B.Sc. On Campus

Computer Animation and Visual Effects (Hons)

Manchester Metropolitan University

36 months
18000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Focusing on the technical aspects of content creation, by taking the Computer Animation and Visual Effects (Hons) programme from Manchester Metropolitan University you’ll develop all the skills you’ll need to launch a career in computer animation and visual effects.


We take a learning by doing approach on this course. So, as well as expert guidance and support, you’ll have access to a fully equipped computer animation suite, with dedicated green screen room, lighting rigs and motion capture equipment. In other words, you’ll have everything you need to learn how to create your own assets for integration with virtual environments and live-action footage to produce complex visual effects. 

You’ll learn about creating, rigging and animating 3D models, developing advanced particle effects such as fire, smoke and moving liquids, and about compositing and integration methods. And most importantly, at all stages you’ll have the creative freedom to develop your own ideas and concepts right through to the finished article.

Teamwork is at the heart of this industry and you’ll have plenty of opportunity for team-based study to help prepare you for the world of work. You’ll be perfectly poised to enter this rapidly expanding and exciting digital sector.

Our computer animation and visual effects degree also provides the option of spending an extra year expanding your horizons by working on a placement in industry.


Careers in computer animation and visual effects include Computer Graphics (CG) Generalists, animators, lighting or texturing artists and technical director roles such as riggers and compositors. In addition, the skills you learn on this degree are highly valued by a range of employers and opportunities may exist in areas such as games, film, advertising, medical science, engineering and education.

Graduates of the Computer Animation and Visual Effects (Hons) programme from Manchester Metropolitan University have stepped into roles in a variety of sectors and specialisms, from new media, games design and programming, to visual effects studios and creative agencies such as Framestore, DNEG and Space Digital.

Manchester is a major hub for the digital technology industry. The close proximity of MediaCity and a large number of both established companies and innovative tech start-ups means that the opportunities for technological collaboration are huge. Situated in the 'Oxford Road Corridor' innovation district of Manchester, the University and the Department of Computing and Mathematics are perfectly placed to work with key players in the digital technology and new media sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Team Project
  • Compositing Fundamentals
  • Fx Fundamentals
  • Production for Vfx
  • 3d Fundamentals
  • Graduate Skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 112-120 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels – to include grade C in one of the following subjects: IT, Computer Science, Mathematics, CCEA Digital Technology, Software Systems Development or a science subject.
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in IT or Computing – DMM
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma in IT, Computing or Science with a minimum score of 112 UCAS Tariff points.
  • Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ). Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.
  • Specific GCSE requirements: GCSE grade C/4 or above in English Language or Pass in Level 2 Functional Skills English and GCSE grade C/4 or above in Mathematics or Pass in Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate points: 26 IB Diploma Points including HL 5 in IT

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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