Bournemouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Visual Effects

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Course summary

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If you want to work in the feature film visual effects industry or associated areas, this is the perfect course. You'll embrace the complete visual effects post-production pipeline and focus on theory, principles and production of assets and shots. Why study BA (Hons) Visual Effects at BU?

  • Produce a high-quality demonstrative portfolio of work related to the knowledge and production of professional quality feature film visual effects
  • Tailor your studies to either a more technical or artistic flavour depending on your desired career aspirations
  • Benefit from supportive tutors who provide tailored and personal reviews of your work
  • Access specialist facilities including a new green screen and motion capture studio, as well as animation laboratories, equipped with industry-standard software
  • Mirror industry practice by working collaboratively with other National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) students on our courses in Art & Design and Technical Arts to create visual effects work
  • Make invaluable contacts before you graduate through regular industry guest speakers and BU’s BFX Festival, featuring a fantastic line-up of speakers, masterclasses, exhibitions, screenings and networking events.
The NCCA is ranked as the UK’s top animation school, second in Europe and third internationally (Animation Career Review, 2021).

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 codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

AccessBU: AccessBU provides you with the opportunity to tell us about your circumstances that are not always evident in your UCAS application. This widening access initiative also considers relevant criteria such as being in care or if you live in an area with a low participation rate in Higher Education - if you are eligible, your offer could be up to 16 UCAS tariff points below the published 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. Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry. If you have already submitted your application, you can request a deferral by contacting our Admissions Team. Direct entry: We welcome applications from students who have previously studied at degree level at other institutions and wish to transfer onto a BU course. Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedure enables credit awarded from one institution to contribute to a BU award, subject to an application process. Please contact our Future Students Enquiry Team for more information. 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.


English language requirements

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

Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
85%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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. Visit Bournemouth University's website for full details.

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
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Poole
BH12 5BB


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Additional information

On Tuesday 10 August, our Clearing helpline will be open between 7:30am - 6pm | Wednesday 11 August: 8am - 6pm | Thursday 12 August: 8am - 6pm | Friday 13 August: 8am - 6pm | Saturday 14 August: 10am - 3pm | Sunday 15 August: 10am - 3pm. From Monday 16 August, opening times will be 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am - 4pm on Friday.


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Visual Effects at Bournemouth University - UCAS