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What university are best for 3D animation and visual effect?

Hello, I’m thinking about doing this course when I get to University.
Although I still have a year yet to pick my opinion, I would like to know what University is good for this course.
Thank you
Reply 1
Go to Open Days in May/June this year and have a look around, listen to the presentations about the course and ask questions.

Then make your five choices.
Original post by Llllan
Hello, I’m thinking about doing this course when I get to University.
Although I still have a year yet to pick my opinion, I would like to know what University is good for this course.
Thank you

Hi @Llllan

Here at Kingston we have a great Illustration Animation course which you can find out more about here Illustration Animation BA (Hons) - Undergraduate degree course - Kingston University London. I don't personally study this course here but I am a Kingston School of Art student and think it is a really creative campus to study at. I have also seen the production and post-production studios for animation that look great and when it comes to the facilities and workshops there are loads that anyone one can use no matter what course they study. So I would also recommend attending open days as it is a great opportunity to see the facilities and location, talk to lectures and current students and get a feel for the uni, attending open days really helped me decide. Our next open day is Saturday 27th April.

Hope this helps, if you have any questions feel free to ask :smile:
-Grace (Kingston Rep)
Original post by Llllan
Hello, I’m thinking about doing this course when I get to University.
Although I still have a year yet to pick my opinion, I would like to know what University is good for this course.
Thank you

Are there any universities that you’ve looked at so far?
There’s a whole mix of options from specialist vfx providers, to art universities to big universities with a good animation/vfx/post production department. The best choice is going to depend a lot on the sort of environment that best suits you and your preferred style of learning/place to live.
Reply 4
Original post by PQ
Are there any universities that you’ve looked at so far?
There’s a whole mix of options from specialist vfx providers, to art universities to big universities with a good animation/vfx/post production department. The best choice is going to depend a lot on the sort of environment that best suits you and your preferred style of learning/place to live.

I’ve only looked at Hertfordshire university at the moment, I’m not sure other universities choices.
I’m not a really out going person I would say a quite places would be the best for me.
Reply 5
Original post by Kingston Reps
Hi @Llllan
Here at Kingston we have a great Illustration Animation course which you can find out more about here Illustration Animation BA (Hons) - Undergraduate degree course - Kingston University London. I don't personally study this course here but I am a Kingston School of Art student and think it is a really creative campus to study at. I have also seen the production and post-production studios for animation that look great and when it comes to the facilities and workshops there are loads that anyone one can use no matter what course they study. So I would also recommend attending open days as it is a great opportunity to see the facilities and location, talk to lectures and current students and get a feel for the uni, attending open days really helped me decide. Our next open day is Saturday 27th April.
Hope this helps, if you have any questions feel free to ask :smile:
-Grace (Kingston Rep)

Thank you! I will think about it.
Reply 6
Original post by PQ
Are there any universities that you’ve looked at so far?
There’s a whole mix of options from specialist vfx providers, to art universities to big universities with a good animation/vfx/post production department. The best choice is going to depend a lot on the sort of environment that best suits you and your preferred style of learning/place to live.

thank you so much
Original post by Llllan
I’ve only looked at Hertfordshire university at the moment, I’m not sure other universities choices.
I’m not a really out going person I would say a quite places would be the best for me.


most of the small private places are in London so if you're after something quieter then it's probably worth looking at AUB (in Bournemouth) and South Wales (although that's in Cardiff it's a lot less frantic that London even though it's a capital city)
Original post by Llllan
Hello, I’m thinking about doing this course when I get to University.
Although I still have a year yet to pick my opinion, I would like to know what University is good for this course.
Thank you

Hi there,

We offer VFX, Animation and Illustration courses that can all prepare you for a career in 3D animation and/or visual effects. A recent graduate that springs to mind is Leanne Rule. She studied Illustration with us, specialising in 3D and has launched a successful career as a 3D artist working in stills and animation. Her clients have included MTV, McDonalds and ITV/Love Island [https://www.instagram.com/leannerule/]. This is just one example, but it shows the importance we put on developing a unique visual style and identity, and the way that our courses overlap and mingle.

