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CGI and Visual Effects

4 years with foundation year
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Institution code: S30
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Southampton City Centre
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If you’re looking to study BA (Hons) CGI and Visual Effects, but don’t have the relevant qualifications or experience, our digital arts foundation year will help you develop the core skills and knowledge to progress onto the full-time CGI and visual effects degree.

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 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.

Why choose this course?

Who bring their wide range of experience into their teaching and enable you to benefit from a range of guest lectures through industry connections.

And is primarily coursework driven, with great opportunities to develop your learning.

These include 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.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s Foundation Year in Digital Arts is intended for students without the required UCAS points for direct entry. This could be mature students returning to education, students without the required qualifications, or students looking to change career path after completing further education qualifications.

What does this course lead to?

This foundation year will help you build the relevant skills and knowledge to enter onto the BA (Hons) CGI and Visual Effects. This can lead to a career in the multi-billion pound games industry in areas such as video game studios and art production, to film and animation studios.

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.


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 PC’s 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.

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