NextGen Skills Academy held their second annual Graduate Showcase, on Wednesday 4th July at Westminster Kingsway College, London, bringing together over 50 graduating students from Sunderland, Uxbridge and NESCOT Colleges with representatives from world renowned games design, animation and visual effects (VFX) studios.

The graduates were given the rare opportunity to show off their impressive portfolios, honed over 2 years studying for the AIM Awards & NextGen Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills, to more than 20 multi-award winning and industry leading companies including:

  • SIEE (Formally Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe) - Multinational video game and digital entertainment company with offices and development studios worldwide 
  • Sumo – UK games developer. Games include Forza Motorsport 7, Snake Pass, Dead Island 2, Crackdown 3 and Hitman Episode 5, Colorado.
  • Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) – VFX and Animation.  Films include Rogue One, Doctor Strange, Star Wars – Force Awakens
  • Framestore – Global VFX company based in London – Films and TV include Avengers Infinity War, Blade Runner 2049, Fantastic Beasts
  • The Imaginarium - A motion capture performance specialist and production house. Known for its founder Andy Serkis and films such as Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes
  • Blue Zoo - one of the UK’s leading animation studios
  • Double Negative – One of the world’s leading visual effects, animation and stereo conversion companies for feature film and television. Work includes Deadpool 2, Fantastic Beasts and Pacific Rim Uprising 

First year students from The Sheffield College, Gateway College and Westminster Kingsway College, the newest colleges to offer NextGen courses, were also invited to present their portfolios, meet industry professionals and take in the event ahead of their own graduation showcase in 2019.

Amy Smith, Head of Talent at BAFTA and Oscar award-winning VFX studio Framestore, said:

“Once again it was a pleasure to see the level of talent displayed by the NextGen students and also to see how mature their work was. The students were engaged and thoughtful in their presentations to industry and it's clear that whether they go on to further study or to work that they are achieving beyond our expectations for their level”

Are you interested in a career in games, animation and VFX? Start your journey with NextGen Skills and you could be showcasing your work to people like Amy.

NextGen Skills Academy prides itself on bringing industry and educators together to develop the next generation of digital talent. All NextGen courses are developed in partnership with employers across games design, animation and VFX to give you the best start to your career.

By joining a NextGen course you'll learn precisely the skills top employers are looking for. Alongside developing vital technical, artistic, maths and programming skills you’ll be working to employer briefs, getting real industry feedback and joining masterclasses with industry experts. To find out more about all the courses and support NextGen Skills Academy offers please visit: Courses & apprenticeships.

Check out some of our NextGen Graduates amazing work below:







Lewis Rhodes, Aaron Vincent-Powell, Kayleigh Reeves-Deane


A group VFX final project. It's about the effects of makeup on self-esteem.

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Truro & Penwith College

Robert Drysdale

“NextGen Student Year 2 Presentation”

End of year 2 presentation.

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Sunderland College

Kelly Logan

NextGen Final Portfolio, Year 2

Final portfolio for my end-of-year. Contains the work on five different games encompassing programming, game design, sound and lighting.

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Sunderland College

Nikki Dixon

NextGen Portfolio for Sunderland College

3D assets and Drawings.


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