Postgraduate study

Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Teesside University enjoys a long-standing and well-deserved reputation in the exciting fields of animation and visual effects. Our courses are designed for careers as in film, television and games.
Recent Teesside graduates have been employed by Framestore, Double Negative, Cinesite, The Mill, Ubisoft, Bloom Studio, Cubic Motion and Studio Liddell.

Teesside is ranked 18th in the Animation Career Review list of top international animation schools.

Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Teesside is one of the best-equipped learning environments for anybody seeking a career in animation or visual effects. We have purpose-built facilities housing dedicated life drawing spaces, recording studio, motion-capture studio and a fully equipped sound stage including green screen facilities and motion-control cameras.

Courses

Courses
  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Computer Animation and Visual Effects MA Yes No View course

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Quality teaching

The high quality of computing courses at Teesside has been recognised by a national review undertaken by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. A report by the British Computer Society highlighted 'the positive approach to course delivery, innovation and student support'.

First-class facilities

Teesside is one of the best-equipped learning environments for anybody seeking a career in animation or visual effects.

Purpose-built facilities:

  • dedicated animation labs with high-spec computers running industry-standard software such as Maya, Houdini, Realflow, 3DS Max, NukeX, Mari and Adobe Creative Suite
  • recording studios
  • motion-capture studio
  • fully equipped sound stage including green screen facilities and motion-control cameras.

Research

Recognised areas of excellence in the School of Computing, such as entertainment computing, are supported by strong research activity and several members of staff have international reputations as acknowledged experts in their fields.

A number of recent collaborative research projects have been funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the European Commission (under the Information Society Technologies programme of the 5th and 6th European Frameworks). These projects have been in the field of virtual reality and multimodal interfaces with applications to digital arts and entertainment, such as interactive television, virtual reality art and computer games.

We also support applied research and technology transfer, with involvement in a number of teaching company schemes and knowledge transfer partnerships.

Animex is one of the largest animation festivals in the UK and is run by School of Computing staff with support from many regional organisations and student volunteers.

The event has a major animation screening programme as well as professional workshops and other events which give you an opportunity to meet and talk to some of the key players in the animation and games world.

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The MProf and DProf are available if you want to undertake research relevant to your career. A limited number of studentships and scholarships may be available. Paid research assistantships may also be available, subject to funding.

Excellent research facilities include sophisticated motion capture equipment, immersive projection systems and an eight-node PC cluster with advanced graphics hardware.

Areas in which research degrees can be offered include:

  • accessibility and special needs computing
  • artificial intelligence (agent-based systems, applied artificial intelligence)
  • computer graphics, visualisation and computer animation
  • computer security (including access control)
  • design and development of interactive learning systems
  • formal methods
  • multimodal interfaces
  • virtual environments (virtual and augmented reality)





Factfile

  • Network at Animex, the University-hosted international festival of animation and computer games, one of the top 25 can’t-miss events to attend this year (Animation Magazine 2015)
  • World-class resources with animation industry-standard software and hardware available
  • Over £22m invested in our Athena and Phoenix buildings to further enhance our reputation for digital technology and digital media
  • An enviable international reputation for computer animation and visual effects with many of the teaching staff industry practitioners and consultants
  • Teesside is ranked 18th in the Animation Career Review list of top international animation schools