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Computer Animation, Games & Visual Effects

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Computer Animation, Games & Visual Effects courses

If you are a passionate storyteller who loves to create new worlds and characters, then one of our Computer Animation, Visual Effects or Games degrees will teach you the skills to turn your dreams into reality.

We are home to the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and are ranked among the top 10 visual effects schools across the world. Our Games courses are accredited by TIGA, the trade association for the UK games development industry.

Our graduates have gone on to work on a plethora of successful Hollywood movies including Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Avengers, to name just a few. They have been nominated for and have won Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes along the way.

Our games graduates are now working for companies such as Microsoft Rare, Electronic Arts, Criterion Games, Rockstar North, Unity, Jagex, Frontier Developments, Rebellion, TT Games and King, amongst others

If you choose to study at BU, you can rest assured that you really will be in the very best of hands. What's more you'll have access to state of the art facilities in our new Talbot Campus Gateway Building with a green screen studio, screening rooms, motion capture facilities, animation labs, collaborative working spaces and much more.

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Why choose BU?

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The average salary* of a Games graduate after five years

*Longitudinal Education Outcomes 2017.

Mike Mulholland

Mike Mulholland

BU graduate & Oscar nominee

Since graduating, I’ve worked on lots of blockbuster films. Highlights include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Gravity, Warhorse, the Matrix sequels, Avengers, Avatar, Band of Brothers and many more.

BFX Festival

The BFX Festival is recognised as one of the world’s premier animation, film and games festivals, attracting collaborators from around the world. This annual festival features entertaining, educational and inspirational presentations that highlight the amazing work of the creative and technical artists behind the latest blockbuster movies and games.

Festival-goers can book to attend masterclasses delivered by leading industry professionals, as well as network at the dedicated Recruitment Day, featuring a range of studios who will be on hand to conduct portfolio reviews and give advice to aspiring professionals.

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