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Course summary

If you’re looking to study a computer games or digital arts degree, but don’t have the relevant qualifications or experience, this foundation year will help you develop the core skills and knowledge to progress onto one of our related industry-focused undergraduate degrees. You’ll cover key subject areas such as game art, game design, animation, CGI, VFX and code, and work on exciting practical projects designed to help you learn key digital design skills. You’ll also be supported to develop key transferable skills in preparation for your degree level studies. To aid study, you’ll have full access to Solent’s industry-standard facilities, including specialist labs and high-end dual computers equipped with industry software such as 3ds Max, Maya, Substance, Photoshop, Unreal Editor and Unity. You will be taught by passionate staff who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge. Learn from staff who are experts in their field and who have vast industry experience. What does this course lead to? This foundation year will help you build the relevant skills and knowledge to enter onto one of our related degree programmes. This can lead to a career in the multi-billion pound games industry in areas such as video game studios and art production, to film and animation studios. Who is this course for? Solent’s Foundation Year in Digital Arts is intended for students without the required UCAS points for direct entry. This could be mature students returning to education, students without the required qualifications, or students looking to change career path after completing further education qualifications.


FOUNDATION MODULES Digital Art Design Digital Art Industries Digital Art Projects Digital Art Discovery Digital Art Final Project Digital Art Portfolio If you successfully complete the Digital Arts Foundation Year, you will automatically progress onto the BA (Hons) CGI and Visual Effects course, where you will study the following modules: YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Introduction to 3D Intro to VFX Digital Visuals Real-Time CGI Introduction to Animation Architectural Visualisation YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES VFX/Simulation Set Capture Digital Character Compositing CGI/VFX Commentary YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all modules are guaranteed to run each academic year) Advanced Drawing Technical Art YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Production Brief Pre-Production Final Major Project - Art Project / Technical Art Project / Research Project YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Dissertation Art for CGI/VFX Scripting for Graphics

Assessment method

All modules are assessed by coursework as this is the most appropriate for pedagogical approach, learning outcomes, skills required and design studio practice.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

For information about applying to Solent as an International applicant, please visit

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening. TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components

Unistats information

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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
EU £13020 Year 1
International £13020 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that this is the cost for the foundation year of your 4 year degree.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit

CGI and Visual Effects with Digital Arts Foundation Year at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS