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New Look, New Course

Bournemouth_University_logo smallFollowing our recent course review with Bournemouth University, we are proud to introduce our new updated course with some ground-breaking new units.

The Foundation Degrees have been updated and revamped to more closely reflect industry pipelines and to ensure the skill sets are current and the BS top-up has a radial new approach.

The New BSc Top-Up

The biggest changes are in the BSc top-up with specific career paths allowing students to specialise and give themselves a career boost as they develop from their first junior position. The specialisms are in Motion Capture, Character Design and Architectural Visualisation.

Students following the Motion Capture route will immerse themselves with a ‘hands-on’ approach by capturing animation in a variety of ways from cutting-edge mocap suits to Kinect boxes. They will be analysing, cleaning and subsequently using the data, via MotionBuilder & Maya, in a creative Project. They will have a good understanding of digitally capturing facial features and expressions along with a better knowledge of key frame animation to supplement the mocap.

Character Design students are those that wish to go beyond standard modelling. They will start with the art of character concepts building on in-depth narrative. Not only will they be fluent in creating animatable geometry using digital sculpting but with a specialist understanding in the various other ways of obtaining this geometry. This will stem from small scale photogrammetry and laser scanning through to the all-important retopologising of a model.


The BSc Architectural Visualisation is a pathway taken by those, not only wanting to present their work to photorealistic standards but, to become specialists in lighting, texturing & rendering architectural structures & habitats. This pathway will now be supported with architectural appreciation, and the introduction of large structure capture – multi-laser and photogrammetry, real time rendering and virtual reality.

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More details of each specialist route, including the teaching units can be found using the menus above.

How does the new FdSc differ from the old one?

Modelling, Lighting & Texturing units get a major revamp.  The new Lighting & Rendering unit in Year 1 brings photometrics and Mental Ray in (formerly Year 2). The new Modelling & Materials unit starts in Year 1 and continues into Year 2

Production Editing & Sound has also had some of the existing Year 2 content brought in – specifically introducing 2D compositing in After Effects. This allows the old Post Production & Processes unit in Year 2 to become Rendering and Post Production, with new material on physically-based rendering and real-time rendering for games and virtual reality as well as visual effects elements such as green screen / rotoscoping and camera tracking / stabilisation.

Graphical Communication is now much more art-based and prepares Year 1 students for a significant contribution of concept art to their own Year 2 Project.

Animation continues in both Years 1 & 2 but is more focused on animation principles with rigging separated out as a new unit – Rigging for Animation – in Year 2.

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For the Visualisers, Architectural Modelling in Year 2 is boosted by a new unit – Architectural Lighting & Rendering – which predominantly covers V-Ray.

For a summary of all the FdSc Units, please go to the About page using the menu above.

Our New Look

AlternateThe branding of our new programmes was developed with Make Studio in Bournemouth. Make Studio is a creative agency, distinguished by its visualisation service, Make Believe.

Make Believe provides high quality visualisations for architectural and commercial projects. They recently employed one of our graduates as a 3D Artist and are hoping to take on an intern from our Architectural Visualisation pathway in June.

Make Believe is one of our many industry partners who get involved in the design, delivery and assessment of our course and help us ensure our graduates are always up-to-date with their skills.


Bye-Bye Sarah

SarahAfter 12 years, it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our FdSc Programme Leader, Sarah Ferrand. Sarah is moving on to pastures new and will be working at Eastleigh College. Sarah has been heading up our FdSc programme for the last five years. She designed the whole Year 1 course with its unique closely monitored practical instruction. She always had a genuine desire to see students succeed and real talent for motivating students to achieve beyond their capability. Her input on the programme will be sorely missed.

At the end of year show this year, Sarah said her goodbyes to current and ex-students alike.

Sarah with… Top: all the students from the show, Row 1: Jack Arnold of Visualhouse / Jake Balston (BSc), Row 2: Lewis Younger of Emporio Developments / Lee Corbin of Drilling Systems, Row 3: Yulia (theCollegeCGI) and Ed Richards-Bond of Archi-Vista / Raymond Makawa (BSc). Sarah with students

Of course, no departure from theCollegeCGI team is complete without a proper send-off. We took Sarah to the Edge Restaurant at Alum Chine…

…and made her eat Oysters! (She might be glad to be going.)

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Class of 2014 Graduation

Congratulations to all our Honours Degree and Foundation Degree students who graduated in June.  It was great to catch up with you again at the graduation ceremony last Thursday.

Another good year for our graduates with overall grades of 25% First Class Honours and 41% Upper Second.  Especially good results from our Architectural Visualisation graduates who ALL achieved a 2:1 or better.

 image[7]BSc 3D Computer Generated Imagery 2014 with David Bowen and Ken Pitts (tutors)


Hi and welcome to the 3D CGI Programme at Bournemouth & Poole College.

If you are a new student with us, we look forward to getting to know you and helping you through the intricacies of Computer Generated Imagery.  If you are returning to Year 2 or our BSc Top-Up, lets continue to work together to make you the best you can be.

Our goal is to make you into a proficient, creative and fully rounded CGI artist and with some enthusiasm and plenty of hard work on your part, that is exactly what we will do.  We hope you all have a great year.int_cam03_post Filbert

End of Year Show 2014

groupOur proud students from 2014

Thank you to all who attended our end of year show, it was a great success and good to meet so many industry friends (old and new). For those that couldn’t attend, here are some photos.
(Student work will be on-line soon.)

Ex-student Ryan Parker of  The Neighbourhood opening our show

The BSc Exhibition





Ex-students James and Paul from MintViz

The FdSc Exhibition






And the award goes to…

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BSc CAD-CGI Team Award for Excellence and Creativity (Modelling & Animation):  Ed Fisher
BSc CAD-CGI Team Award for Excellence and Creativity (Architectural Visualisation):  Harry Cook
FdSc CAD-CGI Team Award for Excellence and Creativity (Modelling & Animation):  Rafa Estelles
FdSc CAD-CGI Team Award for Excellence and Creativity (Architectural Visualisation):  Ben Fooks
FdSc Design Award:  Elliot Johansen-Baker
Presented by Philip Davies, Assistant Director of Higher Education (left to right)

Class of 2013 Graduation

Congratulations to all our Bachelor Degree and Foundation Degree graduates from last year. Another good year for results – 53% First Class Honours, 24% Upper Seconds from the BSc graduates!

Also special mention to Eva Solveig Thordardottir who won the Bournemouth University Partner College Student Prize for her final year project. [link]

It was a great occasion and good to catch up with you all again and to meet some of your parents. Please keep in touch and let us know how your career pans out.

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