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BA (Hons)
Animation and Visual Effects

Want to join the world leading UK creative industry? This hands-on, project focused course is taught by a passionate team of experts, many of whom still work in the industry. Whether film, games, broadcast or digital visualisation, you’ll graduate with the skills required to get ahead.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: W990

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Interested in animation, films and the inner workings of visual effects? Like the idea of creative film-making and visual story telling? This course is well-equipped and benefits from strong industry links. We are looking for applicants with great communication skills and a good understanding of media, art and IT. This degree gives students the in-depth skills and knowledge necessary to explore a career in the expanding media industry.

Understanding digital processes
This course focuses on the present and future needs of a rapidly changing industry. You’ll acquire a strong grounding in design, video and audio skills alongside modelling, rigging, texturing, lighting, digital cinematography and 3D digital graphics. Throughout the course modules you’ll also cover motion graphics and virtual studio skills alongside compositing, 3D tracking, particles and dynamics. Graduating with a broad range of creative and technical skills, this course is ideal for students wanting to explore a career the animation and visual effects industry. This could be in film, television, advertising, games, online and mobile content.

Perfecting your craft
You’ll become a proficient character and creature animator and learn a broad range of complimentary digital skills. The course will also cover film theory, history of animation and industry economics. You’ll build a portfolio of work, which will be edited into a demo reel to show employers once you have graduated.

Preparing for work in the industry
Beyond the technical aspects of this course, you will also take modules in creativity and enterprise. This will prepare you for a career as independent, self-reliant freelance digital artists.

We have strong links with the UK’s industry giants. Students are well placed to meet artists, animators and other guest lecturers from the industry. You will have the opportunity to seek placements and internships from this course and exploit the facilities that Bucks offers. These include our industry standard motion capture facility, which has been developed with Centroid, and a Virtual Studio System setup with VizRT. Working with these unique tools provides a solid grounding in the skills sought after by employers such as Sky.

Developed with industry heavyweights
We deliver a balance of creativity, technical skills and contextual knowledge. This is achieved by working closely with industry heavyweights in Pinewood, Leavesden and Soho. This not only enables visits, but also means we benefit from regular guest lecturers from professional posts in the industry.

Collaboration opportunities
You’ll have ample opportunity to work with students from other production courses on briefs. This could involve working with film makers from the BA (Hons) Film and TV Production course, or collaborating on projects with sound designers from BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production course. This also enables students to build lasting relationships with other graduates who will go on to work in the media industry too.

Links to a globally competitive animation industry
The UK’s animation and VFX industry is internationally recognised and highly regarded with many of the world’s leading studios based in Soho, London and centres of excellence such as Aardman Animation in Bristol. This course benefits from strong links in the industry and many graduates go on to find employment with some of the top names in the market.

Year One

  • Computer Generated Imagery Foundation
  • Animation Foundation 1
  • Character Foundation
  • Motion Graphics 1
  • Visual Effects Foundation
  • Animation Foundation 2
  • Motion Graphics 2

Year Two

  • Animation 2 - Character Performance
  • Computer Generated Imagery Intermediate
  • Visual Effects Intermediate
  • Animation Animals and Creatures
  • Character Intermediate

Year Three

  • Industry Projects
  • Personal Project
  • Creative Projects Experimental
  • Creative Projects Production

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 200-240. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available on our Applicants' pages.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

What are my career prospects?

Previous Bucks graduates have found internships and employment with animation and design companies such as Pinewood Studios, FST Advertising, DeliPictures, Think BDW, Red Bee Media, URS, Firebird Films, Bionic Group, Nano Films and VCCP.

The course has excellent links with the four main London animation and design studios, Framestore, Cinesite, Double Negative and MPC. You will have the opportunity to meet animators, modellers, riggers and visual effects artists who deliver guest lectures and seminars.

Having developed your animation skills with software tools such as the Autodesk Entertainment Suite, Nuke, PF Track, Adobe Creative Suite and other tools such as Cinema4D, Viz Artist, your showreels will have the high standard finish that is required by this sector and help graduates to pursue careers in gaming, film and broadcast.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline skills.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Places for this course are still available in Clearing.

Call our phone line on 0330 123 2023 or apply now