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National Centre for Computer Animation

National Centre for Computer Animation

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 courses

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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.

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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. 

Find out more about the exhibition

BFX Festival

BFX logo The annual BFX Festival is one of the largest visual effects, animation and games festivals in the UK, bringing together professionals and students from across the world to share insights into how the best films, commercials, television shows and games are made.

Find out more on the BFX site

More about the NCCA

Excellence in VFX

Excellence in VFX

Many BU graduates have gone on to win awards for the quality of their visual effects work, including Oscar winners for films such as Inception, Interstellar and Ex Machina.
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Our research

The National Research Centre for Computer Animation is a recognised centre of international excellence in computer animation, fusing technical developments in computer science with underlying artistic principles and practice of computer animation.
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Meet the team

The NCCA's staff comprises a collective of experts who help our students realise their career ambitions through incisive course content, inspiring teaching, and a commitment to innovation.
Arran Baker

Industry speakers at the NCCA

Whilst studying on one of our NCCA courses, you'll have the opportunity to network, be mentored by and learn from a range of practitioners, preparing you for a career in the industry.