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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 let you 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.

If you choose to study at BU, you can rest assured that you really will be in the very best of hands.

Why choose BU?

BU’s years of experience in teaching this subject area
The number of BU graduates involved in work nominated for an Oscar since 2017
The average salary* of a Games graduate after five years

*Longitudinal Education Outcomes 2017.

Watch our playlist to see videos from our Computer Animation, Games and Visual Effects degrees.

“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.”

– Mike Mulholland, BU graduate & Oscar nominee

BFX Festival

BU is home to the BFX Festival, the UK’s largest visual effects, computer games and animation festival. Attracting a wealth of star-studded industry names including Disney, DNEG, ILM, Creative and Blue Zoo (among many others), the festival is a unique opportunity to put your skills to the test by creating visual effects shorts as part of a team. It also offers the opportunity to network with top visual effects companies. Here are the highlights from the BFX Festival 2018:

Our animation screening room

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How to apply

Find information on entry requirements, and how and when to apply for our courses.