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About the course

Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) is everywhere and if you are interested in the visual side of any industry, you can explore that with CGI. Our CGI 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.

CGI is a mix of the artistic and the creative, and this degree supports you by nurturing and building both sides. You may come to us with no 3D experience, or you may have been producing your own models or animations before, either way our small group sizes enable us work with you individually to develop your CGI skills – helping you to meet industry expectations in your chosen direction.

This 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 to help you build a wide skill base, before focusing on a more specialist area with exactly the skills your chosen industry requires.

Being aware of industry practices and making contact with industry artists is vital for developing your future career. And our experienced course team will help you to build an industry network during your degree. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn good social media practice, attend guest lectures and weekly forums, and attend annual events such as CGFX, Viz.Arch Viz and our graduate showcase.

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
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

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?

Computer generated imagery is an exciting and growing field which covers many of this country’s shortage areas such as modeller, rigger, texture artist, 3D animator, matte painter, 3D supervisor and technical director.

The flexible design of the course means that in addition to the above, the course could also take you into concept art, 3D character modelling, creature effects (CFX), motion capture, digital set destruction, effects, motion graphics, architectural visualisation, previsualisation, character rigging, environment modelling and many more directions in sectors such as film, tv, games, advertising, or animation.

Who is this course for?

This course is well suited to those who want to explore 3D as an artistic medium, or learn some of the most up-to-date and advanced graphical techniques.

You should also be enthusiastic about the subject and committed to learning some of the most exciting and technical artistic practices.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,800

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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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 will be required to attend an interview.
  • 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
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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

Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

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

Year two

Core modules
  • 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 modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • 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

Ken Pitts academic profile Ken Pitts Course Leader View profile
Alex Scott academic profile Alex Scott Lecturer View profile
Yulia Gleed academic profile Yulia Gleed 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

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