The Centre for Digital Entertainments purpose is to train the next generation of leaders in the Image processing, Computer Games, Film Visual Effects, Virtual Worlds, Visualisation and Animation sectors. A collaboration between the University of Bath and Bournemouth University, the CDE offers the opportunity to conduct research in a company within these sectors.
The Centre has received 7 288 000 national funding from the UKs primary funder of engineering and physical sciences research, EPSRC. Students will either study at the Department of Computer Science, University of Bath or at Bournemouth Universitys Media School.
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath, home to students of the EngD in Digital Media, is the countrys leading provider of fully-supported placements. 75% of the work submitted for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in Computer Science was outstanding. The Department ranks 4th in the UK for research.
Bournemouth Universitys National Centre for Computer Animation brings together art and science by educating practitioners to link creative and technical processes in their work. Its research has been rated as of world-leading quality in the RAE since 2001. NCCAs courses have been Skillset-accredited.
For more information on content, requirements, accreditation and funding details please see below.
Our doctoral programme lasts 4 years, of which 3 will be spent in a company engaged on research projects, one year on Masters level courses at Bath and/ or Bournemouth. This taught programme will be tailor- made for your needs and arranged in consultation with you, your host company and academic supervisors. The taught units are usually taken before moving into the company. An overview of taught units available is here: http://www.digital-entertainment.org/info-applicants.html
At the end of the fourth year of the programme EngD students (called Research Engineers) submit, for the Engineering Doctorate, either a thesis or a portfolio. Elements of the portfolio might be the annual reports, scientific papers and articles written by the student, reports on research and development project(s) completed during the period of registration, and other documents such as evidence of project planning and financial management or reports on trials and transfer of new technology within the industrial environment. Among this material, there must be strong evidence of doctoral-quality research.
Applicants should hold a first degree, or equivalent, of at least an Upper Second (2.1) in a relevant subject, such as, but not limited to, Computer Science, Maths, Physics, Software Engineering, Computer Arts, Animation, Digital Effects, Design or Interactive Media. We are particularly aiming to recruit technical candidates.
Many of our applicants already hold a Postgraduate qualification in a related field or have some work experience.
Knowledge of programming languages, such as C++, or industry standard software, such as, Maya is a distinct advantage.
Proficiency in English: IELTS score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element. The equivalent required TOEFL score is
250 (computer-based with no less than 5.0 in TWE. No section less than 22),
100 (Internet-based with no component less than 24).
Work experience: Not a pre-requisite but an advantage
Credits: min. 318 - 330 ECTS, 48-60 for taught units, 270 for doctoral-level research and portfolio thesis
Application deadlines: We accept applications on a rolling basis until 2 months prior to the start of the semester (Bath) or term (Bournemouth). The main application time is January July each year.
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Successful applicants will receive their tuition fees, a tax free stipend of at least £15,090 and dedicated funding for conference travel. An additional £3,000 is usually paid to students while in a company. Please read http://www.digital-entertainment.org/info-applicants.html
CDE is part of the Association of Engineering Doctorates in the UK.
Bournemouth Universitys Media School and National Centre for Computer Animation Courses have been accredited by Skillset, an organisation that accredits courses that provide students with the skills and knowledge employers need.
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