The University was pleased to welcome a visit by Double Negative this month, Europe’s largest visual effects company, who were responsible for the visual effects that secured this year’s Best Visual Effects Oscar Award for the film ‘Inception’. Double Negative is also famously known for its work on the Harry Potter Films.
Despite the economic downturn BA (Hons) Course Leader Mark Collington is optimistic about the future of animation in the UK:
“The UK Visual Effects industry is particularly buoyant right now, and this should help maintain other well-established areas of the UK animation industry. The larger companies often take on graduates from animation courses, and are keen to hold onto employees and continue to train them up long-term. Visits by companies such Double Negative really inspire our students, and galvanise them to develop their showreels accordingly.”
The University of Bedfordshire BA (Hons) Animation course trains students to work in 2D, 3D and stop motion animation, with a view to working in feature length animation, commercials, pop promos and video games.
There are other courses in the Faculty for Creative Arts, Technologies and Science, which complement this provision which include: BSc (Hons) Computer Animation, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development, and an FdA Animation for Industry qualification. These courses train students how to program, learn about fundamental computer animation principles, technical skills development and engage with client led briefs.