Taught course

Computer Animation and Visual Effects

University of Bradford · Department of Creative Technology

Entry requirements

2:2 or above: - Containing a significant component in Computing, Digital Arts, Art and Design or related fields from an approved degreeawarding body; OR - In a subject other than Computing or Digital Arts, but can demonstrate sufficient relevant experience in Computing, Digital Arts, Animation, Graphics, etc.

Months of entry


Course content

There is a clear demand today for well-qualified professionals
able to take a lead in developing and exploiting existing and
emerging new media technologies. Computer technology and its
creative application have already reached such a level of maturity
and sophistication that a number of distinct and specialised
areas have emerged including computer animation, digital
special effects, multimedia authoring, web-based application
development and computer game design.
This course is primarily designed for those students who do
not have an undergraduate degree in computer animation
and special effects but who would nevertheless like to extend
their skills, knowledge and understanding into this area. With
an undergraduate degree in a subject ranging from the arts
to science, you would be expected to have some skills and
experience of computing, or computer imaging and design,
although not necessarily in animation.
The programme aims to enable you to develop advanced
knowledge, skills and understanding of creative technologies, in
particular within the field of computer animation.
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
skills further, 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 (3 x Core Modules and 1 x Option Module):
- Computer Animation (20 Credits) (C)
- Motion Capture (10 Credits) (C)
- Visualisation and Storyboarding (10 Credits) (C)
- Cinematic Language (20 Credits) (O)
- Visual Arts and Digital Media (20 Credits) (O)
Stage 2 60 Credits (2 x Core Modules and 1 x Option Module):
- 3D Character Modelling and Animation (20 Credits) (C)
- Computer-Generated Special Effects (20 Credits) (C)
- Build your own Enterprise (20 Credits) (O)
- Issues in Digital Media (20 Credits) (O)
Stage 3:
- Computer Animation and Special Effects Project (60 Credits) (C)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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