AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills

Our Level 3 qualification in Games, Animation and VFX Skills is aimed at students aged 16+. The Extended Diploma is comparable with 3 A’Levels and comes with UCAS points so you can progress to University or a Higher Apprenticeship.

Why take our Level 3 in Games, Animation and VFX?

Our award-winning qualification offers the most promising students the chance to be part of the next generation of leading talent in the Games, Animation and VFX industries. The course is written by industry to meet their skills needs.

This is the only industry backed course of its kind.

We work closely with employers across games, animation and VFX including Blue Zoo, Double Negative, Framestore, Microsoft, MPC, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Ubisoft and Centroid 3D. They tell us that other courses in creative and digital media are missing some important subject areas. New recruits often don't have the right combination of industry practice awareness and essential skills, particularly in maths, programming and art.

That's why, like all NextGen courses, our Level 3 qualifications were developed in partnership with employers. You'll learn precisely the skills they are looking for. Working to employer briefs, getting real industry feedback and having masterclasses from industry experts are integral parts of the learning.

Whether you're a student, parent or guardian, follow the link below for information about the colleges that offer NextGen Level 3 qualifications, and you can find more information on the full AIM Awards Qualification Specification at the bottom of this page.

“I have full confidence in my work and have gained so much knowledge of the industry. NextGen’s teaching staff have years of experience and the skills to help students aspire to be who they want to be.”

Adam, NextGen Graduate, Sunderland College

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AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills [601/6427/X]

Our award-winning qualification offers the most promising students the chance to be part of the next generation of leading talent in the Games, Animation and VFX industries. The course is written by industry to meet their skills needs.

This one-year course will give you the entry-level skills you need to work in the Games, Animation and VFX industries.

NextGen has worked with employers to identify the skills that are crucial in these fast moving digital industries. You will develop technical, artistic, maths and programming skills that are vital to the successful creation of any game, animation or visual effects sequence.

The course will support your career and help prepare you for a wide range of potential jobs in creative and digital media. You'll leave with both essential skills and a strong portfolio that demonstrates your potential, whether you decide to go straight into the workplace, study for a second year or take an Apprenticeship.

All employers in every sector are looking for learners who can communicate, work well in a team and have good computation thinking. This is at the heart of NextGen courses.

AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills Qualification Specification [601/6427/X]

AIM Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills [601/6428/1]

Go on to study for a second year and you can earn an extended diploma which covers all the skills employers are looking for. We know because we worked closely with them to develop the course.

You will develop technical skills in animation, 3D modelling and the creation of visual effects. You'll learn about production pipelines, process management and the importance of commercial feasibility. Practical experience of using Agile and Scrum as project management techniques are also an important element of the qualification; you will hone your skills as a leader and team player.

On top of these advanced technical and project management skills, you will research an emerging technology or trend and present your findings. You'll work to industry briefs, applying your new skills just as you would use them in the workplace. You'll also develop study skills that will be invaluable if you go on to higher education.

Aim Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills Qualification Specification [601/6428/1]