BA Animation and Visual Effects
Meet your Librarian – Lindsey Crush
Lindsey is the Subject Librarian responsible for the Faculty of Arts & Media. She studied Fine Art at NUA, Library Studies at Aberystwyth and has a Higher Education teaching qualification.
How Can I Help You?
You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!
As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@nualibrary) for times and dates.
Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.
Useful E-Book Collections for BA Animation and Visual Effects:
Animation and Visual Effects (ProQuest)
Books for Animation and VFX
Animation and VFX books are shelved around Dewey Decimal number 759.4.
With the exception of short loan books, everything can be borrowed for three weeks.
Find out how to search for books on Discovery, the Library catalogue, here.
Here are the reading lists set for each unit of your study, these will provide links to the required and recommended resources that your tutors wish you to look at.
As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research. These can be really useful for finding information for reports and essays.
Useful Online Resources for BA Animation and Visual Effects:
Box of Broadcasts
BoB is an up to date television streaming service available to all students and staff. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also record programmes aired in the last 30 days which will be stored on the service permanently, meaning you can watch them again and again. Best of all, you do not need a TV license to use this service.
This service is not available outside of the UK. You will need to register with BoB when you first try and access it.
Video resources to support accessing and using BoB are available on the VLE.
Digimap is a database giving access to Ordnance Survey maps and map data, Arial photographs and Lidar data*, either to download for use with application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap itself. You will need to register using your NUA email to use this service.
* Lidar data is a very accurate model of the earth’s surface; this data is captured by firing very rapid laser pulses at the ground surface.
You need to register with Digimap when you use the resource for the first time.
A short video on how to use Digimap is available on the VLE.
Access to over 21,000 technical e-books and videos to assist with IT and programming needs. Other areas include art and design with publishers like Laurence King included and books about well being too. Aimed specifically at Higher Education users with a interface that allows for personalising and comes with an app which is free to download.
Short videos on how to access and use O’Reilly are available on the VLE.
SAGE Journals Online
Abstracts available for all Sage journals. You can access the journals ‘Animation’ and ‘Games and Culture’ in full from this platform.
The Stash collection showcases exceptional motion design, VFX and animation projects and the people who create them. Over 5000 projects are available for streaming.
Access: on campus only. Click ‘login’ and then click the green ‘login’ button. You do not need to enter a username and password.
Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.
Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:
- They are up to date.
- Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
- Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.
Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.
Selected BA Animation and Visual Effects publications:
3D World is designed for all CG artists, covering animation, VFX, games and arch-viz. Every month enjoy new tutorials written by leading CG creatives.
Published monthly by the American Society of Cinematographers
Animation : an interdisciplinary journal
A magazine all about the art, business and technology of animation
Features digital and traditional drawing skills.
For the BA3a unit you are required to produce a Research Report.
The Research Report gives you the chance to explore an area of interest to you and your practice. It should build on the ideas you laid out in the Research Report Proposal you handed in as part of the BA2b unit.
The guidelines for all courses are available on the intranet: Research Report Guidelines
You can see examples of high quality research reports from previous years’ NUA students via the link below:
Useful Websites for Animators
Motionographer shares inspiring work and important news for the motion design, animation and visual effects communities.
'The best animation craft, style, and character design on the web, including hand-drawn, CG, puppets, and stop motion'.
Celebrating Contemporary Character Design and Art - with Conferences, Festivals, Books, Exhibitions ... and now an Academy!
- It's Nice That
Lively and user friendly website which showcases new and emerging culture. Link goes to the animation category.
- Show Me The Animation
Show Me The Animation is an online animation magazine showcasing independent animation from around the world.
- Cartoon Brew
Covers a wide range of topics, from cutting-edge computer animation and visual effects for both television and film, to classical techniques like hand-drawn and stop motion.
Online animation magazine.
- Animation World Network
Online publishing group that specialises in resources for animators.