Bournemouth University

Digital Effects

This is a truly international course, attracting students from all over the world with a diverse range of cultures and identities. It will provide you with a strong theoretical and technical underpinning for the principal areas of study thanks to lecture series on filmmaking techniques, green screen, MOCAP, computer graphic principles, the fusion of art and technology, personal research, and applied digital effects theory and practice. We accept students from a broad range of art-based subject areas including fine art, photography, architecture, filmmaking, fashion design, and graphic design. We will also consider applications from non-art based subjects such as computer sciences or engineering, as long as good art skills can be demonstrated. Knowledge of digital effects and computer graphics are not a prerequisite for entry, as everything is rapidly taught from basics. A strong set of traditional art and photography skills are however highly beneficial, and demonstration of all art-based skills should be done at application stage in the form of a digital portfolio. MA Digital Effects and the National Centre for Computer Animation is the UK's only officially recognised Houdini Certified School. This incredible software is now at the forefront of the VFX Industry, and knowledge of it is a must for anyone wanting to progress their careers in this field. Digital Effects 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 illustration or figurative character-based, then our 3D Computer Animation Programme may be a better choice for you. If your application portfolio is mostly technical or programming-based work without much in the way of original artwork, then our Computer Animation & Visual Effects Programme may be the better choice. Our assessment panels will automatically pass applications deemed better suited to another pathway onto them, so it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with all our Master's pathways to help ensure Digital Effects is the right programme for you.

Entry requirements

MA: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject. The academic team will look at your online application including your qualifications, personal statement and any work experience. Please make sure your application stands out from the crowd and leaves us in no doubt that you want to study at Bournemouth University. If English is not your first language, you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.

Course modules

Digital Effects Nucleus; Digital Effects Tools; Digital Effects Techniques; Moving Image Theory; Group Project; Personal Inquiry; Master's Project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 15,000 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 8,000 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Talbot Campus BH12 5BB South West

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