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CGI, digital arts and visual effects at Solent

The CGI, digital arts and visual effects industries have seen a huge boom in opportunities for jobs, as technology becomes more accessible and the entertainment and film industries expand.

Do you want to bring your artistic skills to life? Solent’s CGI and visual effects degree helps to develop artists for a competitive, high-tech industry that offers challenging and creative careers.

Every screen – mobile, TV, film and cinema – contains animation, and if you love bringing characters to life, using hand-drawn traditional animation styles through to stop-motion and CGI, you can become a highly trained and multidisciplined animation professional.

Studying at Solent, you will learn the full production process – from first draft storyboarding to advanced filmmaking techniques, with an understanding of the industry pipeline – and develop your own portfolio ready for when you graduate.

Our degrees bring 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.

You’ll be informed by highly experienced industry professionals who bring their wide range of knowledge into their teaching and enable you to benefit from a range of guest lectures through industry connections.

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    BA (Hons) Animation

    Bring your creative ideas to life using traditional, stop-motion or CGI animation techniques and gain professional experience through industry connections.

    BA (Hons) CGI and Visual Effects

    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.

    BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming and Design

    Want to turn your creative ideas into market-ready games? Work with gaming industry professionals in specialist facilities to gain hands-on design and programming skills and studio experience.

    BA (Hons) Digital and Game Art (Top-up)

    Draw upon your previous studies and explore your interests to develop your own specialism within the wide subject area of digital art, including game art, in this career-driven top-up degree.


    Our industry standard facilities means you can work to professional standards, build you portfolio and get the skills you need to be ready for industry.

    For CGI, VFX and digital arts you can take advantage of: the virtual production studio, with green-screen and Mo-Sys tracking facilities; our in-house Dolby Atmos cinema; a specialist media production store with access to thousands of cameras and other items; computer suites with dedicated high-spec PCs and industry-standard software; a motion capture suite; Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive and Microsoft HoloLens VR/AR equipment; Shotgun for asset management; a portable green-screen; HDRI chrome/grey balls; a portable Faro LIDAR scanner, Insta 360 Cameras; and 3D printing. For animation, our industry-standard facilities include traditional light-boxes, special effects workshops and green-screen rooms. Students are also given free access to the Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a full suite of Autodesk software.

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