Bournemouth University

Computer Animation Technical Arts Bournemouth University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

TEF Silver

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This course is a development of the Computer Visualisation & Animation course which ran for over 20 years, producing graduates who now work all over the world as technical directors/artists, software producers and games developers in some of the leading animation and production houses, software houses, and computer game and digital media companies.

The course is taught within the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and combines the study of art, animation techniques, applied maths and computing needed to satisfy the demands of modern (computer animation, film, VFX and games) production. Guest lectures from some of the UK’s leading animation studios mean you’ll have access to real-world professionals sharing their knowledge of the industry.

There is a unique 50/50 mix of art and science on this course, reflecting practice relevant to the production of computer graphics and animation for a range of industries and applications. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to create art and animation using computer code and describe complex ideas using film and animation. This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, placing it in the ranks of the top creative training and education providers this country has to offer.

Our graduates have gone on to produce Oscar-winning visual effects for the likes of Ex Machina, Inception and Interstellar. Students have also worked on blockbusters such as the Star Wars franchise, Gravity, Avatar, the Harry Potter series and more.

Course details

Modules

Introduction to Production Tools | Programming Principles | Visual Narrative & Design | Technical Arts Production | Mathematics for Computer Graphics | Moving Image Theory & Practice | Visual Studies | Advanced Mathematics for Computer Graphics | Computing for Graphics & Animation | Character Rigging | Visual Effects Acquisition | Real Time Graphics Systems | Technical Effects | Lighting & Rendering | Advanced Moving Image Theory & Practice | Final Major Project & Dissertation | Masterclass | Research & Development Project


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 128 points 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject. Required subjects include: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Art & Design or Photography
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 112 tariff points in a required subject
Access to HE Diploma 112 - 128 tariff points in a required subject with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
Scottish Higher 112 - 128 tariff points from Scottish Highers including 32 points in a required subject.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects including 32 points in a required subject.
Extended Project We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature and Maths grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 - 32 points 30 - 32 points including grade H5 in a required subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Accepted as part of the overall tariff
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM 112 tariff points in a required subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D 112 tariff points in a required subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS 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.

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.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,100 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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.

Provider information

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Poole
BH12 5BB


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