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Games, Animation and VFX (Aim Awards, Level 3 Extended Diploma)
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Why study this course?
Designed by industry specialists including Sony, Ubisoft and Pinewood studios, the NextGen Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills ensures young people gain the right skills and knowledge and are “industry ready’”. It will equip you with a solid foundation in art, design, maths and programming skills, which are highly desirable to industry.
What can you expect from this course?
This Qualification has been designed with a clear progression route to a Degree, HND or Higher Level Apprenticeships. The Qualification covers the fundamental skills in games, animation and visual effects as well as essential work skills that have been identified by employers as invaluable for new people coming into these industries.
How is it assessed?
You will work on industry based briefs, replicating the studio work environment via project based learning. This will be assessed via an online portfolio. Subjects such as maths and programming are taught in the context of the art, design and the creation of Games, Animation and VFX and will be part assessed as exams.
What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (grade A*- C) preferably including both English & maths or a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit or above.
What can I do after completing this qualification?
This course is nationally recognised within industry and commerce. Successful candidates can expect to find employment opportunities in software development, computer animation and visual effects industries. This is vocational education supported by industry and delivered by elite colleges, selected by an industry panel with an excellent track record of academic achievement and working collaboratively in partnership with industry.
What will I study?
- VFX fundamentals for the games, animation and VFX industries
- 3D tools: principles and practice
- Core principles of game design
- Art fundamentals for the games, animation and VFX industries
- The games, animation and VFX industries
- Maths fundamentals for the games, animation and VFX
- Fundamental product programming skills
- Fundamental animation skills for the games, animation and VFX industries
- Production management.
Additional activities within this subject
Master classes from entrepreneurs, business visits, running a social enterprise, visiting business expos.
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