AIM Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation & VFX Skills
Full Time / Level 3 / Callywith College
NextGen Skills Academy, a pioneering organisation backed by both government and industry funding, has launched its first course, the Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills with its partner awarding organisation AIM Awards.
The diploma will provide you with a Level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to three A Levels. As well as the delivery of relevant and up-to-date course content that has been written by the 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, you will build a portfolio relevant to industry needs and as preparation for either working in these sectors or as a progression to Higher Education or higher Apprenticeships.
The essential feature of this qualification is that the content is being driven by industry. The design of the qualification has been in response to direct input from an industry representative group of employers from across the games, animation and VFX industries. The qualification structure has been designed on the principle of a two-year, full-time Diploma (1080 hours) that covers all of these elements: the fundamentals, industry working practice and technical learning about each and all of the games, animation and VFX industries. By studying all three areas, you will be able to make the connections between them and acquire transferable skills so that, towards the end of the Diploma, you will be equipped to make a more considered career decision.
Due to the content, the style of delivery and the assessment methodology that underpins this qualification , there are a number of possible progression routes available to you. The inclusion of research, presentation, essay writing and exams as assessment tools will ensure that, if you progress to a degree-level course, you will be well served with the acquisition of study skills that will support you to be able to cope with the independent learning that will be required of you at any Higher Education institute.
A clear understanding of how the games, animation and VFX industries work in practice, and experience of working to a specific industry brief in a way that replicates industry methods of project management, will ensure that any student choosing to progress their learning and career path through a Higher Level Apprenticeship or a Degree Apprenticeship will be able to start work immediately. Abilities in the basic concepts of art, maths and programming will be of great support to students, Apprentices and new employees whatever their progression route.