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Games Design and Interactive Media Level 2 (Peaks) 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.

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.”

 

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3 grade or acceptable alternatives plus a minimum grade 3 in English Language.

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

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: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: KFFGD1

Venues

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    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.

      Address

      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.

      Parking

      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

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

      Accessibility

      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.