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    This course is delivered by the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA).

    What will I study?

    • This course is one of the most established computer animation courses in the UK and was developed after extensive consultation with many of the leading companies in the computer animation, digital special effects and computer game sectors
    • The course has a focus on the creative use of computer graphics and animation technology
    • The course content combines elements of traditional art disciplines, such as life drawing and cinematography, with elements taken from the computing and engineering disciplines, such as programming and applied maths
    • Students divide their time equally among computing and moving image studies
    • View the detailed course content.

    Who should do this course?

    • Students who demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
    • Students that show an understanding of the animation industry
    • Applicants that have a mathematical and creative background
    • Students who can produce a strong portfolio of art work from still life to photography
    • Applicants who demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.

    What can I do next?

    • NCCA graduates can be found working for the industry's best-known players, including Industrial Light and Magic (founded by George Lucas) and Dreamwork (partnered by Stephen Spielberg)
    • Graduates have worked on hit films such as Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Alice in Wonder Land
    • Student animated shorts are reguarly screened at SIGGRAPH, the world's leading computer animation festival
    • Many of our graduates go on to study a postgraduate course at BU.

    Tell me more

    View an article by The Independent as to why you should study Animation.

    Computer Animation is one of the most rapidly expanding areas of creative endeavour and technical development. It is an exciting, fast-changing and rewarding area to be involved with.

    Both the technology and the creative application of this technology have reached such a level of maturity and sophistication that we begin to see a number of quite distinct and specialised application areas emerging which graduates of this course can enter. Such areas are 3D computer animation production, 2D and 3D digital special effects, and computer games.

    In particular, the last decade has seen a truly amazing growth in computer animation and its applications. This is manifested in the production of fully synthetic feature films such as Shrek, photorealistic digital special effects such as Star Wars and The Matrix, and a wide range of computer games.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee
    • EUR 10603 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 14727 Year (International)

    For 2014 entry:

    • UK/EU/Channel Islands: £9,000
    • International (non-EU): £12,500
    Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    To view the course content, please visit the course profile on our website.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Tariff points

    The entry requirements for this course are 320 to 340 tariff points, from 3 A-levels, including 120 points from one specified A-level (determined by our academic and admissions team, from the A-levels you are studying), or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.

    Required subjects

    One creative subject such as Fine Art, Graphic Design or Photography and one technical subject such as Maths, Computing or Physics.

    Relevant subjects

    Creative, visual or technical subjects including Dance, Music, Theatre and Drama.

    Excluded subjects

    This course does not accept A-level General Studies.


    This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A* to C, including English and a B in Maths.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Bournemouth University.


    For fees and funding information, please visit our website.


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