Designed with the animation and visual effects industries at its core, this course focuses on the technical aspects of content creation. It allows the creative freedom for you to develop and work with your own ideas and concepts and bring these through to realisation. You will create your own assets for integration with virtual environments and composite with live-action footage to create complex visual effects. Character design, development and animation will be studied with a focus on the technical considerations for animating a deformable, organic 3D mesh. Surface capture and architectural visualization will also form part of your study, empowering you with the knowledge and tools to create photorealistic computer generated imagery. Team-based and individual study will prepare you for work within a dynamic and exciting industry. The degree will produce graduates able to work in a rapidly expanding digital sector including, but not limited to, film, games, education and engineering. Career opportunities for a Computer Animation and Visual Effects graduate include modelling, rigging and VFX technicians, lighting and texturing artists, 3D animators, camera trackers and compositors, as well as individual entrepreneurship. Features and benefits of the course: - Accreditation is currently being sought by the British Computing Society, the chartered professional body for IT and will be retrospectively applied once successful accreditation has been achieved. This will allows you to gain Chartered IT Professional status and become a graduate member of the BCS. - You will study a curriculum designed in conjunction with industry to equip you with the range of skills and strengths that employers demand. - The four year sandwich route gives you the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement boosting your employment prospects on graduation. - You will experience what it's like to work as part of a professional team finding solutions to complex problems via group projects. You can also get involved with extracurricular work to further apply your skills, for example, gaming events and the student computing society. - We recently invested £300k in hardware upgrades across the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Our excellent facilities include ten new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories equipped with high-specification PCs and Apple Macs with high performance systems and specialist software tools which work on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. - Teaching and research laboratories have advanced graphics workstations, clusters of graphical processing units and NEC SX61 and SX8 vector supercomputers. Our usability lab captures and analyses human behaviour as we interact with digital content.