The National Centre for Computer Animation has been at the forefront of computer graphics and animation education and research in the UK since 1989.
In 2011, the Centre was presented with the Queen’s Anniversary Award for “World-class computer animation teaching with wide scientific and creative applications” and its contribution to world-leading excellence and pioneering development in the teaching of computer animation. The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes form part of the national honours system and are the most prestigious awards in UK education.
The aim of the NCCA is to promote science in the service of the arts and to embed a theoretical underpinning within a contemporary professional setting, allowing graduates to leave BU with highly sought-after skills in the computer animation, visual effects and computer games industries.
Our facilities on Talbot Campus can be found in Poole Gateway Building, a modern development that opened in spring 2020. This houses a range of industry-standard equipment and technology to support our students’ studies, including a green screen studio, virtual production facilities and computer labs equipped with professional production software. Take a look at our gallery or explore our virtual tour to find out more.
Watch our students’ work on Vimeo
Industry links and accreditations
We have forged links with many of the UK’s, and the world’s, most prominent animation organisations and award-winning professionals. BU is also one of a small number of institutions from around the world who have been granted Houdini Certified School status by Side Effects Software, and a number of our computer animation degrees boast the ScreenSkills Tick, indicating the quality of those courses. Find out more about our accreditations and industry links.
Once Upon a Time in Animation
Celebrating 30 years of the National Centre for Computer Animation, the Once Upon a Time in Animation exhibition at Poole Museum provided an overview of 30 years of excellence in animation research, practice and innovation at Bournemouth University's National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA).
Featuring a wealth of creative talent from students, graduates and researchers from BU, the exhibition explored different areas of animation, from film to game design, and includes household names such as Miffy, Beatrix Potter and Aardman.