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NextGen: Animation, VFX and Games Design: Level 3 Extended Diploma

INDUSTRY MASTER CLASSES - We have extensive links with industry-leading companies including Blue Zoo, ILM, Framestore, DNEG, Sony and Creative Assembly.

Course information

Course Summary

Our level 3 Next Gen: Games, Animation & VFX Skills course has been designed to reflect a wide range of roles within the games, animation and visual effects industries, and as such you will develop your creative, technical and organisational skills across a number of media projects. This is a specialist course, which will offer students the broad variety of learning across these areas employers desire and has a strong focus on team work, communication and critical thinking.

Course Code:N5768
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Awarded by:NEXTGEN
Course Length

2 years.

Course Detail

Using industry standard software and equipment, working individually and in teams, you will complete a diverse set of projects ranging from understanding game engines to producing your own VFX, all developed to prepare you for the next stage of your education or even to gain employment.

Find out more about the NextGen Skills Academy here

This qualification consists of mandatory units all of which must be achieved in order to achieve the qualification. A grid showing an overview of the assessments for the qualification is shown below.

Learning Hours
3D Tools: Creative and Technical Modelling 126
Art Fundamentals for Games, Animation and Visual Effects industries 90
Core Principles of Games Design 30
Fundamental Animation skills 72
Fundamental Product programming for Games, Animation and Visual Effects industries 90
Maths and Logic Fundamentals for Games, Animation and Visual Effects industries 72
VFX Fundamentals for Games, Animation and Visual Effects industries 72
Emerging Technologies 90
Images Sounds for Imagined worlds 90
Production Management for the Games, Animation and Visual Effects industries 144
Storyboard / Playboard 90
Working in the Games, Animation and Visual Effects industries 126

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 expect to leave with a solid portfolio of work which they can use to move onto higher education or into apprenticeships.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,520

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

Additional Costs: Students will need some accessories and a range of visits will be arranged - approximate total cost is £162.

Entry Requirements

New Students

4 GCSE’s at Grade 4 or above, including Maths and English.

Progressing Students

Level 2 Diploma in a related subject at Merit or above, including Maths and English at Grade 4.

Following your interview you will also be required to submit:

  • A 6 second flip book animation drawn on post it notes and recorded via your phone. This is just for fun and to assess your art-based skills, it can be anything as long as it’s creative!
  • A 300 word personal statement on what your area of strengths are in Animation, VFX and Games Design.
  • Complete an initial maths quiz which can be found at here this is just for us to assess your logical based thinking. It isn’t graded!
Other Information


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Last updated - 02/11/2021