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Computer Animation and Visual Effects University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview
Ready to make your mark on the computer animation and visual effects industry and get stuck into a career packed with creative potential?

On this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects degree course, you'll use our fantastic animation and VFX facilities to unleash your ideas. You’ll build a portfolio of work to showcase your abilities and learn how to get it in front of potential employers.

The course sets you up for an exciting career in areas such as 3D animation, visual effects (VFX) for film and TV, and the computer games industry.

Accreditations
This course is professionally accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support).

JAMES is a group of industry professionals and employers. The JAMES accreditation lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry when you graduate. JAMES reviews our accreditation every 3 years to make sure the course content remains up-to-date with industry trends and developments. So you’ll always be learning the most relevant skills.

We also work with VFX studios, game developers and professional bodies such as TIGA to make sure the course stays up-to-date with industry trends.

What you'll experience
On this Computer Animation and Visual Effects degree course you’ll:

  • Learn from professionals who are currently working in the animation and visual effects (VFX) industry

  • Build your skills in key areas such as concept drawing, 3D animation, physics-based simulation and compositing

  • Get your hands on professional software that’s used in the industry, including NUKEX, Maya, 3DS Max, ZBrush, Houdini, Katana and Mari

  • Put our motion capture facilities to use and learn in our virtual reality lab

  • Get the chance to be involved with the University’s computer-generated imagery (CGI) film, Stina and the Wolf

  • Develop games and get involved in Gamejams with fellow students

  • Make the most of our industry links, including guest speakers, work placements and sponsored prizes for your final year project

  • Tailor your studies to match your interests and ambitions

Careers and opportunities
This course mirrors many industrial processes and creative practices, setting you up for some of the most exciting jobs in today’s media industries.

Potential employers include computer animation and visual effects companies for film and TV, computer games and visualisation industries.

Course details

Modules

YEAR ONE
(Core)
Foundation in 3D Modelling
Foundations in Graphics
Skills and Principles for Animation
Tools for Animation
Visual Communication
EPortfolio

There are no optional units in this year.

YEAR TWO
(Core)
CGI Lighting and Look Development
Project Initiation and Career Management

(Optional)
Animation Programming and Scripting
Commercial Asset Production For Real Time
Creative Technologies Study Exchange
Design And Visual Research For Cinema And Game
Designing For Animation
Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
Image Preparation For Vfx
Introduction To Visual Effects
Matchmoving For Vfx
Previsualisation And Motion Capture
Professional Experience
Sculpting And Rigging For Film
Student Enterprise.

YEAR THREE
(Core)
Creative Media
Creative Professional Development
Final Year Project

(Optional)
Advanced Compositing for VFX
Advanced Creature FX and Rigging
Advanced Visual Effects and Environments
Animation and Setup for Computer Animation
Applications of Virtual Reality
Motion Capture Applications
Real-Time Interactive Group Project

PLACEMENT YEAR
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through practical projects, work portfolios, academic and evaluative essays, multiple choice tests, oral presentations, examinations and case studies.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.


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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points 112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
A level 112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma 112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 48.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112 Tariff points.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,100 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

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

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