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BA (Hons) 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Designed in close collaboration with industry our 3D Animation & VFX programme aims to prepare students for successful careers in some of the UK’s fastest growing sectors. Combining high level technical craft skills in Character, Rigging, Compositing and Motion Design with industry protocols and project driven learning, you will have developed a range of enhanced specialist knowledge and broad understanding of the craft.

Course content

During the degree students will have an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate with dedicated crafts people and makers from across the creative industries. You will be taught by a team of highly qualified professional practitioners and current industry figures including award winning directors, producers, actors, writers, editors and composers from the fields of Animation, Film, TV and Games. With our digital technology facility open in 2018 students will be able to engage with state of the art spaces and equipment including Mac, PC & Ideas Labs, a 300sqm Film Studio, a dedicated Green Screen Studio, professional standard postproduction facilities and Recording Studios.

Our approach gives aspiring Animators the real world experiences and employability skills needed to develop their careers in a range of screen based creative industries.

Driven by a professional studio mentality, students will develop a strong awareness of the needs of industry alongside the cultivation of their own creative and technical skills.

At Level 4 students will take a series of modules that will introduce them to the digital workflows and design principles that underpin 3D Animation and SFX skills. Classes in Life Drawing and Illustration will explore the mechanics and representations of the body, and how to visualise and develop characters for animated storytelling is a keen focus throughout the programme.

At Level 5 sees students begin to develop their own specialist interests, be it character animation, rendering, rigging, compositing or modelling. You will also be introduced to the workflow and the role the animator plays in the use of Motion Capture and Cine Robotics processes. We will familiarise you to the science that supports much of the 3D animation process and the importance of production management through the character project.

Level 6 delivers a number of advanced skills modules that look at facial motion capture, character animation, SFX compositing and technical direction, which allows for students to choose an area of specialism and to present their skills through a major group work project. Students will also produce a business project designed as they enhance their employability skills and learn how to package those skills for employment by pitching, writing proposals and designing creative portfolios.

There are many opportunities from within the department for students to collaborate, with numerous drama, performance and voice related projects completed every year by fellow students, staff and professional associates. Alongside aspiring filmmakers, actors, writers and fellow animators, students will collaborate across the department to gain an exceptional understanding of production practices and technology application, enhancing an extended range of vital employability skills needed to build a successful career.

The department runs field trips to international film festivals, professional film shoots and industry conventions on a regular basis, and by working with professional associates and on staff projects students can develop early career profiles on IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base).

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

On the Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award-winning ‘Learning Resource Centre’ (LRC) is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.

Also situated in the LRC is the ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ), Costa Coffee and over 80 open access workstations. An equipment loan centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans.

In September 2018 we will be occupying the new Engineering and Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus. This exciting relocation will give students access to professional industry standard facilities including a 300sqm film studio/sound stage, 80sqm green screen studio for motion capture and chroma work, post production area consisting of 9 edit suites alongside our ‘soho’ standard dubbing & master suite, recording studios, screening theatre, Mac and PC suites, ideas labs and changing facilities. 

Where this can take you

Our BA 3D Animation & VFX programme can open the door to careers in:

  • Games
  • Special Effects
  • Animation
  • Television
  • Film
  • Advertising
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Teaching

Work placements

You’ll have the option to undertake a placement module in your second year. Lecturers will introduce you to issues affecting employment, and individual tutorials and group meetings to discuss your progress support your learning.

Indicative modules

Level 4 Modules

  • Digital Workflows
  • Life Drawing
  • 3D Design principles
  • Introduction to Character Animation
  • Introduction to 3D Modelling, Lighting and VFX
  • Media and Creative Industries
  • Character & Story; Observation and Research
  • Illustration, Storyboarding and Concept Art

Level 5 Modules

  • 3D Scripting
  • 3D Rigging
  • Characterisation; Human Behaviour & Body Language
  • Character Animation Project
  • 3D Rendering
  • VFX Compositing Techniques
  • Cine Robotics
  • Motion Capture Technology
  • Work Placement & Career Development (Optional)

Level 6 Modules

  • Industry Engagement & Film Festivals
  • Advanced Character Animation
  • Advanced VFX Compositing
  • Technical Direction
  • Production Management and Industry Protocols
  • Facial Motion Capture & Head Rigs
  • Final Major Project (45 Credits)
  • Business Project
  • Resilience and the Freelancer

Teaching and assessment

There will be a range of creative and practical assessments which will include:

  • Creative Projects
  • Video essays
  • Creative portfolios
  • Pod casts
  • Presentations
  • Reflective writing
  • Skills observation
  • Continuous assessment

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Course length

3 years
Full Time