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Visual Effects

Entry requirements


112 - 128 tariff points in a required subject with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects including 32 points in a required subject.

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 Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-32

30 - 32 points including grade H5 in a required subject

Accepted as part of the overall tariff

Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Distinction*, Distinction* (112 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

112 - 128 UCAS tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers including 32 points in a required subject.

112 - 128 tariff points from Scottish Highers including 32 points in a required subject.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject. Required subjects include: Art, Design, Mathematics or a Technology subject including Art, Computing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Mathematics, Media Design, Photography, Physics or Product Design

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Computer animation and visual effects

**If you want to work in the feature film visual effects industry or associated areas, this is the perfect course. You'll embrace the complete visual effects post-production pipeline and focus on theory, principles and production of assets and shots.**

**Why study BA (Hons) Visual Effects at BU?**
- Produce a high-quality demonstrative portfolio of work related to the knowledge and production of professional quality feature film visual effects

- Tailor your studies to either a more technical or artistic flavour depending on your desired career aspirations

- Benefit from supportive tutors who provide tailored and personal reviews of your work

- Access specialist facilities including a new green screen and motion capture studio, as well as animation laboratories, equipped with industry-standard software

- Mirror industry practice by working collaboratively with other National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) students on our courses in Art & Design and Technical Arts to create visual effects work

- Make invaluable contacts before you graduate through regular industry guest speakers and BU’s BFX Festival, featuring a fantastic line-up of speakers, masterclasses, exhibitions, screenings and networking events.

The NCCA is ranked as the UK’s top animation school, second in Europe and third internationally (Animation Career Review, 2021).

Modules

Introduction to Production Tools | Visual Storytelling & Pre-Visualisation | Post Visualisation & Shot Development | Asset Integration | Visual Effects Photography & Acquisition | Image Processing | Modelling & Texturing | Lighting & Rendering | Digital Matte Painting | Rigging | Technical Effects | Digital Fabrication | Major Project

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,500
per year
International
£16,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bournemouth University

Department:

National Centre for Computer Animation

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

54%
low
Computer animation and visual effects

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer games and animation

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

48%
Library resources
53%
IT resources
54%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

65%
UK students
35%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer games and animation

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
high
Average annual salary
84%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years. But at the moment this looks to be a good degree if you want to work on the technical side of film and TV and this is the most common industry for new graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£33k

£33k

£38k

£38k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Lower entry requirements
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Nearby University
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Higher entry requirements
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This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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