UoA 34

This unit is home to the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), which won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011 for achievements in research and education.

The Computer Animation Research Centre is the research arm of the NCCA, focusing on the innovative development of computer animation and visualisation, fusing technical developments in computer science with underlying artistic principles and practice. The unit also includes the Experimental Media Research Group (EMERGE).

Collaborative projects are underway internationally, including in France, Russia, Japan, USA, Norway and China.

Researchers work with a wide range of organisations and industry partners such as the Arts Catalyst, Industrial Light and Magic, Dreamworks, Double Negative, the Moving Picture Company, Framestore-CFC and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

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  • Bournemouth University’s research recognised as world-leading

    Bournemouth University’s research recognised as world-leading

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  • CEMP Journals – latest editions and collaborations

    CEMP Journals – latest editions and collaborations

    Media Education Research Journal issue 5.1, guest edited by the DaRE research collaborative (UCL Institute of Education and BFI) on the theme of Digital Media / Arts has been published.... »

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    AfterGlow: A new animation arts project exploring epidemiology research

    Using animation to communicate the unpredictable dynamics of an infection transmission.

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    Animation in Africa

    A counter-narrative to animation in Western popular culture.

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    Out of the shadows: Art and covert culture

    Secret things happen in hidden corners of the UK. Associate Professor of Art and Media Practice Neal White visited them...

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    The bystander effect

    Virtual reality enabled BU academics to model truly genuine responses in emergencies and violent encounters.

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    Developing software to improve quality of life for disabled people

    Bournemouth University (BU) is proud to be a part of an exciting project, aimed at improving the quality of life for people with physical and learning disabilities. The SHIVA Project... »

  • HEFCE Director of Research visits BU

    HEFCE Director of Research visits BU

    David Sweeney from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) visited Bournemouth University yesterday to answer questions on the contentious new framework for assessing the quality of an institution’s... »

  • BU in Queen’s Honours List

    BU in Queen’s Honours List

    At a reception at St James’s Palace, London, BU was recognised for its contribution to world-leading excellence and pioneering development in computer animation. The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes form part of... »

  • BU praised in Parliament yesterday

    BU praised in Parliament yesterday

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  • Lecture by world-leading animation expert

    Lecture by world-leading animation expert

    Nothing demonstrates the NCCA’s motto of merging science and art quite like the work demonstrated by Professor Nadia Thalmann in her guest lecture ‘Simulating the complexities of human bodies’. Professor... »

  • 3D or not 3D – that is the question

    3D or not 3D – that is the question

    Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz and Chief Executive of Film London, Adrian Wootton thrashed out the pros and cons of 3D in a topical debate chaired by comedian Phill Jupitus.... »

  • BU Celebrates World Class Research

    BU Celebrates World Class Research

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  • BU’s largest grant to boost digital media

    BU’s largest grant to boost digital media

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    It’s email, but at a snail’s pace…

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    Grant links animation and psychology

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