Learners work in a modern studio environment, maintaining a good balance between traditional techniques whilst utilising cutting edge technology. Art, design and digital software skills are put into practice in industry led assignments. Successes in the past have included winning the Adobe Youth Awards at the BFI for scholarship funding and Silver Medal at the World Skills competition for consecutive years.

Course Teachers

The course is led by Ade Anwar who specialises in animation & games design. Other lecturers include Pan Kyprianou, an illustration and storyboard specialist and Mark Caffoor who specialises in VFX for film. All staff practice in industry and frequently advise students about how to develop their portfolio and progress to industry or higher education. The team have developed the Media department to cater for the new dynamic needs of the industry by creating different pathways (VFX, Games Design & Animation). The course enables the learners to progress to their desired careers by helping them to create the required portfolio for industry whilst also obtaining a level 3 qualification.

In September they will introduce motion capture facilities to their studios. VR and green screen is standard within their courses. They take pride in their computing power and the rich software knowledge that they teach their learners; such as Adobe CS, Dragonframe, Maya, 3Ds Max, Nuke, Visual Studio C++ and UE4.

About the Course

The Games, Animation and VFX sectors are academically stretching but vocationally focused. The NextGen / AIM Qualifications Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills teaches the fundamental up-to-date skills and knowledge identified by employers as necessary to succeed in these industries.

Industry engagement is the foundation of the NextGen course, it is written and overseen by world leading Games, Animation and VFX studios. The curriculum has been created and is updated by these employers to meet their current and future industry skills needs. Students learn directly from industry through inspiring masterclasses with professionals, industry set tasks and work experience, special events, and through real industry feedback on their project work.

NextGen students have access to a comprehensive library of online masterclasses, as well as using, learning, and mastering industry standard software. The course prepares learners with the knowledge, technical, and soft skills needed to excel in the next stage of their career path and is the tried and tested route of getting into the creative skills pipeline.

Progression routes

Knowing they have the sought-after skills and knowledge these dynamic industries demand, graduating students of the NextGen AIM Extended Diploma go on to Higher Education, Industry Apprenticeships, or Employment.

Course duration

2 years - Full Time