Animation and Games Degrees
Cutting-edge technology and facilities for motion-capture, greenscreen, VR and more
Pitch your ideas and visions to companies and employers within the industry
Computer Games and Animation at USW is rated top in Wales for teaching and student satisfaction
Award-winning alumni have worked on global films, TV shows and games
Animation & Games Degrees
Advance your creative talent and develop new technical skills on our Animation and Games courses. With on-campus motion capture, green screen, VR & AR, we will teach you how to work as a creative professional.
From computer animation and traditional film-based 2D and stop-motion, to 3D computer generated imagery and games design, you will have the opportunity to pitch to industry and study in the heart of Cardiff*. Animators and games designers are a major force in 21st century entertainment.
*Our BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development course is taught on our Treforest campus. Our facilities at Treforest are at the cutting edge of computer games development, meaning you’ll use the latest technologies in high-spec labs.
USW Animation graduates have worked on Oscar nominated films, including The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Avengers: Infinity War, and TV shows that include His Dark Materials, The Mandalorian, and How To Train Your Dragon: Homecoming. Our USW Games graduates have worked on games that include Red Dead Redemption II, Total War, Rainbow Six Siege and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Recognised for Excellence
The University of South Wales (USW) has been ranked among the world’s top 50 institutions for Creative Media and Entertainment education, by global industry-endorsed community The Rookies, formerly The International CG Student Awards.
Both our Cardiff and Treforest campuses have all of the equipment, technology and workspaces you'll need to thrive in your chosen subject area. On our Cardiff campus we have motion capture, green screen, VR & AR, alongside suites of high spec computer systems. Our Treforest campus has dedicated workspaces with Windows, Apple Mac, Linux and Networking suites, all with the latest software.
Animation and Games Courses
An internationally recognised, award-winning course, allowing you to develop your creative talents, and gain the practical and technical skills for an exciting career in TV, Film, Visual Effects or Games.
Develop traditional art skills alongside cutting-edge digital artwork and explore professional and theoretical elements of the games industry, with the aim to become a professional game artist.
Focusing on the creative and artistic aspects of games production, giving you the practical skills to develop, produce and publish game titles.
For those who want to work in the 2D or stop- motion animation industry and have a passion for storytelling through animation.
Accredited by BCS, find yourself at the heart of the computer game development process, from writing code, testing it and fixing bugs, to producing tools.
If you don't have the right subjects or grades to enrol directly onto our BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development degree, this course offers an alternative route into degree study with an additional foundation year.
BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development (Including Foundation Year)
Producing highly skilled artists who are able to make a significant impact and contribution in today’s evolving industry.
Expand your existing skills and develop practice within an environment that functions as a small development company, whilst tailoring your learning to a specific specialism.
A Masters by Research degree allows you to carry out independent, original research on an approved topic of your choice.
A PhD is a doctoral degree based on a significant and original individual research project which culminates in an in-depth thesis.
Putting the Spotlight on our Students
Each year we take time to celebrate the work of our Faculty of Creative Industry students through a festival called 'Gradfest'.
This dedicated festival is home to project work, blogs, videos, social posts and so much more from our Animation and Games students.
Students from across the university have the opportunity to showcase their work to the masses and take pride in doing so.
Take a look at what our students have worked on over the past year or so by viewing the Gradfest 2022 Animation and Games website page.
STUDY IN THE HEART OF CARDIFF
Discover the 'Diff
Cardiff is a modern capital city that will surprise you.
It’s the UK’s fastest growing major city and has been multicultural and cosmopolitan from the start. Here, you’ll find an amazing quality of life, more green space per person than any UK city, and fantastic people.
Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK too, so it’s perfect for cash-strapped students. There’s always something happening or new places to discover. From shopping and live sport to music, arts and history, there’s something for everyone and great company to do it with.
Cardiff is a popular student city that knows how to enjoy itself. Wherever you turn, you’ll find somewhere to eat, drink or dance the night away.
Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales.
You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course.
For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.
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Make friends for life, try out lots of new things and become more independent than ever before.
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