Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
6.1 ICT Practitioners
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ004328
Price:
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Age Range:
19+
QAA aim code:
40013303

Qualification Summary

Learners must take 18 credits from the Mandatory Graded group and the remaining 27 credits from the Optional Graded group. 3 credits must be taken from the Mandatory Ungraded group and 12 credits from the Optional Ungraded group.


Why choose this qualification?

The diploma allows learners to undertake study related to animation and VFX.  Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes within the sector.  Many learners join these types of degrees after following A level study, so the diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover the fundamentals of 2D and 3D animation which provide an important introduction to the programme. They will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth.  Optional units include: 3D Environments, 3D Sculpting, Advanced 3D Modelling, Anatomy for Character Creation, Concept Art and Digital Graphics, Game Engines for Animation, Introduction to 3D Modelling, Motion Capture, Post Production, Sound for Animation, Stop Motion Animation, The Animation Industry and VFX.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.

Rules of Combination

Learners must take 18 credits from the Mandatory Graded group and the remaining 27 credits from the Optional Graded group.


Units

Mandatory Graded

Learners must complete 18 credits from this group.

2D Animation Fundamentals

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032295
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3D Animation Fundamentals

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032293
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Research Project for Animation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032297
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Optional Graded

Learners must complete 27 credits from this group

3D Environments

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032372
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3D Sculpting

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU032382
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Advanced 3D Modelling

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032301
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Anatomy for Character Creation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032380
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Concept Art and Digital Graphics

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032303
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Game Engines for Animation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032370
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Introduction to 3D Modelling

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032299
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Motion Capture

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032366
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Post Production

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032376
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Sound for Animation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032374
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Stop Motion Animation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032364
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The Animation Industry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU032378
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VFX

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU032358
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 15 ungraded credits, 3 credits from the Mandatory ungraded group and 12 credits from the Optional ungraded group.

Mandatory Ungraded

Learners must complete 3 credits from this group.

Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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Optional Ungraded

Learners must complete 12 credits from this group.

Academic Reading Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018346
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Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Communication - Speaking and Listening

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007560
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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Presenting Information Using ICT

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU027084
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Problem Solving in the Workplace

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018630
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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References and Reliability of Sources

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026344
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Study Skills for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU031633
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Intended learner groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.


What this diploma covers

Assessment methods have been selecting to provide learners with an exposure to the likely assessment methods on undergraduate degrees.

Ungraded units have a clear focus on building academic skills which those returning to education often struggle with such as referencing, reflective practice, mathematics/problem solving skills, presentation skills and using digital skills.


Delivery methods

Face to face
Online
Blended learning

Work placements would also be beneficial and visits to animation/film companies would widen opportunities. In addition, visiting speakers to introduce key topics would help to engage the learners effectively.


Progression routes

Animation Production BA
Animation BA
Animation and Illustration BA
Animation and VFX BA
Animation and Games Art BA
Computer Animation Technical Arts BA
Computer Animation BA
Visual Effects BA
Graphic Design and Animation BA


Provider approval criteria

Specific software will be required dependent on the choice of units.


Funding information

There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.

The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:

View this qualification on the ESFA’s Find a learning aim website

The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).

View this qualification on the ESFA Qualification Funding Search

How to find a learning aim

If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:

How to Use: Find a learning Aim


We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.