Taught course

Advanced Computer Animation and Visual Effects

University of Bradford · Department of Creative Technology

Entry requirements

2:2 or above: - Containing a significant component in the field of Computer Animation and/or Special Effects from an approved degree-awarding body; OR - In a subject other than Computer Animation, but can demonstrate sufficient relevant experience in Computer Animation and/or Special Effects

Months of entry


Course content

The past decade has seen a rapid expansion in the use of
computer-based imagery in the generation of film, television,
interactive entertainment and computer games. Hardly a piece
of visual media is produced today that has not at some time
been manipulated by a computer. The need for well-qualified
professionals to take a lead in developing and exploiting existing
and new computer graphics technologies will continue to grow
with this widespread use.
This advanced course is designed for students who already
have a relevant undergraduate degree in computer animation
or computer-generated special effects, or for people with a
computing / engineering undergraduate degree who can
demonstrate sufficient relevant experience in these fields, and
who want to further extend and develop their skills, knowledge
and understanding. We aim to equip you to become a wellqualified
professional who will take a lead in developing and
exploiting existing and emerging media technologies.
Our teaching is backed up by an international research programme
in imaging, multimedia, computer animation, virtual reality,
distributed virtual environments, visualisation, digital video, humancomputer
interaction, telecommunications and artificial intelligence.
Your choice of either the MA or the MSc route will depend
on your previous experience, your interests and your career
ambitions. Both routes share many modules; however the MA
route allows you to develop your artistic and creative animation
talents, while the MSc route allows you to develop your practical
and technical skills.
Special Features:
This course draws upon the successful research expertise of
the internationally recognised Centre for Visual Computing
Alongside one of our key partners, the National Media
Museum, we co-host the Bradford Animation Festival - one of
the largest and most successful events of its kind in the UK
Our specialist facilities include state-of-the-art hardware,
software, cameras, a chromakey studio and motion capture
equipment that matches or surpasses what is used in many
areas of the industry
Modules 2011/12:
(C) = Core, (O) = Option
Stage 1 60 Credits (2 x Core Modules and 1 x Option Module):
Computer Animation and Special Effects (20 Credits) (C)
Project: Research and Proposal (30 Credits) (C)
Motion Capture (10 Credits) (O)
Visualisation and Storyboarding (10 Credits) (O)
Stage 2 60 Credits (1 x Core Module and 30 Credits from the
Option Modules listed):
Project: Pre-Production (30 Credits) (C)
Build your own Enterprise (20 Credits) (O)
Computer-Generated Special Effects (20 Credits) (O)
Computer Graphics and Applications (10 Credits) (O)
Issues in Digital Media (10 Credits) (O)
Research Skills and Methodologies (10 Credits) (O)
Stage 3:
Project: Production and Post-Production (60 Credits) (C)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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