principles and production of visual effects assets and shots. The course covers a broad range of visual effects disciplines such as modelling, texturing, lighting, rendering, dynamic simulation, digital matte painting, and compositing, as well as offering a number of optional components that will allow you to tailor your course to either a more technical or more artistic flavour. The ideal applicant will have a keen interest in feature film visual effects. By the time you’ve graduated, you’ll have produced a high quality demonstrative showreel of visual effects work, specifically related to the production and integration of assets for the feature film visual effects industry. You’ll have the opportunity to utilise tools and design work created by students on our Computer Animation courses in Art & Design and Technical Arts to create visual effects work, mirroring industry practice. If you’re interested in the more technical aspects of mathematics and programming, have a look at our BA (Hons) Computer Animation Technical Arts, or, if you like the more creative aspects of character design and story generation, see our BA (Hons) Computer Animation Art & Design.

Course details

Modules

Introduction to Production Tools | Visual Storytelling & Pre-Visualisation | Post Visualisation & Shot Development | Asset Integration | Visual Effects Photography & Acquisition | Image Processing | Modelling & Texturing | Lighting & Rendering | Digital Matte Painting | Rigging | Technical Effects | Digital Fabrication | Major Project


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 128 points 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject. Required subjects include: Art, Design, Mathematics or a Technology subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 112 tariff points in a required subject
Access to HE Diploma 112 - 128 tariff points in a required subject with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
Scottish Higher 112 - 128 tariff points from Scottish Highers including 32 points in a required subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D 112 tariff points in a required subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 - 32 points 30 - 32 points including grade H5 in a required subject
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Extended Project We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects including 32 points in a required subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM 112 tariff points in a required subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Accepted as part of the overall tariff
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application. Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14100 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850.

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Poole
BH12 5BB


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Our Clearing helpline is currently open Monday–Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. Then the following times will apply: Thursday 13 August - 6:30am - 8:00pm, Friday 14 August - 8:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 15 August - 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday 16 August - 10:00am - 3:00pm, Monday 17 August onwards - 9:00am - 5:00pm.


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Visual Effects at Bournemouth University - UCAS