Two years | Level 3 Creative Computing

TWO YEARS | LEVEL 3

  • INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE COMPUTING
  • WHY STUDY CREATIVE COMPUTING AT ACC?
  • COURSE FACTS
  • THE CREATIVE COMPUTING COURSE
  • ACC LIVE
  • AFTER GRADUATING
  • HOW TO APPLY

So you’re pretty hot on a computer and you enjoy learning about coding and creating things yourself, did you know creative computing is actually a career? Not only is it an integral part of modern life, it features in most businesses worldwide. Problem solving is one of the most sought after skills and being able to apply that creatively to things like programming, user experience and then app development or even sound is an incredible ability to have. If you find yourself torn between a creative mindset but hold a passion for computer technology, this course utilises the technical skills of computing to develop creative artefacts in areas such as website design, games design, app development and music software.

WHY STUDY CREATIVE COMPUTING AT ACC?

People who find themselves at Hackerspace, Games Jams, Code Clubs, Coderdojo and Hackathons, we want you! Bring your interests to Access Creative College and we can work with you to hone your abilities and focus your path all whilst mixing with other creatives. If you’re looking for a purely computing based course, head straight for Software Development (T Level) but if you want to apply your computing skills to a digital media environment, this is for you.

COURSE FACTS

Qualification: BTEC National, Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice
How Long: Three to four days a week for two years, September to July (daytime). How long you are in college will depend on what additional English and Maths sessions you need to attend.
Where: Birmingham, Bristol, Lincoln, London, Manchester, Norwich.
Entry Requirements: This course is for a special type of person who has a keen interest in applying their computing skills to a creative medium. Your portfolio should include your media interests from web design to app development or music software plugins. You’ll also need at least four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C), including English, or other equivalent qualifications. Other grades will be considered on a case by case basis. Places are conditional based on this achievement and we will discuss options with you if you do not attain these.
Assessment: This qualification is coursework based and does not contain exams. Some assessments take place practically and involves your ability to carry out a task or brief being recorded. Coursework is assessed through a variety of methods with the qualification being gained through a good balance of practical and written assessments.
Fees: If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2020, then the course is FREE. If you are aged 19+ please refer to our 19+ information on the fees page.

 

THE CREATIVE COMPUTING COURSE

This very special course, which is unique to ACC, is a blend of computer technology (coding) and digital media. Its primary focus is to develop your problem solving skills then apply your computing knowledge in a creative setting. Understanding computer technology is key, with a coherent introduction to IDEs (Integrated Development Environment), programming languages, frameworks and libraries in User Interface, User Experience web and app development. You’ll explore the uses of code creatively, with generative artwork and audio, for example, or shaders, VFX or projection mapping. Your passion is key here as you will learn to apply your knowledge to your specific creative interests. As with all our courses, there are all the extra elements of working life that you will be introduced to, from creative project management to presentation and critique of work.

ACC LIVE

Exclusive to Access Creative College, our ACC Live programme provides our students with the extras they need to gain real live experience in their sector. Being a creative computing student will open doors to field visits and industry shows such as SIGGRAPH, becoming a member of Eurographics and attending their events as well as experiencing festivals such as ARS Electronica. As part of ACC Live, one of your assignments will be an industry-set brief in which there are often prize winners. Exciting stuff, hey.

AFTER GRADUATING

You’ll walk away with a body of work in a portfolio that can be immediately shared with Higher Education establishments or your chosen employer. Careers span the entire computing industries as well as the creative industries from front-end developer to VFX technical artist.

HOW TO APPLY

Applying for this course is easy. All you need to do is fill in our short online application form. After you have created an account you will be able to provide links to online work, upload relevant documents and book an interview slot. Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch within a couple of days.

SKILLS SET: – For school leavers we will require evidence of your predicted and actual grades, ideally backed up by a school reference.

– Please note you will not be able to enrol if you will be under the age of 16 on 31st August. Applications from people under this age are still welcome, but will be deferred to the following year.