Games, Animation and Visual Effects Advanced - MK College

Games, Animation and Visual Effects Advanced

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Alongside Japan and the USA, people in Britain are some of the biggest consumers and creators of video games in the world. In fact, there are around 44.2 million gamers in the UK. The UK industry is worth almost £5.89 billion and sales for games were greater than the video and music markets in 2016.

Digital art, games design, animation and visual effects are just a few examples of career pathways available in this sector. Technology has never been more sophisticated, and with constant innovation and advancement, there is a real need for talented individuals with the right skills and talents to keep the industry moving forward with new ideas and creativity.

The Digital Games revenue in the UK reached a record 3.5 billion US Dollars in Digital Sales in 2020 alone. The current number of players of games in the UK is 44.32 million in 2021 and predicted to rise above 50 Million by 2024. (Statista 2022)

UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Games Animation & Visual Effects

What will I do?

This Games Animation & Visual Effects course is a great way to decide where you fit into the games, animation, and visual effects industry. Whilst on the course you will look at the fundamentals of games, animation, and postproduction VFX such as lighting, sound, compositing and green screen effects. Starting from Basic art skills, 2d, colour shade and composition, introduction to 3D, characters, environments, assets and developing ideas. Game design, Game play and understanding target audiences. Using sound and artwork to create different worlds. We do all this whilst centred around project-based learning, there are no exams during the entirety of the course, but ongoing assessment and feedback.

If you have a passion for creation and you want new and exciting ways to apply your skills, then this course will enable you to realise your own ability to succeed in many exciting industries. Some of the industry-standard applications we use include the Adobe Suite of tools such as Photoshop and Premier Pro. Zbrush, 3D Studio Max, Blender, Toon Boom Harmony (Animation Suite), Unity Game Engine, and much more.

You may want to use this course as a stepping-stone to university and we can help prepare you for this too. The Games Animation & Visual Effects course covers a lot but university is your opportunity to develop into a specialist so we can support you to take this next step. The skills you will learn on the course can set you up for some other interesting industries, for example, product design, visualisation, interactive development, advertising, web development and let’s not forget the Film and Gaming industries possibly one of the largest growth areas in the past decade, with jobs located worldwide and many of those are also remote working opportunities.


After successful completion of this Games Animation & Visual Effects course, you can progress onto a range of Higher Education opportunities, including HNC/HND courses offered at the College. You could also progress to study at university to specialise in areas such as animation or games design. The course qualification is the equivalent of 3 x A Levels
with the UCAS points values as below.

Pass: 72
Merit: 120
Distinction: 168

Alternatively, you may choose to start an apprenticeship or enter employment within the industry over 30 different entry-level positions are available across many departments.  Examples of roles can be found here at ScreenSkills

Is it for me?

Enjoy creating and drawing characters, creatures or new worlds? Created a model in a graphics design class? Written a story? Filmed an adventure you’ve had with friends? Had a new idea for a game? If you do any of these things and you consider yourself to be a creative person who is willing to learn and develop technical skills, this course will teach you how to harness these skills and turn them into a successful future career.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Maths and English.

Course Information

  1. Games, Animation and Visual Effects Advanced



    9 Sep 2024


    Mon to Fri


    Chaffron Way Campus

    • FEES

    • 16 – 18

      Fully Funded

    • 19 – 23


    • 24+


    • Overseas


More information is available on Fees & Funding for 19 + here and EEA Nationals here.

What does the course include?

Y1 Term 1: Introduction to 2d, 3d, Postproduction VFX and Web Development (Portfolio)
Y1 Term 2: Introduction to Sound, Moving Image /Animation and Game Development
Y1 Term 3: Final Major Project – Themed

Y2 Term 1: Careers and next steps, Specialist Studies
Y2 Term 2: Refinement of Specialist Skills, UCAS Support (Next Steps/Career Choices)
Y2 Term 3: Specialism based Final Major Project

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