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Computer Generated Imagery

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Computer animation and visual effects

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS ONLY OPEN FOR YEAR 2 AND YEAR 3 ENTRY.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR YEAR 1, PLEASE SEE OUR CGI AND VISUAL EFFECTS COURSE.

Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) is everywhere and if you are interested in the visual side of any industry, you can explore that with CGI. Our CGI degree brings the latest cutting-edge techniques and industry standard software into the curriculum, as well as offering you the flexibility to apply your learning in almost any field.

CGI is a mix of the artistic and the creative, and this degree supports you by nurturing and building both sides. You may come to us with no 3D experience, or you may have been producing your own models or animations before, either way our small group sizes enable us work with you individually to develop your CGI skills – helping you to meet industry expectations in your chosen direction.

This course is designed to help you evolve from being a learner, to a practitioner with strong creative and technical awareness. You will explore many different areas of CGI to help you build a wide skill base, before focusing on a more specialist area with exactly the skills your chosen industry requires.

Being aware of industry practices and making contact with industry artists is vital for developing your future career. And our experienced course team will help you to build an industry network during your degree. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn good social media practice, attend guest lectures and weekly forums, and attend annual events such as CGFX, Viz.Arch Viz and our graduate showcase.

After learning the general principles of CGI in the first year, students spend the second and third year developing a specialism.

**What does this course lead to?**
Computer generated imagery is an exciting and growing field which covers many of this country’s shortage areas such as modeller, rigger, texture artist, 3D animator, matte painter, 3D supervisor and technical director.

The flexible design of the course means that in addition to the above, the course could also take you into concept art, 3D character modelling, creature effects (CFX), motion capture, digital set destruction, effects, motion graphics, architectural visualisation, previsualisation, character rigging, environment modelling and many more directions in sectors such as film, tv, games, advertising, or animation.

**Who is this course for?**
This course is well suited to those who want to explore 3D as an artistic medium, or learn some of the most up-to-date and advanced graphical techniques.

You should also be enthusiastic about the subject and committed to learning some of the most exciting and technical artistic practices.

Modules

Year one
Core units

Digital Pipelines
Introduction to 3D
Drawing
CGI Environment Design
Visual Research
Animation

Year two
Core units

Digital Character
VFX/Simulation
CGI Production
Architectural Visualisation

Options

Advanced Drawing
Lock Down
Freelancing at Solent Creatives 1
Freelancing at Solent Creatives 2
Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Production Management
CGI Pre-Production
CGI Major Production

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed by a mix of portfolios, essays, coursework, 3D projects, literature reviews and digital projects.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£13,260
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

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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.

73%
med
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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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
71%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
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?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
C

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.

£19,000
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Average annual salary
88%
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Employed or in further education
71%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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.

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

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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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