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Games, Graphics and Media Design Level 1 (Hillsborough) at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a one year full time course.

About the course

This course is a broad introduction to creative digital design. 

During the course you will make playable 2D video games, practise professional photography skills and also create graphics for the web as well as for clothes such as T-Shirts.

During the year you will also explore enterprise and vocational employment.  You’ll create a digital portfolio and be encouraged not only to consider how you can get paid for your work but also how to market your products and services online via social media.

This course is 70% practical and 30% theoretical. You will always work to complete assignments using research, idea development, concept work, final designs and evaluation.

You will study Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of Grade 4.  Many universities and employers ask for a Grade 4/C in both English and Maths.

Equipment and Costs

You are required to pay an annual £35 studio fee.  Purchase of some specialist tools and equipment like sketch books and media storage will also be required.  This should not exceed £100 p.a.  Support with these costs may be available from the college’s Learner Support Fund.


The Design and 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.  Students can borrow cameras, graphics tablets, laptops and iPads from the stores. From September 2015 students choosing to study at our Hillsborough campus will do so in our new multimillion pound creative centre.

Will this course suit me?

To be successful on this course you will have to have a keen interest in the arts and be able to express your ideas visually.  You will be willing to look at different sources for ideas and inspiration.

Qualification title.

Edexcel Level 1 Certificate in Vocational Studies (Art and Design)

What students say about this course

“Loving it … it builds your confidence”

“It’s very different from school”

“It’s great having new friends”

“I like the work and the teachers”

“I’ve learnt a lot during my time at Norton. I’m looking forward to level 2 art and design”


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 2 (or acceptable alternatives).  including English language.


Most of your work can be achieved in college time but you will be encouraged to work independently and do some study at home.  This level 1 qualification is assessed through the course work you produce throughout the year.  You will need to be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Financial information


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?

We encourage all students to progress to Level 2 courses, apprenticeships or employment.

Further information

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 25th October 2018, 4pm- 7pm
Wednesday 21st November 2018, 4pm- 7pm
Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4pm - 7pm
Monday 4th March 2019, 4pm- 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: 15 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: HFIGD1


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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.


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

      By Train

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      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.

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