Full Time

Subject Area

Games Design

Start Date

September 2017




16-18 Year Olds, Adult



Course Level


Home / Course / NextGen Computer Games, Animation and VFX National Extended Diploma Level 3

Who is this course for?

The design of the course has been led by award-winning employers including Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Blue Zoo, Centroid, Double Negative, Framestore, MPC and The Imaginarium.

The NextGen Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills ensures young people are industry ready with the right skills and knowledge for the workplace. It equips students with a foundation in art, design, maths and computing skills, which are highly desirable to industry.  Sunderland College are one of only 4 colleges approved to deliver the NextGen Skills academy qualification in the UK.

What do you need to apply for the course?

This course is suitable for 16-18 and 19+ learners. You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics. You’ll also need strong IT skills, self-motivation and a passion for Computer Games, Animation and VFX.

What are the key things you'll learn?

As well as the delivery of relevant and up to date course content, written by industry to replicate today’s real-world work environment, you will have unprecedented access to industry mentors and industry-designed live briefs; set and assessed by a group of leading companies from the sectors being studied.

Over two years, students will build portfolios relevant to industry needs and as preparation for either working in these sectors or as a progression to higher education or higher apprenticeships.

How you will learn

Replicating the studio work environment and project based learning working on industry based briefs. Over 2 years students work as teams on project briefs and game jams designed to develop team working, communication and critical thinking skills. Maths and coding are taught, not as stand alone subjects, but in the context of the art, design and the creation of Games, Animation and VFX. This is vocational education supported by industry and delivered by elite colleges, selected by an industry panel with an excellent track record of academic achievement and working collaboratively in partnership with industry.

Where could this course take you?

This is a course with multiple destinations for students, but at its heart it is defined by the skills that the creative industries of Games, Animation and VFX need for future innovation and growth. It’s much more than just a qualification – it’s the start of a career journey.

Successful completion of the NextGen skills academy qualification, along with an appropriate grade and portfolio, will provide access to a wide range of specialist University courses and Higher Apprenticeships.

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What costs will you incur?

You will need to provide a memory stick and sketchbooks. The course will also include optional visits to EGX (The NEC, Birmingham), Animex (Teesside University), Warner Bros Studio Tour (Leavesden) and Disneyland Paris.