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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 in computer animation, character animation, concept art, and visual effects for TV and film.

Teesside University is ranked as one of the top 20 places to study animation in the world by 3D World magazine, 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.

Animation Career Review (ACR) also rates us in the top 20 places to study animation in the world. It says, 'Let’s look at the facts: their graduates have gone on to work at Pixar, DreamWorks, Framestore, Sega, and Ubisoft on projects like Kung Fu Panda, Avatar, Mass Effect 2, Monsters University, Gravity, Iron Man 3, and the Grand Theft Auto series! 3D World ranked this university as one of the top 20 places in the world to study animation and we here at ACR definitely agree with their judgment! The School offers both undergraduate and postgraduate options for animation and game animation paths to better meet your specific needs.'

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.

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  • Ranked #18 in the Animation Career Review list of top international schools
  • State-of-the-art facilities with fully equipped 2D and 3D animation studios, life-drawing studios, motion-capture studio, sound stage and recording studio
  • 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)
  • Study one of our Skillset-accredited programmes, considered amongst the best in the world – we’re one of the top 20 places in the world for courses in animation and computer games (3D World and Animation Career Review)
  • Feel assured. 92% of our computer animation and visual effects students are satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2015)
  • Develop essential teamwork experience, producing a professional short film ready to screen at international festivals

Quality teaching

Skillset approved Our courses are supported by a wealth of talented teaching staff that include award-winning practitioners and experienced industry professionals.

Industry links
Animex, the UK's largest animation festival, takes place on campus every year bringing world renowned studios and artists to the University. Previous speakers have included Eric Goldberg, Phil Tippet, Ray Harryhausen and artists from Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks and Industrial Light & Magic. Several of our speakers have been Teesside graduates who now hold senior positions in these major studios.

Industry professionals and recruiters continue to be involved throughout our courses delivering guest lectures and portfolio reviews, with some of the UK’s major studios making regular visits to the University to talk to students.

Animex festival has been listed as one of the world’s top events by an influential international magazine. In the 250th celebratory issue of Animation Magazine, Animex is highlighted as one of their 25 'can’t-miss' events.

Supportive study

While we expect you to develop as an independent learner, we commit a wealth of resources to support your learning journey:

  • staff in specialist roles to support you academically and personally, both as an individual and as part of a course cohort
  • graduate demonstrators share their own student experiences and their personal journeys into business, employment or further study.

First-class facilities

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

To support your studies and practice, we have invested in purpose-built facilities:

  • dedicated life drawing spaces
  • recording studio
  • motion-capture studio
  • fully equipped sound stage including green screen facilities and motion-control cameras.

Excellent prospects

Teesside graduates can be found in some of the world's most highly regarded animation and visual effects studios including Pixar, DreamWorks, Industrial Light + Magic, Framestore, Double Negative and The Moving Picture Company. They have worked on a huge number of box office hits such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, Iron Man 2 and 3, Godzilla, Game of Thrones, Spectre, and Oscar winners (for Best Achievement in Visual Effects) Gravity, Inception and Interstellar.

We are dedicated to supporting you in your search for jobs when you have graduated. Each year you receive dedicated careers advice and support to prepare you for getting your first job. This includes preparing your portfolio and developing your interview skills. At the end of your final year you exhibit your work at our annual ExpoTees show, giving you the chance to showcase your work to employers and key industry players. At ExpoTees we work closely with a number of leading UK animation and visual effects studios to award a limited number of exclusive 3, 6 or 12-month internships, which often lead to permanent employment.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of senior roles such as visual effects supervisor, head of animation or directors of their own businesses. Depending on your area of interest or specialism, you could become a development artist, 2D or 3D animator, modeller, rigger, compositor, visual effects artist, technical director or producer. You can also use your knowledge to forge a successful career in related industries such as journalism and teaching.

If you have a desire to open your own studio, Teesside has some of the most successful graduate support systems for entrepreneurs. The University’s DigitalCity Fellowship scheme enables recent graduates with business ideas to set up with start-up funding, equipment, premises and business support. Once established, companies can then move on to DigitalCity Business, which helps businesses develop in facilities designed and built specifically to support the creative industries in the Teesside area. Success stories include Seed Animation, a thriving commercial studio now working in offices in Soho.