Two Years | BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Animation & Visual Effects

Two Years | BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


Animation and Visual Effects (VFX) have become some of the fastest growing segments in the global media and entertainment market with this content being consumed not only on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Twitch, but also on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. From million pound movies to augmented and virtual reality, we absorb this type of media every day.

If you’re interested in digital art, graphics, 3D modelling and want to work in film, TV, post production or even games, bring your wild imagination and study Animation & Visual Effects.

The aim of this course is to give you the building blocks needed to specialise in your desired computer-generated art form. Using sophisticated graphics and animation packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects, you’ll develop your skills to be able to create dynamic, animated 2D content before moving on to motion graphics and stop motion animation in your first year.

By year two, you’ll be creating 3D assets yourself and then combining these with video and 2D content to use in your own advanced VFX compositions. You’ll explore the roles and principles needed in the VFX industry to fully understand where you want to progress to and the area you’re most interested in.


ACC’s approach to all its courses is a focus on industry and providing students with a range of skills any employer would look for.

By studying at ACC, you are part of a creative community of designers, producers and coders – all people you could be working with after you graduate! Why just study industry when you can be in it?


Exclusive to Access Creative College, our GoLive Careers Programme provides you opportunities to have real life experiences in your sector as well as the extras you need to gain the skills for your next steps.

You will get the chance to develop new skills, learn from industry professionals, work collaboratively on a charity project and attend external events! You can also put yourself forward for an award and will celebrate the year’s successes at an Awards Showcase.


You’ll need to show you have a passion for animation and/or 2D/3D art and have at least:

Four GCSEs at grades 4-9, or C-A* including English
Other grades will be considered on a case by case basis.


This course is to get you into the mindset and give you a portfolio of work to become a 2D or 3D animator, modeller or artist. You can take all these skills into Higher Education and study a degree in Visual Effects, Animation or similar.


Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester, Norwich