16-18 Courses, 16-18: Vocational

Games, Animation and VFX (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

GCSE Average Points Score: 3.5, Grade 4 English Language GCSE, Grade 4 Maths GCSE, 5 GCSEs at Grade 4

Course information

The Creative Media Practice course Games, Animation and VFX pathway is a two-year qualification equivalent to three A Levels. It has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study and employment in the media sector. It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in Games, Animation and VFX to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

The course focuses on design and development, understanding the industry, developing story and concept art, game engines, and object-orientated design. Your lecturers are industry professionals who will help you to develop the practical skills you need, as well as showing you how to develop the research and planning aspects of any production. Throughout the course you will develop practical skills across multiple disciplines.

You can expect to study:

  • Computer Game Development
  • Visual Effects
  • Animation Production
  • Linear and Interactive Narratives
  • Character Design
  • Digital Design and Page Layout
  • 3D modelling
  • E-Sports and Journalism

You will undertake a final end-of-year project that will allow you to utilise the various skills acquired throughout the course. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels.

It is a complete programme and is therefore not taken with any other course. Having an understanding and interest in Games, Animation & VFX will benefit you personally and professionally.

  • How you are assessed

    100% Coursework including practical/written assessments.

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What Can This Course Lead To

Progress to university, further study, a higher level apprenticeship or employment.

Successful completion of this course can lead to the study of higher education courses and university degrees, such as Games Design, Computer Animation SFX or Graphics, among many others. The course develops a wide range of transferrable skills in problem-solving, team working and critical thinking, which are beneficial for creative and design-based careers. It also enables students to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to go directly to work in the multimedia and creative media production industries, or seek a vocational apprenticeship or trainee role.

Did You Know?
There are more than two million jobs in the creative industries and creative jobs have increased by 30.6% since 2011. Creative jobs are future-proof jobs – 87% of creative jobs are at low or no risk of automation. (Source: Creative Industries Federation 2017).

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