If you’re more interested in the post-production side of things, our Visual Effects for Film and Television course might be for you. We see a lot of graduates go into the Film and TV industry. It’s worth reading this story by Pablo, a recent graduate who worked on Mission Impossible [https://aub.ac.uk/latest/pablo-oliver-attending-aub-was-an-essential-part-of-my-career-in-vfx].

We’d really recommend coming along to an Open Day to get a feel for the work our students create and the resources we have on offer (you can book up to three talks in one day, so could hear from VFX, Animation and Illustration). Our next one is on 29 June and it coincides with the Summer Shows on campus where our graduates exhibit their work this is a great chance to see the kind of stuff you could be doing at uni. [https://aub.ac.uk/open-days]. This doesn’t just apply to AUB either, we’d really recommend going to as many Open Days as possible to get a feel for the courses as they’ll all be different and you’ll know when you find the one that’s right for you

Hopefully this helps,

AUB ☀️
Original post by Llllan
I’ve only looked at Hertfordshire university at the moment, I’m not sure other universities choices.
I’m not a really out going person I would say a quite places would be the best for me.

Hi @Llllan,

Great to see you're considering Herts as you research your options for 3D animation and visual effects courses 🙂

There are so many reasons to study this course at Herts! As you probably know, Herts has a very strong reputation in this field, with many accolades for our 3D Animation and Visual Effects course. We're currently ranked 8th in the UK for animation and games design according to The Guardian University Guide, 2024, and the course ranks highly in the world for production excellence.

Our graduates have gone on to some super exciting work opportunities - check out Hamid's success - he has realised his career dreams after studying our 3D Animation and Modelling courses and has recently collaborated with Disney to produce the first African sci-fi animated series, Iwájú 💫

But don't just take it from me! The best way to get to know a uni is to come along to an Open Day, as you'll get a real feel for whether a place is right for you. Our next one is coming up on Saturday 27 April - you will be able to join a taster session and speak directly to our course leaders, as well as seeing for yourself the fantastic facilities and campus life on offer. You can book here.

Hope this helps, but do let us know if you'd like any more detail. We'd love to see you at our Open Day to talk to you in more detail.

Best wishes with your research and decisions 🙂

Gaynor
Marketing and Communications
Reply 10
Original post by University of Hertfordshire
Hi @Llllan,
Great to see you're considering Herts as you research your options for 3D animation and visual effects courses 🙂
There are so many reasons to study this course at Herts! As you probably know, Herts has a very strong reputation in this field, with many accolades for our 3D Animation and Visual Effects course. We're currently ranked 8th in the UK for animation and games design according to The Guardian University Guide, 2024, and the course ranks highly in the world for production excellence.
Our graduates have gone on to some super exciting work opportunities - check out Hamid's success - he has realised his career dreams after studying our 3D Animation and Modelling courses and has recently collaborated with Disney to produce the first African sci-fi animated series, Iwájú 💫
But don't just take it from me! The best way to get to know a uni is to come along to an Open Day, as you'll get a real feel for whether a place is right for you. Our next one is coming up on Saturday 27 April - you will be able to join a taster session and speak directly to our course leaders, as well as seeing for yourself the fantastic facilities and campus life on offer. You can book here.
Hope this helps, but do let us know if you'd like any more detail. We'd love to see you at our Open Day to talk to you in more detail.
Best wishes with your research and decisions 🙂
Gaynor
Marketing and Communications

Hi! Thank you for this information.
Yes I have booked the open day since January and am very excited to go and explore.
I do have this question and have been searching online for it: is it best to study a course that includes both 3d animation and visual effect or study 3d animation/ visual effect individually?

Thank you
Hey @Llllan !
Just taking over from Gaynor here - but it really depends on your interests! At Herts we don't offer those as individual courses; but I had a very similar experience, where I studied Business and Marketing, but considered doing one them individually. For me, doing them together broadened my skills, knowledge and understanding of interchangeable principles within both respective fields. I also thought the University did a great job of organising the modules and lessons in such a way that didnt feel like they were separate subjects, but merged together seamlessly.

If you have an interest in both, I would absolutely recommend pursuing 3D Animation and Visual Effects together - you will be able to learn so many key skills and meet a lot of different people!

Glad you're coming to the open day - we're excited to see you there!

