Level 3 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 (image courtesy of Microsoft, Halo 4)

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The Diploma covers all the fundamental skills required in art, animation, visual effects, games design, principles of 3D design, maths and product programming and knowledge of the ecosystem of the industries.

Sample Topic: Fortnite

What Will I Study?

Learners must achieve all mandatory units at Level 3 to achieve this qualification. Assessment of this qualification is through completion of an Assessment Pack as well as two internally set, externally approved and internally marked written examinations




Unit Title  Level
H/507/3221 The Games, Animation and VFX Industries Three
H/507/3218 Maths and Logic Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries Three
Y/507/3216 Fundamental Product Programming Skills Three
T/507/3210 Art Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries Three
R/507/3215 Fundamental Animation Skills for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries Three
K/507/3222 VFX Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries Three
F/507/3209 3D Tools: Principles and Practice Three
F/507/3212 Core Principles of Game Design Three

When Will I Study?

Start Date:  Flexible

Length of Course: The maximum time that you may take to complete your course is 12 months.

Where Will I Study?

This is a 100% distance learning course so it’s your choice.  Study at home, at work, on the beach or on the go.

How Will I Study?

Online tutorials, videos, elearning materials, activities, projects, one-to-one support and more to equip you with the knowledge and skills that you will need to pass the course.

How Will I Be Assessed?

You will create a portfolio of evidence.

Entry Criteria

  1. Level 2 mathematics or  equivalent, i.e. GCSE Maths at Grade C (or you will need to pass a maths skills test)
  2. Level 2 English or equivalent i.e. GCSE English at Grade C (or you will need to pass an English skills test)
  3. We recommend that you have the following:
  • Basic programming skills
  • Good ICT
  • A flair for design
  • and a passion for gaming

Equipment and Resources

You need to be computer literate and have:

  • access to a computer (a tablet or smart phone may also be used and will require an app to be installed)
  • access to the internet

You may also need occasional access to a printer.

Job Prospects

Visit prospects.ac.uk for information on careers in the gaming and VFX industry.  These include:

  • quality assurance tester
  • programmer, with various specialisms such as network, engine, toolchain and artificial intelligence
  • artist, including concept artist, animator and 3D modeller
  • producer
  • editor
  • designer
  • special effects technician
Sample topic: augmented reality

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