Why study BA (Hons) Computer Animation & Visual Effects?

  • Study a degree that will give you the expertise, skills and portfolio to excel in the visual effects, computer animation, and computer games industries 
  • Develop the skills to conceptualise, storyboard, and design original animations and visual effects to engage and captivate audiences, whilst having the ability to work on the technical facets of animation and visual effects production 
  • Tailor your studies with option units in the second and final years to develop your skills in 3D animation, visual effects, and technical arts – or work across specialisms reflecting a range of industry practices 
  • Work on projects that simulate real-world challenges and scenarios and benefit from supportive tutors who provide tailored and personal reviews of your work  
  • Make invaluable contacts through regular industry guest speakers and BU’s BFX Festival, featuring speakers, masterclasses, competitions, screenings and networking events 
  • Access specialist facilities including a green screen and motion capture studio, as well as animation labs equipped with industry-standard software. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

We have a Foundation Year option for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the creative skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree. If you apply to study the full degree and do not meet the academic entry requirements, our admissions team may consider your application for the Foundation Year and notify you accordingly. 

Study at the National Centre for Computer Animation

The NCCA is one of the most established and highly regarded centres for computer graphics and animation education and research. As one of very few research-intensive animation centres in the UK, our expertise not only ensures our courses remain at the forefront of education, but also helps to define new industry practices. 

The NCCA is ranked as the UK’s top animation school, second in Europe and third internationally (Animation Career Review 2023 International Animation School Rankings).

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, September 2025


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement. Foundation Year: 4 years full-time or 5 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2024 entry: 112-128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. A portfolio is also required in support of your application. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2024 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information, check out our international entry requirements.

Computer Animation, Games & Visual Effects degrees at BU