Animation and Next Gen Academy

Kickstart your career in digital art and animation! Study Animation & VFX at London’s biggest creative academy.
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Develop talent.‍Transform lives.Create careers.

Study digital art, illustration and animation at BCE’s Digital Future Campus

BCE’s Animation & Next Gen Academy course will equip you with the skills you need to become a digital artist, concept artist or animator for film, TV and games. Bring your ideas to life and create original animation concepts using top tier technology at our state-of-the-art Digital Future campus.

Our Animation & VFX courses will secure you the necessary UCAS points to progress to University and study at a number of prestigious institutions or prepare for a career in the industry

Games industry is worth £5.26bn
54% increase in jobs
Skills shortages in entry level workers
New for September 2022
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Interested in fully-funded international work experience placements? All of our courses offer opportunities to work abroad in a variety roles and settings.

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Level 3 Art & Animation

Level 3 Art & Animation Duration: 2 Years

This course has been designed for young people who want to start the process of becoming a digital artist, concept artist or animator for film, TV, Games or VFX industries. You will focus on traditional drawing techniques before moving onto digital illustration and animation. This course will give you the opportunity to develop an exciting portfolio of work to progress to higher education or apprenticeship opportunities. Completing this course will give you enough UCAS points to progress to Higher Education should you wish to do so. 

  • Life Drawing and Traditional Drawing Techniques
  • 2D Art and Drawing
  • 2D Animation and Storyboarding
  • 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Digital Illustration

Software Used: Photoshop, After Effects, Blender, Unity, Substance Painter

Qualification: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Animation

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Entry Requirements Level 3: 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 or above including English (or equivalent)
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Level 3 NextGen Academy

Level 3 NextGen Academy Duration: 2 Years

This course is for those seeking a career within a creative industry and want to expand or explore new skills in either Games, Animation or VFX. NextGen brings industry and educators together to develop the next generation of digital talent. This two-year course is for students interested in digital animation and visual effects. It’s supported by exciting games companies such as PlayStation, FrameStore and Blue Zoo. You will be able to develop a wide variety of skills:

  • Game design and game programming
  • 2D and 3D animation
  • 3D modelling
  • Art production for multiple purposes including concept art and storyboarding
  • Shooting and capturing video
  • Editing and compositing for VFX
  • Project management


Qualification: Level 3 Extended Diploma Games, Animation and VFX Skills
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Entry Requirements Level 3: 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 including English (or equivalent)

All of our courses are free for 16-18 year olds and 19-23 if the funding criteria is met. To discuss this further, email:

Welcome to BCE’s Digital Future Campus

BCE’s brand new Digital Future Campus is one of the most advanced in the country for further education students, packed with cutting-edge Animation & VFX equipment and an industry-led curriculum that rivals some of the UK’s top universities.

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“At BCT we provide a supportive, all-encompassing and stimulating education for our Animation and NextGen VFX learners. Our syllabus is devised to mirror Industry practice whilst supporting learners to expand their knowledge, digital design and imaginative skills”

Alfred ZekajCurriculum Manager for Animation & Games Design Department

Why study with us?

Developing the best learning environments for students

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Learn from the best Professional tutors with extensive industry experience will teach you everything you need to know
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Develop your skills Equip yourself with the skills needed for in-demand jobs in the industry, working to real-world briefs
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State-of-the-Art The most up to date industry-standard equipment allows your ability to shine
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Proven success Many of our students progress into careers in London’s exciting creative economy or go on to study at top universities


Vocational success rate for Academy learners


of BCE Level 3 learners progress to University


of BCE apprentices progress into careers in London’s creative economy

For Parents & Guardians

Ofsted Report

Big Creative Training Limited (BCT) is an independent training provider based in Walthamstow. BCT opened in 2000 and offers creative industries programmes for 16 to 19, apprenticeships, adult courses and alternative provision. BCT is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all areas.

Big Creative Academy (BCA) is a 16 to 19 academy based in Walthamstow. The academy opened in September 2014 and offers study programmes for students aged 16 to 19 in subjects to prepare them primarily for further study or employment in the creative industries. BCA is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Teachers have very good subject knowledge and industrial experience, as well as strong commercial links with practitioners and employers; they use these effectively to help inspire students and provide a strongly vocational context to their development.

All staff work closely with students to help them overcome any barriers to learning, to assure their health and welfare, to maintain good behaviour and a positive work ethic; as a result, students feel safe and are able to achieve their potential.

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