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Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills (NextGen)

This unique course, supported by NextGen Skills Academy, is designed by some of the world's leading employers such as Ubisoft, Sony, Framestore, Blue Zoo and Double Negative, to ensure you have the necessary skills to succeed in the industry.

This award-winning qualification offers you the chance to be a part of the next generation of leading talent and will provide you with the entry-level skills required to work successfully in the industry.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

This course will take place at our Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

You will develop technical, artistic, maths and programming skills that are vital to the successful creation of any game, animation or visual effects sequence.

NextGen Skills Academy will also provide an exciting opportunity for you to take advantage of industry masterclasses with employers across games, animation and VFX including Blue Zoo, Double Negative, Framestore, Microsoft, MPC, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Ubisoft and Centroid 3D.

How is it assessed?

You will create work for a range of practical assignments and projects that will be assessed internally and/or externally. Tutors will provide ongoing feedback designed to help you improve across a steady learning curve. Industry professionals will set briefs, deliver masterclasses and offer feedback on student portfolio's.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths, including an art and design based subject or portfolio of work.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

If you already have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths but wish to achieve a higher grade, we can also support you to do this.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2024), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

The Northwest is home to a growing digital arts industry and key production studios for animation, games production and cinema visual effects, which means big employers are always looking for fresh talent!

On successful completion of this course, you could find employment in games design, games development, animation or 3D design.

Previous students have progressed to University Centre St Helens to study BA (Hons) Game Art, validated by the University of Chester or FdSc Media Production, approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Alternatively, you may decide to choose a degree such as animation, creative media, games design or 3D design at another university.

Visit the NextGen Skills Academy website for more information.

NextGen Graduate Showcase 2022

NextGen Graduate Showcase 2022 from NextGen Skills Academy on Vimeo.

Are you ready to apply?

Are you

ready to apply?

Simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Ref: Rob Hinde

Inspiring Success

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"This course has provided me with so many amazing opportunities. I would never have imagined I'd be heading to university in Scotland to study Game Design."

Owen, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX

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