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Computer Animation and Visual Effects

Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Course summary

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Focusing on the technical aspects of content creation, you’ll develop all the skills you’ll need to launch a career in computer animation and visual effects. We take a learning by doing approach on this course. So, as well as expert guidance and support, you’ll have access to a fully equipped computer animation suite, with dedicated green screen room, lighting rigs and motion capture equipment. In other words, you’ll have everything you need to learn how to create your own assets for integration with virtual environments and live-action footage to produce complex visual effects. You’ll also learn about character design, development and animation, and the technical aspects of animating a deformable, organic 3D mesh. And most importantly, at all stages you’ll have the creative freedom to develop your own ideas and concepts right through to the finished article. Teamwork is at the heart of this industry and you’ll have plenty of opportunity for team-based study to help prepare you for the world of work. Whether your specific interest is in modelling, rigging and VFX work, lighting and texturing, or 3D animation, you’ll be perfectly poised to enter this rapidly expanding and exciting digital sector. Choose a placement – the course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three-year course and then decide if a placement is right for you once you have started your studies. You don’t have to decide now. If you opt to undertake a placement your course will normally be four years full-time. FEATURES AND BENEFITS:

  • Study a degree designed together with industry, equipping you with the range of skills and strengths that employers demand.
  • Experience what it's like to work as part of a professional team finding solutions to complex problems via group projects.
  • Get involved with extracurricular work to further apply your skills, for example, hackathons, gaming events and the Students’ Union computing society.
  • Our excellent facilities include teaching laboratories equipped with high-specification PCs and Apple Macs with specialist, industry-standard software running and advanced graphics workstations.
  • We have a games lab equipped with gaming chairs, keyboards and mice used for our eSports events, an animation lab with a green-screen area and a user experience lab with an eye-tracking system.
  • Our dedicated drop-in lab provides an informal social working space with daily support sessions from our programme support tutors.

Course details


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How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Course codeC5V8
Institution code M40
Campus nameMain Site
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points
A level BCC - BBC To include grade C in IT, Computer Science, Mathematics or a Science subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in IT or Computing. Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in Creative Digital Media Production with grade merit or above in mandatory units 01 and 03 and grade merit or above in one of the following optional units: 40, 41, 43
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma in IT, Computing or Science with a minimum score of 106 UCAS Tariff points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points To include HL 5 in IT

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English and GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics and GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.


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Computer Animation and Visual Effects at Manchester Metropolitan University - UCAS