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Course summary

The world of 3D computer generated imagery (CGI) and animation provides significant cultural and economic contribution to the UK through games, films, TV, advertising and visualisation, and the UK’s leading animation and visualisation studios are constantly on the look for new and emerging talent. In 2015, Bournemouth was recognised as the fastest growing digital economy in the UK. Our degree programmes offer a solid base of 3D skills, and we have been training students and preparing them for the creative industries since 2002, making Bournemouth & Poole College a great place to study 3D Animation. You don’t need any previous experience to join our foundation degree course, and all assessment is through coursework-based units. There is an individual project element central to each year of study which will enable you create an amazing portfolio and enhance your future career prospects. You will work in a studio environment with small groups of typically 10-20 students, and where you will practice fundamental skills linked to art and visualisation subjects which are taught throughout the course. Whatever your level and specific interests, we encourage the development of storytelling techniques, creativity, technical and visual communication skills. This 3D Animation course is intended for students who wish to create 3D content and animations for film or games. The focus is on creature and character development, animation, game assets and environments, virtual set extensions for films and virtual production techniques. It includes 3D modelling and animation workflow, rigging, texturing and shading, lighting, rendering and post-production. This is a popular course, providing you with many essential 3D skills, and where successful graduates are employed by some of the UK’s leading 3D animation and visualisation studios and industry partners. These partners are influential in the design and development of our courses. They also assist with regular guest lectures and workshops whilst providing feedback and critique on student work. This means you get the most up-to-date career-relevant input from industry experts. Bournemouth & Poole College is proud to partner with Epic Games as an Unreal Academic Partner and we offer excellent studio-based facilities with the latest industry standard software, and all necessary resources, including a fully operational green screen studio. Applicants should note that this course is taught at Bournemouth and Poole College, North Road Campus.


Year 1: 2D Visual Development, 3D Modelling and Sculpting, 3D Painting and Texturing, Lighting and Rendering, 3D Rigging and Animation, Postproduction and VFX. Year 2: Pre-Visualisation, Virtual Reality (VR), Game Level Development, Environment and 3D Visual Development, Real Time Rendering, 3D Character & Creature Development, Digital Composition.

Assessment method

Summative Assignments.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We are not in a position to sponsor students who would require a student visa to study this course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5 in each section.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £7250 Year 1
England £7250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7250 Year 1
Scotland £7250 Year 1
Wales £7250 Year 1
Channel Islands £7250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that we are not able to sponsor applicants who would require a visa to undertake this course. Please also note that accommodation is not available for this course and students would need to source their own accommodation.

Sponsorship information

Students can also apply for an Higher Education Bursary, full details of eligibility and evidence required, can be found with the online application, available here:

3D Animation and Visualisation for Film and Games at Arts University Bournemouth - UCAS