Games, Graphics and Media Design Level 1 (Peaks) at Sheffield College
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.
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”
3 GCSEs at 2 or above (or acceptable alternatives) plus a minimum grade 2 in 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.
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.
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.
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:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Where can it lead?
We encourage all students to progress to Level 2 courses, apprenticeships or employment.
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:
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.