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Industry links and accreditations

The National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) has forged close links with many of the UK’s, and the world’s, most prominent animation organisations and award-winning professionals. These links allow us to consistently deliver high-quality courses and ensure you are always at the cutting edge of this ever-evolving sector. 

We work closely with a number of leading media organisations, including:

  • Adobe - we work in partnership with Adobe to ensure all our staff and students are confident using the latest industry-standard software 
  • Apple - as an Apple authorised training centre, we offer the Apple Introduction to Final Cut Pro course, allowing you to train as an Apple Certified Pro
  • Sony Computers Entertainment Europe - we are excited to work closely with Sony Computers Entertainment Europe, one of the biggest players in the computer games industry, to deliver a range of computer games short courses

Animation Career Review

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

Epic Games

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The Unreal Academic Partnership recognises the NCCA's commitment to providing high-quality educational opportunities. Our proven curricula, industry-standard facilities and resources create positive outcomes for students with a range of personal growth and career objectives.

This partnership with Epic Games supports and reinforces the NCCA's intention to prepare students for an evolving and highly competitive job market with transferable skills in real-time technologies that increase their potential in a globalized economy.


The following NCCA courses are recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carry the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

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All these courses have undergone a rigorous assessment process conducted by experts working in the creative media industries and our strong industry links have played an important role in gaining us this recognition. 

Houdini Certified School status

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Bournemouth University is one of a small number of institutions from around the world who have been granted Houdini Certified School status by Side Effects Software. Houdini is an Award Winning Industry Standard VFX and Computer Animation Software taught across the NCCA framework of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses.

Our Postgraduate students also have the chance to win the Side Effects Software Prize for Best Digital Effects Project. This prize is a 6 month Houdini License awarded by Side Effects Software to the best NCCA Masters Project created using Houdini.