About The Studio

A Studio education is more than the sum of its parts. You will do projects and develop a digital portfolio to showcase your emerging skills that will equip you to create new waves of technology. You will have first rate support from a team of trained coaches and a group of teachers who are experts in their field, giving you incredible opportunities to grow, develop and challenge yourself to be the very best you can be.

The Studio offers three different pathways, giving you a chance to explore wide-ranging subject areas, coupled with unforgettable, real-life experience. The NextGen Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills forms the basis of the Technologist Pathway.

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 Qualifications. Their collaboration with AIM Qualifications 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.