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MSc Computer Animation & Visual Effects


Course Description

You are expected to come from a technical background (Computer Science, Physics, Maths, Engineering) with an existing knowledge of programming and the course will build upon this, providing you with a combination of artistic sensibilities, problem-solving and technical skills, which can be applied to the role of technical director within the animation and games industries. Technical directors often have to work alongside computer animators and resolve technical problems either by configuring existing software tools or designing new tools.

During your year-long study, you will develop your programming and scripting skills, and become familiar with special techniques and tools associated with computer animation. These skills are assessed in a variety of projects you will undertake during the year. Emphasis is placed on the use of industry standard hardware and software in the development of these techniques. Typical examples include the development of C++ programs to test new algorithms, the writing of shaders to support rendering, and the developing of scripts and tools to create new effects.

The academic aspects will provide you with a strong theoretical underpinning for the principal areas of study, including lecture series on computer graphics techniques, animation software development, principles of computer graphics, the fusion of art and technology, and personal research projects. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with students on the other two Master’s courses in the Group Project. This format provides a realistic setting to discover what it’s like working with other creative people and working to a strict timescale.

The course attracts students from all over the world, giving it a strong interdisciplinary, international feel.

Visit the MSc Computer Animation & Visual Effects page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Academic Scholarship - 20+ Awards

For courses starting in September 2017 and January 2018.The Academic Scholarship recognises outstanding academic achievement among our postgraduate applicants. To qualify for this award, you need to demonstrate an excellent academic profile that is relevant to your course.
If you are enrolling on any full-time taught postgraduate course at BU (including CPE, LPC and PG Dip Legal Practice), or a Master’s by Research, you will automatically be awarded the scholarship, provided that you meet the above requirements. The scholarship is paid in the form of a reduction to your tuition fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

As a minimum, you need an upper second-class honours (2i) from a Bachelor’s degree (or an overseas equivalent), or CPE with a merit profile
Any UK or EU student applying for a full-time taught postgraduate degree at BU
You cannot receive this scholarship if you are applying for a Postgraduate Diploma or distance learning course but applicants for the PG Dip Legal Practice are eligible for this award
You cannot be in receipt of any other scholarships.

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/uk-eu-student-scholarships/academic-scholarship


(Scholarship)

BU Music Scholarships - 15 Awards

For courses starting in September 2017 and January 2018.If you’re passionate about music and want to continue to develop your talents while you’re studying for your degree, our BU Music scholarships are here to support you. Some of the money you’re awarded will go towards regular music lessons for your main instrument or voice with one of the university’s tutors, but you can use the remainder to see your favourite artists in concert, buy new music for your collection or even to pick up a new outfit to wear on stage - whatever fuels your musical passion.There are two types of music scholarships available - major award and minor award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,150 (major award) or £450 (minor award)

Eligibility

To apply for one of these awards, you must be able to demonstrate that you are a talented musician or vocalist and that you have been involved in ensemble activity.
Any UK, EU or international applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at BU

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 August if your course starts in September and 30 November if your course starts in January. Late applications may be considered if there are funds remaining.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-funding/undergraduate-scholarships/ukeu-student-scholarships/bu-music-scholarships


(Scholarship)

BU Sport Scholarship - 20+ Awards

For courses starting in September 2017 or January 2018.The BU Sport Scholarship is available to high level sporting athletes coming to study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at BU. The scholarship is designed to provide you with the funding you need to develop your sporting abilities and take them to the next level.You can apply for up to £5,000 of funding and put this money towards coaching, equipment, competition entry fees, travel expenses or/or support services.You must demonstrate excellence in your chosen sport, and be part of a Regional, National and/or International squad and compete at that level. Athletes receiving a scholarship will ideally represent BU in the BUCS programme (League and Individual), as well as themselves and/or their club at regional, national or international level. Individual athletes will also need to be competitive with top performers within the BUCS programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500 to £5,000

Eligibility

You must be a high performing sportsperson and have the desire to continue to develop in the sporting arena, as well as academically.Any UK/EU or international applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course delivered at BU.

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 August if your course starts in September and 30 November if your course starts in January.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-funding/undergraduate-scholarships/international-student-scholarships/bu-sport-scholarship


(Scholarship)

Executive Dean's Scholarship - Faculty of Media & Communication - 4 Awards

For courses starting in September 2017.This scholarship is available to any UK or EU applicant for a full-time taught Media Master's degree delivered by the Faculty of Media & Communication, excluding Postgraduate Diplomas, who can demonstrate an outstanding academic profile relating to their course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction

Eligibility

You will need to have a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (2i) and must fill in an application further highlighting your academic achievements and explaining why you should be considered for this scholarship
Any UK or EU student applying for a full-time taught Media postgraduate course with the Faculty of Media & Communication
Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas are not eligible for this award
You can’t receive this scholarship if you have been awarded any other BU scholarship.

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 May 2017.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/uk-eu-student-scholarships/executive-deans-scholarship-faculty-media-communication


(Scholarship)

BU Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship - Most-promising applicant - Single Award

For courses starting in September 2017.The scholarship is paid in the form of a full tuition fee waiver.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver

Eligibility

You need to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in your undergraduate studies, as well as an exceptional personal profile in your personal statement
Any international applicant from China, India, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, the USA or Vietnam who is studying a full-time taught postgraduate course at BU
You cannot receive this scholarship if you have applied for a distance learning course
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 May 2017.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/bu-vice-chancellors-international-scholarship-most-promising-applicant


(Scholarship)

Chevening Scholarship (External Scholarship) - No. of awards TBC

A full Chevening Scholarship includes: tuition fee waiver
travel to and from your home country
an arrival allowance
the cost of an entry clearance (visa) application
a grant for thesis or dissertation
an excess baggage allowance
a monthly personal living allowance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver

Eligibility

Any international student applying for a full-time taught Master's degree at BU who is a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country at the time of application and who intends to return there at the end of the period of study.

