Benefits to students

The best course of its kind

The NextGen Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills, accredited by AIM Awards, was developed in 2015 by NextGen with industry collaboration from world renowned employers including Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Microsoft, Ubisoft Reflections, The Imaginarium, Blue Zoo, Framestore, Double Negative, Centroid and MPC.

This course went on to win Developer of the Federation of Awarding Bodies Qualification of The Year 2016, Winner of the TIGA Award for Diversity 2016 and was recently shortlisted as a finalist in the Best Education Initiative and Talent Development category at the TIGA Awards 2018.

Industry Masterclasses and briefs

NextGen students are inspired by masterclasses hosted by leading figures in the industry. Previous masterclasses have included:

  • HoloLens studio experience – Microsoft
  • Game Design and pitching – Sumo
  • Animated character expression – Blue Zoo
  • 3D modelling – Framestore
  • Employability Skills – Creative Assembly
  • VFX Rotoscoping – MPC
  • Concept Art – Atomhawk
  • Texturing for VFX – Framestore

Students can also obtain valuable practical experience by working to real employer briefs and gain insight with real industry feedback.

The Annual Student Showcase

In the summer of 2017 we held our inaugural showcase of NextGen graduate students’ work, attended by over 30 employers from world renowned games design, animation and VFX studios. This video of the event gives an excellent flavour of what NextGen is all about: 

Our students say:

"I have full confidence in my work and have gained so much knowledge of the industry. NextGen have the teaching staff with years of experience and the skills to help students aspire to be who they want to be." Adam, Sunderland College

Benefits to colleges

Tutor CPD

As well as inspiring students, our partnership with industry means NextGen tutors and colleges are offered unique CPD opportunities via our network of employers. Previous examples of tutor CPD include:

  • 2-day placement at Framestore and Double Negative
  • 1-day bespoke Unity training
  • 3-day VFX Fundamentals bootcamp
  • 3-day Motion Capture and data manipulation bootcamp with Centroid 3D

If you would like to know more about becoming a NextGen student, apprentice, training provider or college, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Email is the best way to get in touch: [email protected]

Introduction to NextGen Skills Academy