National Centre for Computer Animation

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The National Centre for Computer Animation
Research typeTeaching/Research
LocationBournemouth, UK
Operating agency
Bournemouth University

The National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) is part of the Media School at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1989, it is often regarded as one of the best UK institutions available for study in the field of computer graphics,[1] offering both undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. Its first director was Peter Comninos.[2] The interdisciplinary centre, operating under the motto 'Science in the service of the Arts',[3] enjoys strong links with industry, with much of it consisting of NCCA graduates. In the 2001 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the NCCA was awarded the maximum possible mark of 5[4] and performed similarly well in the 2008 RAE.[3] NESTA's 'Livingstone-Hope Skills Review of Video Games and Visual Effects',[5] launched in 2010, published its result in the Next Gen. report, which singles out the NCCA for 'excellence in visual effects education', placing it 'at the forefront of education for the visual effects and animation industries'.[6] In 2011 the work of the NCCA at Bournemouth University was further recognised through the award of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for 'world-class computer animation teaching with wide scientific and creative applications'.[7]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Vince, John, ed. (2003), Handbook of Computer Animation, London, UK: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-1852335649
  • Stephenson, Ian, ed. (2005), Production Rendering: Design and Implementation, London, UK: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-1852338213
  • Comninos, Peter (2006), Mathematical and Computer Programming Techniques for Computer Graphics, London, UK: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-1852339029
  • Stephenson, Ian (2007), Essential RenderMan® (2nd ed.), London, UK: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-1846283444
  • Pasko, A.; Adzhiev, V.; Comninos, P., eds. (2008), Heterogeneous Objects Modelling and Applications, Berlin Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3540684411


  1. ^ "3D World 98's CGI Ivy League table". Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  2. ^ "NCCA People A-Z". Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b Comninos, P.; McLoughlin, L.; Anderson, E.F. (2010), "Educating technophile artists and artophile technologists: A successful experiment in higher education" (PDF), Computers & Graphics, Elsevier, 34 (6): 780–790, doi:10.1016/j.cag.2010.08.008
  4. ^ "2001 RAE Results in Art and Design". Retrieved 6 January 2008.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Livingstone-Hope Skills Review of Video Games and Visual Effects". Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  6. ^ Livingstone, I.; Hope, A. (2011), Next Gen: Transforming the UK into the world's leading talent hub for the video games and visual effects industries, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, archived from the original on 2 December 2011, retrieved 9 December 2011
  7. ^ "Winners of the Queen's Anniversary Prizes announced". Retrieved 12 February 2011.

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