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About the course

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.

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.

The course team’s industry links also provide students with access to industry professionals. Opportunities have previously included industry tutoring, showreel critiques and guest seminars. 

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.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

After learning the general principles of CGI in the first year, students spend the second and third year developing a specialism.

What does this course lead to?

The UK is a leading global competitor in this high-tech and knowledge-intensive sector, with a robust job market and sustained demand for a specialist workforce.

Skills from this course are also ideal if you’re hoping to find a route into the entertainment industries.

Employment can lead into a number of wider industries such as architecture, interior design, creative design, publishing or simulation production.

Who is this course for?

Our BA (Hons) Computer Generated Imagery is optimised for students who want to learn the creative and technical skills required to produce high-quality CGI products for games, films, television, advertising or animation. Students will graduate having had ample time and resources to create a professional portfolio.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry I710
  • 4 Years Digital Arts Foundation Year II71
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,700

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Digital Arts

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click on the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement year 4 years Apply

Foundation Year in Digital Arts route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement year 5 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Digital Pipelines
  • Introduction to 3D
  • Drawing
  • CGI Environment Design
  • Visual Research
  • Animation

Year two

Core units
  • Digital Character
  • VFX/Simulation
  • CGI Production
  • Architectural Visualisation


  • Advanced Drawing
  • Lock Down
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives 1
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives 2

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Production Management 
  • CGI Pre-Production
  • CGI Major Production


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Students' work

Meet the course team

Nick Hampton academic profile Nick Hampton Lecturer View profile
Kevin Dean academic profile Kevin Dean Associate Lecturer View profile

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.


The course makes use of computer labs equipped with dedicated, high-spec PCs and all the most up-to-date and industry-relevant software, such as 3DS Max, Maya, V-Ray, Z-Brush, Adobe Creative Suite and many more. We also have access to green-screen, video and sound recording, motion capture and 3D printing facilities.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

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.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • 3D visualiser (architectural, design, photo-realism and more)
  • 3D modeller
  • Lighting and rendering artist
  • VFX artist (simulation, particle)
  • Texture artist
  • 3D animator
  • Commercial 3D artist (print, web, broadcast)
  • Digital cinematic artist
  • Video games artist
  • 3D illustrator and CGI photographer
  • Compositor
  • Concept artist.

Industry links

You will receive an extensive grounding in the modern industry, drawing on the course team’s industry ties to provide:

  • Regular contact with industry professionals, including tutoring, feedback and seminars
  • Live projects from real-life clients, run in an industry studio environment
  • Regular participation in competitions and industry events.


You’ll be encouraged to seek placements within the industry wherever possible, and the course team will offer support and advice in finding a suitable placement. Aided by the course team, past students have found work placements at a variety of relevant VFX, visualisation and animation businesses.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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