BA Animation and Visual Effects

Meet your Librarian – Lindsey Crush

About Lindsey

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.

E-Book Collections

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 (O'Reilly)

BA Animation and Visual Effects

Animation and Visual Effects (ProQuest)

BA Animation and Visual Effects
Print Books

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.

    Useful Sources of Information

    Reading lists

    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.

     

    Online Resources

    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:

    TV, Video and Sound
    Access: On and Off-campus

    Box of Broadcasts

    BA ActingBA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignBA VFXBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA Communication DesignMA CurationMA FashionMA Fine ArtMA GamesMA Moving Image and SoundMA Performing Arts EnterpriseMA PhotographyMA Textile Design

    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.

    Maps and Images
    Access: On and Off-campus

    Digimap

    BA Animation and Visual EffectsBA ArchitectureBA Interior Design

    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

    E-Books
    Access: On and Off-campus

    O'Reilly

    BA Animation and Visual EffectsBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Games Art and DesignBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignBA VFXBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA Communication DesignMA FashionMA GamesMA Textile Design

    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.

    E-Journals
    Access: On and Off-campus

    SAGE Journals Online

    BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA Games Art and DesignBSc Games DevelopmentMA Games

    Abstracts available for all Sage journals. You can access the journals ‘Animation’ and ‘Games and Culture’ in full from this platform.

    TV, Video and Sound
    Access: On-Campus

    Stash

    BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual Effects

    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.

    Publications

    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:

    Magazine
    Access: On-Campus
    Availability: In Print
    Status: Current

    3D world

    BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA Games Art and DesignBSc Games DevelopmentMA GamesMA Moving Image and Sound

    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.

    Magazine
    Access: On and Off-campus
    Availability: In Print and Online
    Status: Current

    American cinematographer

    BA ActingBA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA Film and Moving Image ProductionMA Moving Image and Sound

    Published monthly by the American Society of Cinematographers

    Journal
    Access: On and Off-campus
    Availability: Online
    Status: Current

    Animation : an interdisciplinary journal

    BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsMA Moving Image and Sound

    Magazine
    Access: On and Off-campus
    Availability: Online
    Status: Current

    Animation magazine

    BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsMA Moving Image and Sound

    A magazine all about the art, business and technology of animation

    Magazine
    Access: On-Campus
    Availability: In Print
    Status: Current

    Imagine FX

    BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsMA Moving Image and Sound

    Features digital and traditional drawing skills.

    Research Reports

    Research Reports

    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:

      Websites

      Useful Websites for Animators

      • Motionographer

        Motionographer shares inspiring work and important news for the motion design, animation and visual effects communities.

      • Vimeo

        'The best animation craft, style, and character design on the web, including hand-drawn, CG, puppets, and stop motion'.

      • Pictoplasma

        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.

      • Sqwigly

        Online animation magazine.

      • Animation World Network

        Online publishing group that specialises in resources for animators.