University of Leeds Featured Masters Courses
SOAS University of London Featured Masters Courses
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
Northumbria University London Featured Masters Courses
Ulster University Featured Masters Courses

This Master’s in 3D computer animation is the perfect launch-pad for a career in a wide range of disciplines, including concept design, character and creature animation, modelling, lighting, rigging, texturing, compositing and simulation.

The course will help you acquire the skills needed to work in a number of areas where computer animation is applied, including films, animated features, computer games, television production, commercials, illustration, scientific visualisation, flight simulation, virtual environments, architectural visualisations and interactive media.

We enjoy very strong links with industry, due largely to the ubiquity of NCCA graduates in the film, game and television industries. Graduates have worked on films such as Blade Runner 2049, The Avengers, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Dunkirk. We host regular visiting practitioners lecture series where you'll be able to learn about the 2D and 3D industry from practicing artists and companies, including our graduates, as well as attend regular Masterclasses from professionals. Over the past five years we have attracted some of the best Visual Effects, Animation and Games studios from around the world to present to our students.

We’ve created a professional studio environment where you'll be provided with your own workstation which is accessible 24/7. Facilities also include a full suite of industry standard 2D and 3D software, a full Motion Capture studio, a High-Definition Television Studio and a creative atmosphere in which collaboration with students from other Master’s courses provides a realistic setting to discover what it’s like working with other creative and technical people.

MA 3D Computer Animation is one of three Master's degree pathways created by the National Centre for Computer Animation NCCA. All pathways share a great deal of core teaching, but also have specific pathway teaching. If your primary area of interest is mostly digital effects and moving image theory, then our Digital Effects programme may be a better choice for you. If your skills are mostly technical or programming-based without much in the way of original artwork, then our Computer Animation & Visual Effects programme may be the better choice.

Core units

  • Computer Animation Principles: You’ll investigate the underlying theories within computer graphics and animation, in parallel to the development of practical skills.
  • Computer Animation Techniques: This unit aims to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in computer animation principles and practice. Software tools and best practice are underpinned by the theories introduced in the computer animation principles unit.
  • Computer Animation Principles & Techniques: You'll develop skills and knowledge in computer animation principles and practice, which will help to improve the quality of your productions. You'll also become conversant in the language, concepts and techniques relating to the course.
  • Moving Image Theory: Containing the general image theory elements of the programme, this unit incorporates lectures on art, science, technology, digital cinematography, supporting screenings of films and animations, computer animation, digital effects and computer games.
  • Group Project: Working with students from all three postgraduate courses (MA3D, MA Digital Effects) you'll present a concept for a short animated piece.
  • Personal Inquiry: You’ll pursue research in areas that interest you. This begins at the start of term two, and is assessed at a research symposium in the middle of term three.
  • Master's Project: The focus of the fourth term is on completing the Master’s component of your education. This project can be a standalone project or a continuation of the group project unit. In either case you can work alone or with other students. The year ends with a computer animation show, which gives you the opportunity to showcase your work to industry professionals and potential employers.

Careers

Graduates from our computer animation courses are highly sought after within the industry. Our alumni have worked on many high-profile projects, including movies such as Venom, Paddington 2, Avatar, Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Shrek, Guardians of Ga'hoole, the Harry Potter series, Sucker Punch, Happy Feet, Monsters vs Aliens, James Bond and Judge Dredd, among many others.

They have also been involved with the animation for a range of computer games, such as Grand Theft Auto, Crysis 2 and Fable II. Our graduates have worked for a number of the world's top VFX and computer games studios, including Pixar, DreamWorks, EA Games and Sony Picture Image Works.

The roles our 3D Computer Animation graduates are in include:

  • 3D Artist
  • Artist
  • Software Developer
  • Character Animator
  • Technical Animator

Visit the MA 3D Computer Animation page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...


Enquire About This Course

Recipient: Bournemouth University

* required field

Please correct the errors indicated below to send your enquiry


Your enquiry has been emailed successfully