Postgraduate study

Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Teesside University enjoys an excellent and long-established reputation in the exciting fields of computer animation and visual effects. We are ranked in the top 20 list of international animation schools (Animation Career Review 2018) and our computer character animation and computer animation and visual effects courses are accredited by Creative Skillset, the UK’s Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council.

Our courses are supported by a wealth of expert teaching staff that include award-winning practitioners and experienced industry professionals. Our purpose-built facilities house dedicated life drawing spaces, recording and motion capture studios and a fully equipped sound stage including green screen facilities and motion control cameras.

Recent graduates have gone on to work at Framestore, Double Negative, Cinesite, The Mill, Ubisoft, Bloom Studio, Cubic Motion, Studio Liddell and many other leading studios.

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.


  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Animation* MA Yes Yes View course
Computer Animation and Visual Effects MA Yes No View course
Technical Direction for Visual Effects MSc Yes Yes View course

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* Subject to University approval


Recognised areas of excellence in the School of Computing, Media & the Arts, 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, Media & the Arts 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.

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)