What Is CGI:

Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects. CGI is used in films, television programs and commercials, and in printed media. Video games most often use real-time computer graphics (rarely referred to as CGI), but may also include pre-rendered “cut scenes” and intro movies that would be typical CGI applications. CGI is used for visual effects because the quality is often higher and effects are more controllable than other more physically based processes, such as constructing miniatures for effects shots or hiring extras for crowd scenes, and because it allows the creation of images that would not be feasible using any other technology. It can also allow a single artist to produce content without the use of actors, expensive set pieces, or props. Recent accessibility of CGI software and increased computer speeds has allowed individual artists and small companies to produce professional grade films, games, and fine art from their home computers.

General 3D/animation packages

Maya is still considered to be the industry standard for 3D animation.
3ds Max came from a background that was strongly integrated with AutoCAD, thus making it a one-time favorite of architects and designers. Now also used heavily in visual effects for television.
Softimage has been a long-time rival of Maya.
Houdini provides a more “procedural” and technical approach to 3D animation and is a favorite among those simulating natural phenomena such as smoke, water, fire and destruction (although it’s good for much more than that).
Cinema 4D is a newer product in the 3D scene which is a favorite among motion graphic artists and is starting to find its way into more photo-real applications including visual effects.
Lightwave 3D has long been used in the production of visual effects for television and commercials.
Modo from Luxology is a modeling, animation and rendering tool built with designers in mind. Many outside of that niche use it for modeling due to it’s strong toolset in that area.
KeyShot is a newer 3D package geared specifically toward product imagery.

Digital Effects , MA, Bournemouth

Need a 2:1… This is a potential option however I would want to take a year of from study so would apply in the new year If I decided this was something I really wanted.