- Northern Ireland
The qualification is not listed on the 16 – 19 performance tables.
This employer-led qualification has been designed to provide learners with the broad range of skills to enable them to progress to degree level study in the three occupational areas; games, animation and VFX.
The qualification structure enables learning to encompass the development of STEAM skills; sophisticated technical skills in animation, visual effects, games design, principles of 3D design, art, maths and product programming, as well as industry working practice, project and production management and a knowledge of the ecosystem of the industries.
The content of the qualification has been supported by a number of universities and colleges as supporting entrance to appropriate degree courses.
The AIM Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills was developed for first use in September 2015.
It is currently being delivered by FE Colleges across England.
- AIM Awards
Learners must achieve all mandatory units at Level 3 to achieve this qualification.
Assessment of this qualification is through completion of an assessment pack as well as passing two externally set written examinations and an externally set synoptic project.
- The Games, Animation and VFX Industries
- Maths and Logic Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries
- Fundamental Product Programming Skills
- Art Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries
- Fundamental Animation Skills for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries
- VFX Fundamentals for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries
- 3D Tools: Principles and Practice
- Core Principles of Game Design
- Images and Sounds for Imagined Worlds
- Production Management for the Games, Animation and VFX Industries
- Business and Common Working Practice in the Games, Animation and VFX Industries
- Emerging Technologies/Trends in the Games, Animation and VFX Industries
- Creative and Technical 3D Modelling
- Level 3
Pass, Merit, Distinction
Learners are assessed via:
- Maths examination
- Programming examination
- Reflective blog
- Written assignment
- Asset development portfolio
- Externally set synoptic project, showcase portfolio
- Research report
External Maths examination contributes to 7.5% of overall grade
External Programming examination contributes to 7.5% of overall grade
Reflective blog contributes to 15% of overall grade
Written assignment contributes to 5% of overall grade
Asset development portfolio contributes to 20% of overall grade
Externally set Synoptic project contributes to 25% of overall grade
Showcase portfolio contributes to 12.5% of overall grade
Research report contributes to 7.5% of overall grade
Learners can resit the examinations a minimum of 20 working days from the original examination to allow for further teaching and learning activities to take place at the centre.
Guided Learning Hours 1,080 hours in total (TQT tbc before July 2016).
AIM Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills
The first cohort of students with AIM Awards Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills will complete their qualifications in June /July 2017 and will be applying to higher education for September 2017 entry.
Students are assessed at the end of the course in May of the second year.
UCAS applicants will have their results sent directly to UCAS either before or on the same day as A level students.
This is a current qualification
As a new qualification, statistics on learner registrations and certification will be available after the first teaching year.
Learners may progress into higher education to any games, animation or VFX degree or higher Apprenticeship or into employment.