Best of luck with your research and decisions, I really hope this helps 🙂

Juan
Marketing
Reply 12
Original post by Arts University Bournemouth – Uni Rep
Hi there,
We offer VFX, Animation and Illustration courses that can all prepare you for a career in 3D animation and/or visual effects. A recent graduate that springs to mind is Leanne Rule. She studied Illustration with us, specialising in 3D and has launched a successful career as a 3D artist working in stills and animation. Her clients have included MTV, McDonalds and ITV/Love Island [https://www.instagram.com/leannerule/]. This is just one example, but it shows the importance we put on developing a unique visual style and identity, and the way that our courses overlap and mingle.
If you’re more interested in the post-production side of things, our Visual Effects for Film and Television course might be for you. We see a lot of graduates go into the Film and TV industry. It’s worth reading this story by Pablo, a recent graduate who worked on Mission Impossible [https://aub.ac.uk/latest/pablo-oliver-attending-aub-was-an-essential-part-of-my-career-in-vfx].
We’d really recommend coming along to an Open Day to get a feel for the work our students create and the resources we have on offer (you can book up to three talks in one day, so could hear from VFX, Animation and Illustration). Our next one is on 29 June and it coincides with the Summer Shows on campus where our graduates exhibit their work this is a great chance to see the kind of stuff you could be doing at uni. [https://aub.ac.uk/open-days]. This doesn’t just apply to AUB either, we’d really recommend going to as many Open Days as possible to get a feel for the courses as they’ll all be different and you’ll know when you find the one that’s right for you
Hopefully this helps,
AUB ☀️

Thank you very much! I will be going to many open days this summer, AUB is one of them. I do have one question about the courses; is the animation and visual effect separated courses?

Thank you, llan
Reply 13
Original post by University of Hertfordshire
Hey @Llllan !
Just taking over from Gaynor here - but it really depends on your interests! At Herts we don't offer those as individual courses; but I had a very similar experience, where I studied Business and Marketing, but considered doing one them individually. For me, doing them together broadened my skills, knowledge and understanding of interchangeable principles within both respective fields. I also thought the University did a great job of organising the modules and lessons in such a way that didnt feel like they were separate subjects, but merged together seamlessly.
If you have an interest in both, I would absolutely recommend pursuing 3D Animation and Visual Effects together - you will be able to learn so many key skills and meet a lot of different people!
Glad you're coming to the open day - we're excited to see you there!
Best of luck with your research and decisions, I really hope this helps 🙂
Juan
Marketing

Thank you! The open day last week sure did make me stable my decision of studying this course for university. Hertsfordshire would definitely be in my university choices. I would like to ask some advices on Art portfolio if possible? As I didn’t get to ask last week since I had to leave early.
Thank you.
Original post by Llllan
Thank you! The open day last week sure did make me stable my decision of studying this course for university. Hertsfordshire would definitely be in my university choices. I would like to ask some advices on Art portfolio if possible? As I didn’t get to ask last week since I had to leave early.
Thank you.

Hey @Llllan!

Great to hear you found the open day to be useful 🙂

These two videos might help you out a little. Course leaders Lewis Guarniere (3D Animation) and Mark Wallman (Visual Effects) provide some tips for portfolios and give an insight into the courses! These videos are about 5 years old so that may be why they don't cover the two courses in one!

Also might be worth chatting with Moyra on Unibuddy, a current 3D Animation and VFX student, they could also give some great tips.

Hope this helps!

Juan
Marketing
Original post by Llllan
Hello, I’m thinking about doing this course when I get to University.
Although I still have a year yet to pick my opinion, I would like to know what University is good for this course.
Thank you

Hi Lillan
Please check out this article which gives some comparison of the top few 3D animation UK universities visual effects courses . There are some great places out there to study. Get your career kickstarted and get to one of these top institutions and get a head. Being a place where alumini have continually gone to do well in the areas you're interested in can only be a good thing.
Original post by MarblesStorable
Hi Lillan
Please check out this article which gives some comparison of the top few 3D animation UK universities visual effects courses . There are some great places out there to study. Get your career kickstarted and get to one of these top institutions and get a head. Being a place where alumini have continually gone to do well in the areas you're interested in can only be a good thing.


Wow. Imagine a company selling a tech heavy service like animation having a website that doesn’t work on mobile in 2024.

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