Application Procedure

Apply online.The deadlines are country specific but the application window is usually August each year for September entry in the following year.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/chevening-scholarship-external-scholarship


(Scholarship)

Academic Excellence Scholarship (International) - 20+ Awards

For courses starting in September 2017 or January 2017.The Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship for international students is designed to recognise outstanding academic achievement.You need to be enrolling on a full-time taught postgraduate course delivered at BU. This includes Master’s by research, CPE, LPC and PG Dip Legal Practice, but excludes distance-learning courses, Postgraduate Diplomas and certain courses delivered by the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,500 (tuition fee reduction)

Eligibility

To qualify for the Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship (International), you need a minimum of 65% in your Bachelor's degree, or an upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university, or a CPE with a merit profile for entry to LPC (Legal Practice Course)
Any international applicant for a full-time postgraduate course, excluding Postgraduate Diplomas or distance learning courses
If you're applying for the PG Dip Legal Practice, and meet the criteria, you are eligible for this award
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarships.

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/academic-excellence-scholarship-international


(Scholarship)

International Partnership Excellence Scholarship Communication University of China (CUC) - Single Award

You don’t need to apply for this scholarship, as you will automatically be considered for it should you meet the above criteria and be holding an offer of a place on a Media School Master's course by 31 May 2017.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000 (tuition fee reduction)

Eligibility

The BU International Partnership Excellence Scholarship for students of the Communication University of China (CUC) is awarded annually to the student from CUC who has the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) and who is applying for a taught postgraduate Master’s at The Media School
Any Chinese student who is studying a course with CUC and who applies for a taught postgraduate Master’s at The Media School
You can’t receive this scholarship in conjunction with any other BU scholarship, except the BU International Partnership Scholarship (CUC).

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/international-partnership-excellence-scholarship-communication-university-china-cuc


(Scholarship)

International Partnership Scholarship Communication University of China (CUC) - 20+ Awards

For September 2017 entry.
You don’t need to apply for this scholarship, as you will automatically be considered for it should you meet the above criteria and be holding an offer of a place on a Media School Master's course by 31 May 2017.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 (tuition fee reduction)

Eligibility

This scholarship will be awarded to any postgraduate students from the Communication University of China (CUC) who apply to study a full-time taught postgraduate degree at The Media School
Any Chinese student who is studying a course with CUC and who applies for a taught postgraduate degree at The Media School
You can’t receive this scholarship in conjunction with any other BU scholarship, except the BU International Partnership Excellence Scholarship (CUC).

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/international-partnership-scholarship-communication-university-china-cuc


(Scholarship)

BU Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship - 10 Awards

For September 2017 entry.In addition to your academic achievements, you will also need to showcase an outstanding personal profile through your personal statement in the application form.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction

Eligibility

Any international applicant from China, India, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, the USA or Vietnam who is studying a full-time taught postgraduate course at BU
It is open to any students applying for a full-time postgraduate course with BU who achieves a high level of academic study in their undergraduate studies
You cannot receive this scholarship if you have applied for a distance learning course
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 May 2017.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/bu-vice-chancellors-international-scholarship


(Scholarship)

BU Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship - 10 Awards

For September 2017 entry.In addition to your academic achievements, you will also need to showcase an outstanding personal profile through your personal statement in the application form.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction

Eligibility

Any international applicant from China, India, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, the USA or Vietnam who is studying a full-time taught postgraduate course at BU
It is open to any students applying for a full-time postgraduate course with BU who achieves a high level of academic study in their undergraduate studies
You cannot receive this scholarship if you have applied for a distance learning course
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarship

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 May 2017.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/bu-vice-chancellors-international-scholarship


(Scholarship)

Executive Dean's Scholarship - Faculty of Media & Communication (International) - 4 Awards

For courses starting September 2017The Executive Dean’s Scholarship for the Faculty of Media & Communication (International) is available to any international postgraduate applicant for a full-time taught Media Master's degree, excluding Postgraduate Diplomas, delivered by this School, who can demonstrate an outstanding academic profile relating to their course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction

Eligibility

You will need to have a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (2i) and must fill in an application further highlighting your academic achievements and explaining why you should be considered for this scholarship
Any international applicant for a full-time taught postgraduate Media course with the Faculty of Media & Communication
Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas are not eligible for this award
You can’t receive this scholarship if you have been awarded any other BU scholarship.

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 May 2017.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/executive-deans-scholarship-faculty-media-communication-international


(Scholarship)

Colombia Partnership Scholarship - 20+ Awards

For September 2017 entry.If you meet the criteria and hold an offer of a place on a BU Master's course by 31 May 2017, you will automatically receive this scholarship - you don’t need to apply for it.

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% fee reduction

Eligibility

Any student resident in Colombia currently studying at EAFIT, Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia (EIA), Universidad del Rosario or Universidad de La Sabana who is applying for a full-time taught Master’s at BU
You cannot be in receipt of any other BU scholarships.

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded.

Further Information

https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/international-student-scholarships/colombia-partnership-scholarship



Entry Requirements

A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 or above or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.

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