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.
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.
The Next Gen Level 3 qualification in Animation & Games Design (VFX), allows learners to progress to a degree or foundation degree specialising in their chosen industry career. Westminster Kingsway College students progress to study VFX, games design/development and animation in places such as Bournemouth University, Teeside University and UAL. Alternatively after completion, learners could continue to higher apprenticeship training routes into employment.