Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation & VFX Skills

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: Two internally set and marked written exams, plus internally assessed and externally moderated assessment evidence
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

This course is offered in collaboration with the Art, Design & Media department. Employers have identified the skills that are crucial in these fast-moving digital industries. You will develop technical, artistic, mathematical and programming skills that are vital to the successful creation of any game, animation or visual effects sequence.

The course will support your career and help prepare you for a wide range of potential jobs in creative and digital media. You’ll leave with both essential skills and a strong portfolio that demonstrates your potential, whether you decide to go straight into the workplace, study for a second year or take an Apprenticeship. All employers in every sector are looking for learners who can communicate, work well in a team and have good computation thinking. This is at the heart of this course.

Your course

You will study a range of units over the two years, which include:

  • The Games, Animation and VFX Industries
  • Maths and Logic Fundamentals
  • Animation and VFX Industries
  • Fundamental Product Programming Skills
  • Art Fundamentals
  • Fundamental Animation Skills
  • VFX Fundamentals for the Games
  • 3D Tools: Principles and Practice
  • Core Principles of Game Design

You will be required to undertake a one-week work placement as part of the course. There will be an expectation that you are enthusiastic and motivated to enter the creative digital sector.

Entry Requirements

Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3.

If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required.

Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

HE Progression

Many of our students progress onto the HND in Computing or the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art & Design (Arts Practice) at Selby College. We are also proud to offer a pathway through to a full BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing delivered here at Selby College. On successful completion of the course you may go on to other Higher Education courses at University, an Apprenticeship or employment.

Potential Careers

  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Games Developer/Animator
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality Developer
  • Multimedia Designer

Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: Two internally set and marked written exams, plus internally assessed and externally moderated assessment evidence
Entry Requirements: Standard Level 3 vocational entry requirements apply. The minimum requirement is at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 OR at least 3 GCSE subjects at Grade 4 alongside alternative GCSE equivalent requirements. At least one of Maths or English Language must be Grade 4 and neither lower than Grade 3. If the subject applied for has been taken previously, then at least a Grade 4 at GCSE or Merit at BTEC or OCR Level 2 is required. Please note: If you have not achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths you will be required to continue studying these alongside your college course.

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