NextGen Skills Academy (or NextGen for short) was set up by Government and the Games, Animation and VFX industries in 2014 in response to the NextGen Report, which highlighted skills shortages in the creative industries.

From its inception NextGen has worked with industry experts to develop a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills. The course was developed in 2015 by NextGen with industry collaboration from world renowned employers including Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Microsoft, Ubisoft Reflections, The Imaginarium, Blue Zoo, Framestore, Double Negative, Centroid and MPC. Our network of educators and practitioners is always expanding and Creative Assembly and Playground Games are recent additions to our roster of supporters.

The Extended Diploma, accredited by AIM Awards, addresses the skills shortages outlined in the NextGen Report and equips students with the tools they need to start an exciting career in these bustling sectors. The ongoing collaboration with AIM Awards ensures that assessment methodology is aligned to industry standards and practice. The Level 3 Extended Diploma is currently delivered by 11 forward thinking colleges across the UK, with more coming on board every year. 

Students attend masterclasses hosted by leading figures in the industry, they work to real employer briefs and receive real industry feedback. Working so closely with industry secures the future talent pipeline through raising awareness of careers within the sector, it ensures students are learning the most up-to-date and relevant skills they need to succeed and raises the standard of courses available. 

We also work with BIS to develop the Apprenticeships we offer with industry employers, and with higher education institutions to develop CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses.

(Banner image courtesy of: Coob Dools by Adam Pace from Sunderland College) 

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