Bournemouth University: Computer Animation and Visual Effects (MSc)

InstitutionBournemouth University View institution profile
Department National Centre for Computer Animation
Telephone 01202 961916
Study type Taught


You are expected to come from a technical background (Computer Science, Physics, Maths, Engineering) with an existing knowledge of programming and the course will build upon this, providing you with a combination of artistic sensibilities, problem-solving and technical skills, which can be applied to the role of technical director within the animation and games industries. Technical directors often have to work alongside computer animators and resolve technical problems either by configuring existing software tools or designing new tools.

During your year-long study, you will develop your programming and scripting skills, and become familiar with special techniques and tools associated with computer animation. These skills are assessed in a variety of projects you will undertake during the year. Emphasis is placed on the use of industry standard hardware and software in the development of these techniques. Typical examples include the development of C++ programs to test new algorithms, the writing of shaders to support rendering, and the developing of scripts and tools to create new effects.

The academic aspects will provide you with a strong theoretical underpinning for the principal areas of study, including lecture series on computer graphics techniques, animation software development, principles of computer graphics, the fusion of art and technology, and personal research projects. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with students on the other two Master’s courses in the Group Project. This format provides a realistic setting to discover what it’s like working with other creative people and working to a strict timescale.

The course attracts students from all over the world, giving it a strong interdisciplinary, international feel.

1 course option

Qualification MSc
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.


Master's Project.


Core units: Animation Software Engineering; CGI Tools; CGI Techniques; Simulation and Rendering; Personal Enquiry; Group Project; Master's Project.

Location Talbot Campus
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
BH12 5BB


International 14500 GBP for Year 1
EU 7750 GBP for Year 1
England 7750 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 7750 GBP for Year 1
Wales 7750 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 7750 GBP for Year 1

Bournemouth University


Why BU?
We offer an extensive range of postgraduate taught courses, as well as doctoral opportunities. If you study at BU, you’re choosing be fully prepared for professional practice, to gain industry accreditation and to take advantage of the placement opportunities available on some courses.

At BU we value excellence, achievement, authenticity, creativity and responsibility, but we also believe in having fun and making new friends. A further benefit of being a part of our postgraduate community is its sheer diversity – our staff and students come from over 100 countries and our outlook is truly global. Our ...

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