The National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) is part of the Faculty of Media & Communication 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. The NCCA has conducted research of international significance and has pioneered both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Bournemouth University’s Faculty of Media & Communication in computer visualisation and animation and digital effects.
The interdisciplinary centre, operating under the motto ‘Science in the service of the Arts’, 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. NESTA’s ‘Livingstone-Hope Skills Review of Video Games and Visual Effects’, 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’. 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