About the College

Established in 1909, Loughborough College has a long-standing reputation for providing excellent levels of high-quality teaching and training across Leicestershire.

The College is friendly and supportive, allowing you to develop and gain the necessary independence and responsibility expected of higher-level study. Advice and support is available to all students prior to enrolment and will continue long after graduation.

About the Course

The Games, Animation and VFX industries are fast-moving industries, so NextGen collaborates with industry experts to make sure their vocational qualifications for young people are up to date and relevant. They do this through working with an Employer Steering Group and Further Education to support delivery of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills, accredited by AIM Awards. Their collaboration with AIM Awards has ensured that assessment methodology is aligned to industry standards and practice.

The Games, Animation and VFX sectors are academically stretching but vocationally focused. The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills embodies the fundamental skills and knowledge identified as necessary for employment in these industries. It was developed in 2015 by NextGen with industry collaboration from Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Microsoft, Ubisoft Reflections, The Imaginarium, Blue Zoo, Framestore, Double Negative, Centroid and MPC. NextGen are always expanding and have since added Creative Assembly and Playground Games to their roster of supporters.

Progression routes

Knowing they have the sought after skills and knowledge this dynamic industry demands, students on successful completion of the Next Gen Extended Diploma, complete with a strong portfolio and personal development will provide confident progression into a higher apprenticeship, gain employment or achieve a relevant university course offer.

Course duration

2 years, full-time.