Year 3 entry only
3D animators create an imaginary world filled with people, cartoon characters and everyday objects moving and interacting within an ever-changing environment. Using state-of-the-art design software 3D animators make fictional worlds look real.
This programme will appeal to you if you wish to specialise in 3D computer animation for digital film and visual effects, games, architectural and concept visualisation, virtual simulation or motion graphics. The programme will introduce you to the modern practises of 3D content creation for the creative industry, help you realise your career path and offer you the ability to specialise in a suited job role.
Studio facilities include: 3D Computer Animation Labs, Virtual Reality Lab, HD Video Production Suite, Art Studio, Digital Audio Recording Studio and Game Design Studio featuring 3D Laser Scanning tools, Motion Capture tools and Rapid Prototyping machines.
The programme has been designed with consideration and feedback received from professionals in the 3D computer animation industry. Recognising the current developments in Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), games, VFX and animation, this programme reflects closely the current requirements of the industry.
Among the exciting career possibilities for graduates from this course are 3D animator, 3D modeller, 3D graphic designer, game animator, architectural visualisation artist, video SFX artist and pre-visualisation artist for TV and film.
Advanced Character Animation, Integrated Project, Motion Graphics, 3D Production for Industry, (Elective) User Psychology or Game Pre-Production Workshop, Research Skills & Professional Issues.
Honours Project, Creative Practice, Advanced 3D Visualisation & Animation, Industrial Practice, Portfolio.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
- 3D Computer Animation (or equivalent) with an A/B in the Graded Units. Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio.
- Portfolio submission
- All applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio to gauge creative potential, motivation and suitability for the programme. Portfolios may be shortlisted to allow for an interview stage from a smaller pool of applicants.
Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
The fees shown are for students starting studies within the 2018/19 academic year. GCU is currently in the process of setting fees for 2019/20. Students interested in enrolling on a programmes starting in September 2019 or later should check back for further information shortly.
Tuition fees 2018/19
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 14 September 2018 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
Students have the opportunity for International Exchange. This could be for one trimester or a whole year study at another institution, often at one of our European partners, where courses are offered in English. Currently students taking this option do so at Year 3 and gain credits towards their degree.
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