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The School of Creative Technologies brings together Special & Visual Effects, Computing, Software Engineering, and Games. Working at the cutting-edge of the UK’s fastest growing sector, we’ve always been at the forefront of these exciting fields. In fact, the University of Bolton was one of the first UK universities to offer dedicated courses in Games and Special Effects. Our teaching staff have strong professional backgrounds, and use this experience to develop industry-ready courses, supported by a huge range of additional opportunities such as work placements, live projects, and a programme of high-profile guest speakers. With links to blue-chip software developers, AAA games studios, award-winning SVFX studios and BAFTA-nominated designers in the UK, Europe and beyond, we are dedicated to offering industry-focused courses that prepare graduates to take their place in this blockbuster economic sector.



Special & Visual Effects


The School of Creative Technologies has excellent facilities. These include fully-equipped games and visual effects labs, and computing and networking suites offering industry-standard hardware and software, along with an array of well-appointed teaching and seminar rooms in the Senate House complex.

Eagle Tower hosts our large, well lit special effects studios, make-up room, a photography studio, a mould-making room, demonstration and teaching spaces, along with specialist benches for student use and storage space for student work.

The Innovation Factory is home to our dedicated model-making studio, as well as wood and metal workshops.

This is an exciting time for the School, our existing facilities have recently undergone updates, reconfigurations and expansions. Over the summer we will be reconfiguring further spaces and will be unveiling a new suite of facilities for the games subject area.

Visiting Speakers

We attract an outstanding array of visiting speakers from across the creative industries spectrum. Industry experts that have visited recently include:

  • Nick Dudman, award-winning makeup effects artist, prosthetics designer and practical creature effects producer whose credits include The Empire Strikes Back, the Harry Potter Franchise, and Batman.
  • Jonathan Reilly, Senior Creature Character Artist for Academy Award-winning studio Double Negative.
  • Hal Sandbach, Head of Design at work-for-hire software development company d3t.
  • Ben Ward, founder of independent games company Supergonk and co-founder of share games working space Rocketdesk.

We have a rolling programme of speakers with many more lined up for dates over the next year.

Research & Centres

The Creative Technologies Research Centre is a new development for the School of Creative Technologies. The Centre will be a focal point for all Computing, Games and Special and Visual Effects research at the University of Bolton, and seek new partnerships with industry. If you would like to find out about the Centre’s research opportunities, please contact Dr Thaier Hamid.

Professional recognition & standards

We work with global technology training organisations to ensure our graduates are enterprise-ready. We’re the UK’s first Red Hat Academy for Cloud Computing, and Networks and Security, in addition to offering other internationally-recognised vendor accreditation including the Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate).

Industry Links & Partnerships

We work hard to build and maintain links with industry professionals and employers. These help ensure the relevance of our courses and research, and that our academic content and focus keeps pace with industry changes and innovations. These relationships can provide networking and placement opportunities for our students, as well as providing research collaborations and consultancy opportunities.

An example of our commitment to industry collaboration includes our relationship with Neill Gorton, world-renowned prosthetics and make-up artist, and CEO of Millennium FX and Gorton Studios. Neill was named a Visiting Professor of the University of Bolton in 2013 and regularly attends campus to share his BAFTA-winning expertise with our SFX students.

Our membership of the Creative Industries Federation provides access to a constant feed for the latest data and thinking in the sector, including updates on government policy, funding opportunities, and technological innovations. It also affords valuable networking and staff development opportunities that help us make contacts and links with key stakeholders.