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Games Design & Interactive Media UAL Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a 1 year full time course.

About the course

You will learn about the key elements of video games development and gain insight into the fastest growing creative industry worldwide. You will learn how to produce game concepts, associated artwork, develop games environments in 3D and create playable games. You’ll be able to create characters for games, promote your own work and understand the underlying need for narrative and storytelling. You will also develop digital design skills using a host of creative software packages including Adobe Creative Suite (Master Collection).

Approximately 30% of the course is theory and contextual work whilst 70% is practical.  You will need to work independently on project work away from the college.

Where necessary you will be required to study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade 4. (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade 4 in both Maths and English).

The Design & Visual Arts Department is large and well equipped with highly trained staff, a customised print shop, digital and traditional darkrooms, Mac and PC suites, large, well-resourced studios, print making facilities and a variety of other resources.  Equipment is available to hire, You can borrow cameras, graphics tablets, laptops and iPads from the stores. Students choosing to study at our Hillsborough campus will do so in our new multimillion pound creative centre.

See what our students have been up to at: http://www.designandvisualarts.co.uk

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated and curious by nature with a keen interest in the world of art and design.  Prospective students should consider themselves to be creative and have some skill at drawing.

Qualification title

UAL Level 2 Diploma, which is equivalent to 4 GSCEs at Grades A* - C.

What students say about this course

“The facilities are great.”

“I really like college and tutors really help with your ideas.  They give loads of advice too.”

“I’ve learnt so much.”

“This isn’t a course about playing games. It’s hard but rewarding work.”

“I’ve made lots of friends. It's nice to be around people with the same interests as me.”

“I feel at home here.”

 

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3/D or (acceptable alternatives) including English Language.

Assessment

The course is assessed entirely by coursework therefore students need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

 

Financial information

You will be required to pay an annual £25 studio fee. Purchase of some specialist tools and equipment like sketch books and media storage will also be required.  This should not exceed £150 p.a. Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college’s Learner Support Fund.

Money

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

The next step could be an extended diploma qualification in Art and Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Media or Games Development.

Career opportunities include animator, modeller, games artist and many more.

Further information

How to apply   

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: HFFGD1

Venues

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    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.

      Address

      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.

      Parking

      Parking is available for Blue Badge holders only (please see the Disabled Go website for more details).

      By Train

      Sheffield Train station is well served by a variety of rail routes, please check the National Rail Enquiries website for more details. Once you arrive, Peaks Campus is accessible by tram, which you can pick up from Sheffield Train Station. Please see the section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Peaks Campus’ nearest tram stop is Moss Way, on the Blue Line.

      The Supertram website has travel planner which you can use to plan your journey and find up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are plenty of buses that serve Peaks Campus – check out the Travel South Yorkshire website to find the best route from your location, as well and timetables and fares.

      By Bike

      Peaks Campus has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.

      Access

      For accessibility information please visit the Disabled Go website