The NextGen course is led at Darlington by Matthew Pearson, who has 5 years of experience teaching Games Development. Matthew has experience developing and modernising courses to respond to the needs of industry as well as a developing a range of engaging and innovative methods of developing the skills of his students to the needs of games, animation and VFX industries.

Matthew is responsible for showing students 3D
modeling as well as Game engines using industry standard software 3DS Max for
3D asset development and Unreal 4 and Unity to produce games. Matthew has
overseen the expansion and development of the games course placing greater
emphasis on developing skills using industry standard software and working on
soft skills like teamwork, effective communication and time management which
are vital to working in games, animation and the VFX industries.

Progression Routes

This is a course with multiple destinations for students, but at its heart it is defined by the skills that the creative industries of Games, Animation and VFX need for future innovation and growth. Successful completion of the NextGen skills academy qualification, along with an appropriate grade and portfolio, will provide access to a wide range of specialist university courses and higher apprenticeships.

Course Cost

The NextGen Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation & VFX Skills is fully funded for 16 - 18 year old students, and for students aged 19-23 who don't already have a full Level 3 qualification.

Course Duration

Two years, full time

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