• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Student
    Support

Course Overview

The course is written in collaboration with creative industry firms and industry specialists to address the current skills shortage in the Games, Animation and VFX industries. Industries such as Framestore, DNEG, Blue Zoo Animation, Sold Out, Centroid Motion Capture, Creative Assembly, Ubisoft, Playground Games, Sumo Digital, The Mill and Sony Interactive Entertainment, are engaging closely with DN Colleges Group and NEXTGEN; overseeing and updating the course content to meet present and future industry skill requirements.

This course is designed to equip students with sophisticated technical, artistic, arithmetic and programming skills needed in the Games, Animation and VFX industries. From this, students are able to create and develop games, animation and visual effects sequences, as well as giving them the experience into industry working practices.

Level
Level 3
Duration
2 years full-time
Awarding Body
AIM Qualifications
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

Students will study from specialist lecturers and industry professionals through a range of masterclasses, workshops, events, work placements, live industry briefs and more. Students will develop and build on their skills ranging from the initial research stage to the end presentation and pitch.

The projects are designed to enable students to experience project and production management; including the common industry practice of agile and scrum techniques.

Over the course of the study programme, students will collate their work and build specialist portfolios demonstrating their skills, in preparation for either employment or further/higher education or apprenticeships.

Year 1:

  1. Core Principles of Games Design.
  2. Maths and Logic Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries.
  3. Fundamental Product Programming Skills.
  4. Art Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries.
  5. Fundamental Animation Skills for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries.
  6. VFX Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries.
  7. 3D Tools: Creative and Technical 3D Modelling.

Year 2:

  1. Emerging Technologies/Trends in the Games, Animation and VFX Industries.
  2. Images and Sounds for Imagined Worlds.
  3. Production Management for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries.
  4. Story Playboarding.
  5. Working in the Games, Animation and VFX Industries.

The assessment methodology is aligned to industry standards and practice, as well as supporting students to manage the independent learning that will be required of them at any Higher Education Institute.

The course is assessed through a series of different assessment methods including:

  • Portfolio work.
  • Development blogs.
  • Written reports.
  • Programming assessments / exams.
  • Presentations.

You will need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines and self-motivated skills for independent study.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

Minimum of FIVE GCSE’s at grade C / 5 or above.

This must include GCSE Maths AND English Language/Literature.

If you have GCSE IT/Computing this will be beneficial; as strong IT skills are essential (along with some knowledge of coding).


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Progression and Employment

Students from this course will be supported from tutors and industry peers in collecting a range of transferable skills to progress into further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment in the creative sector.

Some career opportunities can be within creative departments such as:

  • Art / Concept Art
  • Pre-Production / Production / Post-Production / Production Management
  • Planning / Design / On Set
  • Animation
  • Programming / Development / Technical / Computer-Generated (CG)
  • Compositing / Audio / Quality Assurance
 

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Apply or Enquire

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Have any further questions about this course? You can contact someone specifically about it by using the details below or filling in the enquiry form.

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Telephone: 0800 358 7575
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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

Minimum of FIVE GCSE’s at grade C / 5 or above.

This must include GCSE Maths AND English Language/Literature.

If you have GCSE IT/Computing this will be beneficial; as strong IT skills are essential (along with some knowledge of coding).


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

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