Nescot has been selected to offer a brand new qualification aimed at helping develop the next generation of talent for the computer games, animation and visual effects industries.
The college is one of four in the country to be offering the Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and Visual Effects Skills, which will open in September 2015.
This is a specialist course, which will offer students the broad variety of learning across the areas employers desire, and has a strong focus on teamwork, communication and critical thinking.
The qualification has been developed by the pioneering Next Gen Skills Academy, supported by government and industry investment.
Organisations including Sony, Microsoft, Double Negative and Framestore gave expert advice on the skills employers are looking for, to ensure the course is relevant and up to date.
Industry partners will further support the course by offering mentoring, live briefs and assessment on some elements, to ensure students have a unique insight into the kinds of businesses they could work for in their careers.
“We’re honoured that Nescot was chosen to offer the course, which we think fits in really well with our curriculum,” said Graham Chalk, Deputy Head of Media.
“More importantly, we know our students are going to benefit hugely from working with experienced teachers and industry experts on a course that’s tailored to giving them the best possible start to their careers.”
Sage Lal Head of Department NESCOT said “It’s very important that we meet the needs of industry and we work with employers and awarding bodies to create courses that make a real difference to students and their employment opportunities. We are ready to do our part at NESCOT to transform the UK into the world’s leading talent hub for high tech industries”.
Assessment will be via exams, blogs, portfolios, research and projects, and units will also cover areas such as emerging technologies and programming, as well working on personal development and career planning.
Students can leave with a solid portfolio of work, which they can use to move onto degree-level study or an apprenticeship.