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Computer Animation & Visual Effects
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Overview

Creative thinking is at the heart of what we do. If you are passionate about filmmaking, animation, games or drawing, we will give you the skills to help you make your mark in the animation and visual effects industry.

The core themes of the course are storytelling, animation and cinematography. We will help you develop your creativity and technical ability in all these areas so that you graduate with the expertise animation and visual effects employers are looking for.

You will be taught by tutors who have a wealth of experience in the industry - Senior Lecturer Darren Wall has worked on award-winning animated short films for the BBC, while Rory McLeish has worked on Clint Eastwood's Hollywood blockbusters Flags of our Fathers and The Day After Tomorrow.

We will teach you about animation principles and practice, video production and advanced post production. The visual effects element of the course covers techniques from digital compositing to 3D character animation and dynamic simulation.

You will have the opportunity to exhibit your final projects to the general public and industry professionals at our end of year showcase.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.
You will have access to guest lectures from experts such as Jamie Lochhead - a visual effects specialist who has worked for the BBC and ITV - and an opportunity to take part in a live brief set by Feature Media, an award-winning video production company in Leeds, who will give you feedback on your work.

One of the most exciting parts of our course is the opportunities we will give you to get creative in our first-class facilities. You will be able to use our motion capture studio to track the movement of a performer and apply this motion onto a virtual 3D character, just like the character Gollum in Lord of the Rings or the film King Kong.

In our blue screen room you will film something live and apply it to any background or location you wish without leaving the studio. You will use our digital sculpting tool Z-brush, 3D Studio Max, Adobe Creative Suite and the latest compositing software.

There are several international animation and film festivals held locally which provide great opportunities to immerse yourself in the industry.

We also offer you the chance to go abroad during your summer break and work with students at a university in Austria on animation and visual effects projects.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Sandwich year
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 94.7% of students felt they had the right opportunities to work with other students (National Student Survey 2017).

Entry Requirements

96
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements. Through your personal statement you are expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to computing.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements. Through your personal statement you are expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to computing.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
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Careers

Laura Whitaker

Careers

Laura Whitaker
Creative Media Manager Dynamic Business Services Ltd

BSc (Hons) Computer Animation & Visual Effects

“My course leaders had great connections. After being talent-spotted at an end-of-year showcase event at the University, I'm now employed as a 3D design specialist and trainer.

Modules & learning

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An opportunity to develop 3D Assets and Environment, looking at modelling, texturing, lighting and rendering.

Improve your knowledge in observation and drawing to benefit your animation skills. You will be introduced to a variety of creative techniques.

You will gain practical experience in the recreation of realistic movement in an animated environment.

We'll provide you with an appreciation of the different types of animation that are available and enable you to begin to apply fundamental animation techniques.

You will develop an appreciation for design and visual aesthetics, learning the appropriate terminology, technical skills and basic visual awareness to be successful in industries related to creative technology.

This is a chance to develop your video editing skills, have an introduction to pre-production, production and visual effects techniques.

Examine essential 3D modelling techniques, including the professional pipeline required to achieve a proficient level of artistry for digital sculpting and soft surface modelling within a typical VFX workflow.

An opportunity to develop skills in automated animation techniques. Based on experimentation in the simulation of real world effects, you will develop a portfolio of content.

You will gain practical experience of creating high quality video compositing sequences including the integration of 3D & live video content.

Analyse how an actor or other type of professional performance can be harnessed, using digital motion capture techniques. You will get the chance to edit and manipulate captured data.

Based on research into real world motion you will develop an animation portfolio. You'll gain skills in creating, adapting and contextualising ideas and delivering them within an appropriate visual framework.

An opportunity to gain practical experience producing content for a professional visual effects product.

We will develop your knowledge and awareness of the animation and visual effects industry. You'll be guided in creating a portfolio of work for presenting to potential employers.

An opportunity to work on either a group or individual major showpiece project within an area associated with animation and visual effects.

This is an opportunity to create an animation or visual effects sequence to be used as the main show piece for their professional show-reel.

You will be introduced to scriptwriting for broadcast and will learn how to provide effective written content for online media

You will explore the conventions of short film production, with a view to applying your own style and creative skills, with a particular emphasis on creative storytelling.

We will improve your ability to apply motion to visual content in a technically advanced and aesthetically appealing manner.

An in-depth study of the key principles and tools for creating 3D character designs. You will also look at digital sculpture and mesh development.

The aim of this module is to allow you to experiment with, implement and analyse lighting, texturing and rendering techniques related to 3D visualisation.

Darren Wall
Darren Wall
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer and researcher in Computer Animation and VFX.

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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Facilities

  • Blue screen / motion capture studio
    Blue screen / motion capture studio

    The 3D motion capture equipment records and analyses human movement to produce animated content. We also have other movement analysis technology, including eye-tracking facilities.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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