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Course summary

BA (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects is a practice-led, concept-driven course which will enable you to explore the creative process through a range of digital technologies. You will be introduced to a range of 2D and 3D digital tools that are key to developing your conceptual, creative and technical skillset. From low-poly modelling to character animation, cinematography to compositing, this course will offer you the opportunity to learn industry-standard practices whilst experimenting with new and emerging technologies. In Year 2, you’ll choose to specialise in either Computer Animation or Visual Effects:

  • The Computer Animation specialism will support you to develop the broad skillset needed to create 3D digital art across established industries such as animation, film, television or games.
  • The Visual Effects specialism will provide you with a working knowledge of the broad skillset and expertise needed to work within the visual effects industries across areas such as compositing, live action, environment creation and CG integration.
Both specialisms emphasise concept development and creative storytelling coupled with in-depth technical tuition and support. While you’ll choose to focus on one, you’ll also gain an underlying knowledge of the other. What to expect
  • Technical skills: You’ll learn core skills in 2D and 3D visual practices, along with a range of different techniques and procedures in line with professional industry standards.
  • Creativity: You’ll develop your creative and critical skills to articulate meaningful ideas in your practice that promote equality, diversity, and inclusivity and themes around sustainability and sustainable practices.
  • Emerging technology: You’ll have the opportunity to explore technologies such as Virtual Production (VP), Virtual Reality (VR), motion capture and Unreal Engine, bringing digital worlds and characters to life while developing an understanding of software, workflow and pipeline principles.
  • Specialist facilities: You’ll have access to specialist tools and facilities including the Green Screen Studio, motion capture suit, 3D printers, Artec 3D scanners, specialist camera equipment, render farms, VR headsets, tablet monitors and a range of specialist software.
  • Accreditation: Nuke is the most commonly used software in the visual effects industry, and BA (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects is accredited as a Nuke training course and centre by Foundry - a leading creative software developer for the digital design, media and entertainment industries.
Industry experience and opportunities You’ll participate in live projects, respond to feedback from industry guest lecturers and develop a professional showreel portfolio to launch your career. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies or the Diploma in Creative Computing between Years 2 and 3 to enhance your learning experience and employability skills.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

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Computer Animation and Visual Effects at University of the Arts London - UCAS