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BA (Hons)CGI and Visual Effects

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UCAS code: CGV1
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a CGI and visual effects degree at Solent University

With great industry connections and fully up-to-date facilities, this flexible course can help you get your dream job in any of the 3D or visual effects industries.

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  • Access to industry-standard software and amazing facilities, including our cutting edge 10m virtual production stage, DSLR body scanner, Vicon motion capture suite, trackable green screen room, LiDAR scanners and 360 cameras.
  • A creative, multi-disciplinary environment with regular live briefs, active research projects and industry masterclasses – you will learn from experts in their field.
  • This course has no exams and is primarily focused on practical work, helping you create a work-ready portfolio while you develop your learning.
  • Weekly guest speakers and three annual industry events mean you experience the most current industry practices.
  • Showcase your work through our annual graduate show.
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Course overview

This is a thriving sector in the UK, and Solent’s CGI and Visual Effects degree can take you in so many directions, from explosive film VFX to 3D character design, from architectural visualisation to motion graphics, from virtual production to motion capture.

You will grow from a strong foundation of skills taught during your first year to become a fully industry-ready practitioner in the direction of your choosing. Our top-quality teaching, as well as our small course size, means you will be individually guided towards you ultimate career.

We support you to build an industry network during your degree to help you find that first entry-level position through networking and dissemination of your work, hearing from guest speakers at our weekly forums, attending annual events such as CGFX, Industry Week, and our Graduate Show, as well as studio trips. Alongside this you'll have access to Solent’s many incredible facilities and will attend regular weekly feedback sessions using our industry rushes pipeline.

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, Framestore, Airship Interactive, MPC, Jellyfish, Ubisoft and many more.

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Email: 023 8201 5066

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Student work

Our creative degrees allow our students to develop a critical eye for design with a knowledge of different design approaches and problem solving techniques. Take a look at some of the great work they produce.

Course features

  • Foundation year available

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

  • 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

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

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.

Solent stories

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The course is just tailor-made to learn about the foundations of multiple disciplines within these industries

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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 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.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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