Games, Animation and VFX Skills

AIM Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills

This new qualification has been designed in partnership with the NextGen Skills Academy; an initiative invested in by both government and industry, which aims to help develop the next generation of talent for the games, animation and VFX industries. Investors include UKCES plus a consortium of industry partners including Double Negative, Framestore, Moving Picture Company, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Microsoft and Ubisoft Reflections.

The Diploma will provide a Level 3 qualification which is comparable to three A Levels.  As well as benefiting from the delivery of relevant and up to date course content that has been written by industry to replicate today’s real-world work environment, students joining the course 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.

The AIM Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills launched in September 2015 at four colleges: Sunderland College, Uxbridge College, Truro & Penwith College and North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot).

In addition to the Diploma, NextGen is supporting a selection of industry partners in the creation of four Higher Apprenticeships, which have been approved for development - two roles in games, and two roles in VFX. The games apprenticeships are Quality Assurance Technician, led by Rebellion and Community Coordinator, led by Ubisoft Reflections. The two VFX apprenticeships are Junior 2D Artist, led by Double Negative and Assistant Technical Director, led by Framestore.

A Higher Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme, which combines on the job training with studying for high-level qualifications, allowing employers to create a highly skilled workforce that is ready to meet the future demands of the business.

“NextGen’s aim is to be a leading developer of relevant, up to date qualifications and apprenticeships that will allow young people to develop exciting careers in the digital creative industries, while also providing employers with a dynamic talent pool of skilled individuals that will enable them to grow successful businesses,” said Gina Jackson, Managing Director at NextGen Skills Academy. “This is all about preparing students for the roles that employers are recruiting today and it’s very exciting to see the first round of our hard work come to fruition with the launch of the Games, Animation and VFX Skills Diploma and our four Higher Apprenticeships.”

About NextGen Skills Academy

NextGen Skills Academy is a government and industry-invested organisation established in 2014 in order to respond to a review that showed a gap in the education system when it came to providing crucial skills needed in the games, animation and VFX industries. NextGen is committed to working closely with these industries to develop qualifications, apprenticeships and short courses that will ensure their future growth and success.

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