Level 3

  • FT/PT





    2 years


    Aim Awards


Leading the way in Games Development, VFX and Animation, Middlesbrough College Games Development department was the 8th college in the country to be given accreditation to run the Next-Gen: Skills Academy course thanks to our amazing team, students and incredible digital creative facilities. We are the only college within the Tees Valley to deliver this amazing opportunity.

NextGen collaborates with industry experts to make sure their vocational qualifications for young people are up to date and relevant. They do this through working with an Employer Steering Group and Further Education to support delivery of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills, accredited by AIM Awards. Their collaboration with AIM Awards has ensured that assessment methodology is aligned to industry standards and practice. This joined up approach has also produced two VFX Apprenticeship standards with a Games standard currently in development, which would be ideal progression routes for graduating NextGen students.

The Games, Animation and VFX sectors are academically stretching but vocationally focused, which is why employers supported the creation of NextGen and continue to work closely with them. The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills embodies the fundamental skills and knowledge identified as necessary for employment in these industries. It was developed in 2015 by NextGen with industry collaboration from Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Microsoft, Ubisoft Reflections, The Imaginarium, Blue Zoo, Framestore, Double Negative, Centroid and MPC. NextGen are always expanding and have since added Creative Assembly and Playground Games to their roster of supporters.

course information

Date: 09/09/2019 - 27/06/2021

Location: Middlehaven (Main Building)

Total Fees: £0.00

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Modules include:

  • 3D Modelled Environments and Characters for Games and Animation
  • Computer game production
  • Animation
  • Sound for media
  • Graphics, comics and digital imagery
  • Planning and Pitching Creative Media Products
  • Visual FX for the games Industry
  • Preparation for Games industry careers and Portfolio building
  • Marketing within the Games industry

September - June


You should have achieved five GCSEs at grade 4/5 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths (these should ideally be at grade 5 or above.)

You will be assessed through:

  • Core principles exam
  • Asset development portfolio (inc. development blogs)
  • Written assignment: art theory in context
  • Case study exam
  • Synoptic project
  • Research report

This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills so that you can progress onto a range of our HE courses.

Transferable skills from the course include: 

  • Critical analysis
  • Research
  • Broad commercial and cultural awareness
  • Teamwork
  • Initiation and development of creative work in writing, audio-visual or other electronic media
  • Flexible, creative and independent approach to tasks
  • Ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines

Past students have progressed onto our foundation degree in Games Design and have then completed the BSc (Hons) Games Design top-up degree.

Alternatively, this course is preparation for entry level employment in various aspects of games design.

Past students have progressed onto careers such as:

  • Games designer
  • Concept artist
  • Animator
  • Computer games tester
  • E-learning developer
  • Product designer
  • Web designer
  • Marketing, PR and sales
  • Web content manager
  • Social media manager
  • Market researcher

More information about jobs can be found on the Creative Skillset website:

Games: http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/games/job_roles

Animation: http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/animation/job_roles

VFX :http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/vfx/job_roles

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333.

Level 3 Entitlement: If you are aged 19 - 23 on the start date of the course and this is your first full Level 3 qualification the course is free.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College.

If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk.

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