The 3D CGI Course at Bournemouth & Poole College has been training CGI graduates for over a decade and have placed students in over 100 companies including many of the big games, VFX  and visualisation companies such as Codemasters, Double Negative and visualhouse, some of which are shown below.


Students can study to Foundation Degree level and then top-up to a BSc with an optional placement year in industry. In the FdSc, we offer two main pathways: Modelling & Animation and Architectural Visualisation. When you enroll on the BSc top-up there are three specialist routes – Motion Capture, Character Design and Architectural Visualisation. More details of these can be found in the menus above.

We offer excellent facilities with 5 hi-spec computer suites and have cutting edge resources including two inertial motion capture suits, a hand-held 3D scanner and 340 core render farm – all of which are incorporated in our coursework and available to students for use in projects etc.

Our students regularly have industry contact through guest lectures and feedback panels – keep an eye on the blog to find out who…

Teaching Units

Foundation Degree Year 1
Modelling and Materials 1 3D Animation 1
Lighting and Rendering Production Editing and Sound
Graphical Communications 1 Project 1
Foundation Degree Year 2 – Modelling and Animation
Modelling and Materials 2 3D Animation 2
Rigging for Animation
Foundation Degree Year 2 – Architectural Visualisation
Architectural Modelling Techniques Architectural Materials and Lighting
Environment and Composition
Foundation Degree Year 2 – Generic Units (both pathways)
Project 2 Rendering and Post-Production

Teaching units for the BSc top-up can be found on the individual specialist route pages in the menu above (Motion Capture, Character Design and Architectural Visualisation).

Full course details can be found by following the links:

FdSc 3D CGI Modelling & Animation The College UCAS
FdSc 3D CGI Architectural Visualisation The College UCAS
BSc (top-up) 3D CGI Modelling & Animation The College UCAS
BSc (top-up) 3D CGI Architectural Visualisation The College UCAS

Best things to study

If you are keen on following a career in CGI, whether games, film, TV or visualisation, you should consider a blend between artistic and technical subjects.  A good art portfolio is important as this shows your creative potential but technical subjects such as IT and maths are also important as the concepts and the techniques for producing CGI can be complex.

Our Entry Requirements
120 UCAS Tariff points from two full A Levels or equivalent,
including one full A Level at 80 tariff points (i.e. grade C) in a relevant subject
Examples of relevant subjects: Multimedia, Graphics, Computing, Art, Illustration
Also, four GCSEs at grade C minimum, to include Maths and English
International students must have IELTS 6

Our programmes start from the beginning, so you do not need to know any 3D before joining us. However it is sometimes a good idea to try beforehand and many multimedia courses will have a 3D element to them.  We use the software listed below.

Primary:   3ds Max, Photoshop, V-Ray
Supplementary:  Maya, Mudbox, Motion Builder, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition, Fusion


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