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Gateway offers a high quality learning experience using first-class facilities and provides genuine added value.

NextGen (Games) L3


Course Duration

2 years

Standard Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs including:
Maths C/4, (preferably B/5)
English C/4
Art / Design subject C/4 or a good Portfolio of work

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Assessment of Diploma

Units covered: • 3D Tools: Principles and Practice
• VFX Fundamentals for the Games Animation and VFX industries
• Fundamental Product Programming Skills
• Fundamental Animation Skills for the Games, Animation and VFX industries
• Maths and Logic Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX industries
• Art Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX industries
• The Games, Animation and VFX Industries

Assessment of Extended Diploma

Units covered: • Core Principles of Game design
• Images and sounds for imagined worlds
• Story/ Playboarding
• Production management for the Games, Animation and VFX industries
• Business and Common Working Practice
• Emerging Technologies/ Trends in the Games, Animation and VFX industries
• Creative and Technical 3D Modelling

Course Overview

This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels at A* - E. These qualifications leading to a broad range of skills, have been developed in partnership with The Next Gen Skills Academy, an industry led organisation, enabling Gateway to access industry support through materials such as live briefs. In the second year students will upload their work to the Portal and will be assigned an industry mentor who will provide feedback on their portfolio. When needed, master classes can be arranged and tutorials delivered via Skype straight into our class rooms from industry studios.

Career Progression

A clear understanding of how the Games, Animation and VFX industries work in practice and experience of working to a specific industry brief in a way that replicates industry methods of project management will ensure that any learner choosing to progress their learning and career path through a Higher level Apprenticeship or a Degree Apprenticeship will be able to start work immediatelywithout necessarily requiring any industry understanding preparation programme.

Further Information

Industry studios involved in the writing of this course include:
• Microsoft Studios
• Sony Entertainment
• Reflections Ubisoft
• Framestore (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, Avengers – Oscar winning Animation and VFX)
• Double Negative