From September 2024 entry this course will be replaced by BA (Hons) Computer Animation & Visual Effects.

Why study BA (Hons) Visual Effects at BU?

  • Produce a high-quality demonstrative portfolio of work related to the knowledge and production of professional quality feature film visual effects
  • Tailor your studies to either a more technical or artistic flavour depending on your desired career aspirations and benefit from supportive tutors who provide tailored and personal reviews of your work
  • Access specialist facilities including a new green screen and motion capture studio, as well as animation laboratories, equipped with industry-standard software
  • Mirror industry practice by working collaboratively with other National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) students on our courses in Art & Design and Technical Arts to create visual effects work
  • Make invaluable contacts before you graduate through regular industry guest speakers and BU’s BFX Festival, featuring a fantastic line-up of speakers, masterclasses, exhibitions, screenings and networking events
  • Graduate career-ready with 91% of our graduates in employment within 15 months of graduation. From a VFX course, entry level roles include Roto Artist or Matchmove artist. You could also start as a Runner in a production department or Prep Artist in the compositing department.  

Find out more about the content of this course.

For September 2024 entry: in order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in November 2023 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

We have a Foundation Year option for UK 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


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years with an optional 8 week placement (or 4 years with a-30 week placement) full-time. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with an optional 8 week placement, or 5 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

An art, design, mathematics or technology subject including Art, Computing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Mathematics, Media Design, Photography, Physics, Product Design

Entry requirements:

For September 2023 and September 2024 entry: 112 - 128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 32 points in one required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in a required subject. A portfolio is also required in support of your application. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2023 and 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.