Computer-generated imagery has become a staple feature of many professional media productions, contributing to record-breaking revenues in its related industries (VFX, games, visualisation, advertising and more). Southampton Solent University’s computer-generated imagery programme can help you to take your first step into this exciting industry, learning the essential technical skills required to work on architectural visualisation, game development, 3D animation, VFX and post-production projects.
- After learning the general principles of CGI in the first year, students spend the second and third year developing a specialism.
- Specialisms can include visualisation and photo-realism, film VFX, digital character design, 3D animation, video game art, feature animation and much more.
- Teaching staff recognise the importance of a professional show reel, encouraging students to continuously adapt and improve the way they showcase their work.
- CGI students come from a variety of backgrounds, catering to those who are new to CGI as well as those who already have a grounding in CG skills.
- Solent’s media academy is home to a range of high-spec computers that are dedicated to CGI creation and rendering. These machines provide access to the latest professional software packages as used in industry.
- The media academy also offers a comprehensive media loans scheme, giving students free access to high-definition video cameras, DSLR full-frame cameras and other media equipment.
- Students will have access to green screen facilities and professional motion capture technology.
- Teaching is delivered by a team of industry professionals with experience in film and television, video games and architectural visualisation.
- Traditional art units offered on the course help students hone their observational and aesthetic skills.
The UK has an established reputation for world-leading VFX, games and other CG-related industries – a point that was well demonstrated in 2014, when four out of the ten projects considered for a VFX Oscar were based in the UK (Guardian, 2014).
Demand for this type of work is likely to increase as media projects become more and more dependent on the services that CG-specialists can provide. VFX is no longer solely found in action epics and sci-fi blockbusters, but can be found seamlessly supporting a range of games, advertising and broadcast productions.
CG-skills are also sought after in a number of industries outside of the media including architecture, interior design, design visualisation and simulation.
Southampton Solent University’s computer generated imagery programme starts by ensuring that students have a solid foundation in both the technology that powers CGI and the traditional artistic skills that underpin it.
During this time students learn a diverse range of digital skills, becoming proficient in industry software such as 3DS Max, Maya, V-Ray, Z-Brush, Adobe Creative Suite and many others. Solent also provides students with access to green-screen, video and sound recording, and motion capture facilities.
The second and third year of study encourage students to start developing specialisms and working towards the CGI career that they would like to pursue after graduation. During this time, students will also develop a range of transferable industry and freelancing skills.
Throughout the course, students are encouraged and supported as they seek out work experience placements. Aided by the course team, past students have found work placements at a variety of relevant VFX, visualisation and animation businesses.
The course team’s industry links also provide students with access to industry professionals. Opportunities have previously included industry tutoring, show reel critiques and guest seminars.
Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed as a CGI professional? With guidance from an expert course team, access to the latest industry technology and a holistic approach to CGI training, Southampton Solent University’s computer-generated imagery programme is the perfect springboard for a career in this creative industry.