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NextGen Skills Academy:

Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills

What will I study?

NextGen Skills Academy works with leading employers in the exciting fields of games animation, and VFX. They work closely with employers across these disciplines, including Blue Zoo, Double Negative, Framestore, Microsoft, MPC, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Ubisoft.


This qualification was developed in partnership with employers, during the course you will learn precisely the skills they are looking for. Working to employer briefs, getting real industry feedback and having masterclasses from industry experts are integral parts of the learning.

What are the additional entry requirements for this course?

Four GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at Merit or above with Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2, additionally you will need a good reference. You will need to demonstrate a keen interest in animation & VFX


2 years


King’s Cross Centre

possible careers

Compositor. Concept artist, Digital preparation artist. Layout artist. Lighting Technical director. Lighter. Match move artist. Matte painter. Producer. Roro artist. Runner. Techical director. VFX supervisor. 3D Modeler. Animator. Art director. Fim & video editor. Graphic designer. Stop motion animator. Video Game designer. Compositor. Render wrangler. Texture artist. Story board artist.


"I was at my local sixth form college originally but I knew straightaway that it was not a good fit. The atmosphere was not fresh and I was not inspired. I did not want to see the same type of people that I had in secondary school, as I felt like I was reliving an old life. A friend of mine already went to the College and told me that it was amazing. I loved the Open Day where they advised me to gain more experience in software, so I started at Level 2 and will progress to Level 3 Animation & Games Design next year."

Alina Akther

UAL Games & Animation

University of the Arts London
accredited courses


Many of our Music courses are accredited by the University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL Awarding Body is the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organisation in England. UAL works collaboratively with Colleges, employers and others to ensure we develop and award the best possible specialist qualifications.

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