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BA (Hons)CGI and Visual Effects

3 years
2023
UCAS code:
CGV1
Institution code: S30
UCAS points:
112-128
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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Why study a CGI and visual effects degree at Solent University

Ranked top 5 in the UK with the Rookies, this course can prepare you for the thriving and ever-expanding industries of visual effects and gaming.

  • 0th
    in the UK with the Rookies (2021)
  • Top0
    schools in the world with the Rookies (2021)
  • Access to industry-standard software and facilities, including a green screen room with virtual production tracking facilities, in-house cinema, motion-capture suite and Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft Hololens, Occulus Go x 5.
  • A creative, multi-disciplinary environment for world-leading research in media, culture and the arts – you will learn from experts in their field.
  • This course has no official exams and is primarily focused on practical work, with great opportunities to develop your learning.
  • Annual guest speaker event for CGI, VFX, Games and Animation attended by some of the industry’s top experts in the field.
  • Showcase your work through our annual graduate show.
  • Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, meaning all students have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which contains the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

This video 'Why study BA (Hons) CGI and Visual Effects' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Solent’s CGI and Visual Effects degree helps to develop artists for a competitive, high-tech industry that offers challenging and creative careers. The degree brings the latest cutting-edge techniques and industry standard software into the curriculum as well as offering you the flexibility to apply your learning in almost any field.

Building upon industry-relevant digital skills, classical art training, creative problem solving and ideas generation, this course offers an industry-oriented exploration of all the core 2D and 3D disciplines embodied across a range of exciting careers. You may come to us with no 3D or compositing experience, or you may have been producing your own models or animations before, either way we will work with you individually to develop your CGI and visual effects skills to meet industry expectations in your chosen direction.

Being aware of industry practices and in contact with industry artists is vital for developing your future career. We support you to build an industry network during your degree to help you find that first entry-level position through good social media practice, guest speakers at our weekly forums, annual events such as CGFX, Viz. Arch Viz, and our Graduate Show, as well as a range of trips. Alongside this you will have access to Solent’s many incredible facilities and will attend regular weekly feedback sessions using our industry Rushes pipeline in a recognised course ranked as one of the top schools in the world by The Rookies.

Our annual guest speaker event, CGFX, draws in some of the industry's top experts, allowing students to network and ask questions during the Q&A. Previous companies that have attended the event include Rockstar, Aardman, Glowmade, Outpost VFX, Funko Animation, and Framestore.

Our course is designed to help you evolve from being a learner to a practitioner with strong creative and technical awareness. You will explore many different areas of CGI and visual effects to help you build a wide skill base before focusing on a more specialist area with exactly the skills your chosen industry requires.

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Student work

Diana Kozinkina's render of a building

Diana Kozinkina

Filip Suska in his film, Blade Runner 3049

Filip Suska

Scene from Goncalo Ferreira's work showing a young woman reading a book

Goncalo Ferreira

Tom Gough's work showing a rendering of a sports car

Thomas Gough

A still from Jake Brown's work showing a man in a suit of armour in the woods

Jake Brown

Still from Casey Rankin's work showing a robot in front of a screen

Casey Rankin

Render of a Spitfire flying over the sea

Jack Humphries

Architectural visualisation of a kitchen

Prashant Sunar

Image shows a render of an army vehicle.

James Dye

Render of a helicopter by Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

Course features

  • Placement year

    If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

Who is this course for?

Solent’s CGI and Visual Effects course is ideally suited to students who want to learn and develop a range of skills for entry into a range of exciting careers. Applicants should have a portfolio of art, design or technical work to show at interview.

Although students are not expected to have examples of code, this is a perfectly valid portfolio choice for students choosing to pursue a more technical career path in the visual industries, particularly video games or visual effects.

What does this course lead to?

This course can lead to many exciting careers in the film, TV, advertising, video games and visualisation sectors. Students build a solid portfolio perfect for a generalist or entry-level specialist position.

With emerging markets, we are increasingly seeing exciting opportunities in simulation, virtual/ augmented reality, visualisation, military and many other industries that we are excited to present to our students.

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Throughout your studies you will have access to a wide range of up-to-date industry-standard software and facilities.

Virtual Production Studio with green screen and Mo-Sys tracking facilities; in-house Dolby Atmos cinema; specialist media production store with access to thousands of cameras and other items; computer suites with dedicated high-spec PCs and industry-standard software; motion capture suite; Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive and Microsoft HoloLens VR/AR equipment; Shotgun for asset management; Portable green screen; HDRI chrome/grey balls; portable Faro LIDAR scanner, Insta 360 Cameras; and 3D printing. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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