Bournemouth University (BU) is a public university in Bournemouth. The main campus is located in Poole. BU was established in 1992. Ever since its foundation, Bournemouth University has been an excellent institution of higher education. Speaking of- the university was a finalist for two prizes in British higher education (“University of the Year” and “Research Project of the Year”). The school was known for its professional courses, but since 2000, the focus has been research. Today, 16 000 students are enrolled in programmes at Bournemouth University, among those are 1 500 international students, making the campus a multicultural learning environment. The university has highly qualified teachers. Students receive an outstanding education and are able to gain insider knowledge through internships and study abroad (at one of the many of Bournemouth University’s many academic partners) throughout their studies. The university gained fame and recognizance because of its work in the media industries. Its Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) is renowned. Graduates have worked on numerous Hollywood films. BU offers undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development courses, as well as foundation degrees and top-up degrees. Many BU Alumni are living abroad and found work quickly after graduating as they were well-equipped for high-level employment
As an international student I am very much happy to be a part of BU. BU organises a lot of events thus making it easier for students to socialise. They treat international students with equal care and support. I felt like home whilst my study at BU.View more
I love Bournemouth – a great place with lots to do. The uni has good lecturers, who are engaged in their subjects and are good at teaching. I’ve made lots of friends through sports and societies and have new hobbies from my time here. I’d improve the student support but it’s majorly very good. Overall I enjoyed my time here and would recommend it.View more
My degree has really enhanced my writing skills due to the amount of reading and researching the degree requires us to do, which I find to be very beneficial when it comes to working in media after university; all types of media are mentioned in this degree and it really opens the door to many career paths. The students are given a lot of online resource to help us complete essays and assignments, and the seminars allow students to have one on one sessions for when specific help is needed. However, the lectures could be more engaging, such as creating more activities for students. The overall university life at Bournemouth has been fun due to the amount of clubs and social spaces there are, making the social life very exciting. I’m enjoying university so far!View more
There were many things to like about the Biological science course at Bournemouth Uni, there was a good mix of opportunities for lab and fieldwork which always made a fresh change from normal lectures and seminars, this helped increase engagement and productivity. There was a great variety of modules to choose from which is helpful since Biology is such a broad topic, you could mould your degree to a certain angle depending on your interests. The professors were always available to help and responded to queries quickly which helped when essay writing. My main criticism is that more could’ve been done regarding career prospects after the degree, I think further attention to this area should be considered in the future. Bournemouth as a location for a university experience is better than expected, a quiet seaside town that is brought to life by students with club nights most days of the week and a good selection of bars and restaurants. Of course, there is also the beach which is a great place for walks and runs in the winter and for gatherings, parties and days out in the Summer months.View more
Poor experience due to coronavirus. No visits to campus in my final year. Tutors were supportive. They worked very hard to make sure that we get some sort of lessons online and continue with the education rather than waste the time and money of students. The online lessons have been up and down due to the fact that it’s been hard to concentrate and be motivated to learn in lessons. Overall my experience was great but it could have been better.View more
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of support I’ve received. My lecturers have given me tons of support in terms of writing research reports and help with statistics, going as far as to give in-depth guides. Additionally, we’ve been given forums where we can ask questions if we’re stuck. Overall, Bournemouth University has given excellent, detailed support.View more
After finishing my degree in Computer Animation Arts at Bournemouth University, I chose to take on a Masters. I found this to be the best decision as I have learnt so much in a short space of time. The teaching in Digital Effects is thorough and help is always at hand if you get lost at all. It is an intense course for anyone who is new to the subject but it will bring you up to speed quickly as we all start from the same level.
The facilities were great with computer access 24/7, a green screen studio and high spec equipment to hire out. After taking the relevant training you will be free to hire out spaces as you please to complete your projects. This course is very practical and allows you to build on your skills ready for industry.
I would highly recommend BU for the study of Digital Effects.View more
Studying MA Digital Effects at BU was quite intense for me especially because I had no background in VFX prior to getting in. I remember arriving 2 weeks late into the course and I was faced with my first project, AQUASCAPE… Omg! I thought to myself, what exactly am I going to do? That’s exactly where my journey into the VFX industry started. My tutor was so amazing and he gave me the confidence I needed to forge ahead. Overall, I had an overwhelming experience and can’t begin to write in detail how much I learnt, I enjoyed 3D modelling the most. I would highly recommend BU to anyone who wants to venture into VFX as they provide you with so many opportunities job-wise and will always bring in people who are experts in the field to speak to you once in a while. Believe me, you will get stressed but it will definitely be worth it in the end.. xoxoView more
My experience at Bournemouth University was good. There are many things that could be better though. In the beginning, I was really excited about the technology. However, during the second semester, I realised the technology was probably not enough 😂. As students of Digital effects, we require really good computers in order to do the work. The computers were sometimes crashing and the render farm didn’t work properly. All these reasons made our work harder to achieve and time-consuming. I believe the classes were good, but we only had one teacher per module for a big group of people. We were almost 50 and this complicated a bit the time that each teacher spent with us. Smaller groups could have been better to make the learning a bit easier.
The facilities were good. We had a lot of support from the student union. There was a gym, a supermarket and a cafe that worked pretty good. Moreover, there was some student associations. I joined the Animation society which usually had nice events, but many events were cancelled because of Covid. Other thing I liked was the idea of the Academic development department. They were there to help with the essays, and they explained us how to reference properly. Despite this, we didn’t use it a lot as many of our modules required practice with the computer.
It was definitely a busy and hard year. It was really intense and we didn’t have a lot of free time. There was a lot of homework and self learning, but overall it was a good course.View more
I took the MA Digital Effects course at Bournemouth University and it was a great experience. As a student who had experience studying the subject in other institutions, I found BU and especially MA Digital Effects is the better place to study VFX and I still learnt new things and techniques. The course is intense for students who are new to the subject, but it is designed to bring everyone up to the same level after the first few modules. Furthermore, BU probably has the best connection with the VFX industry and the resource they offer is unthinkable in other institutions. We have a guest speakers and industry professionals come every week to talk and give lectures sometimes.
I would recommend BU and MA Digital Effects to anyone who wants to step into the vfx industry.View more