Games Design and Interactive Media Level 2 (Peaks) at Sheffield College
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.
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.”
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.
4 GCSEs at 3 grade or acceptable alternatives plus a minimum grade 3 in English Language.
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.
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?
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.
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.