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Welcome to Media & Games Design at The Sheffield College

Welcome to Media & Games Design

Sheffield’s pretty high flying when it comes to creative media. Everybody knows that and we’ve got loads of creative companies to boot! So when you say you want to get into media, we don’t blame you.

Our media, journalism, photography and games design study programmes will provide you with the perfect foundation to launch into a career in the creative industries. We’ve invested millions of pounds in our Hillsborough Campus to provide you with the best media opportunities in the region - everything designed to mirror the equipment and surroundings you'll be expected to use on the job. We’ve got photography studios, dark rooms, recording studios, a TV studio, edit suites and production facilities for TV, radio and film. Not to mention our computer suites running all of the top-spec games design software. 

We work with a whole host of local employers in the industry to make sure we open as many doors for you during your time here as possible. Recent opportunities have included filming and reporting on live Sheffield Sharks basketball matches, as well as industry placement projects and specialist masterclasses with industry professionals.

Our tutors are all experts in their area and many have worked in the industries they teach in. For example, our journalism tutors have worked – and still do work – for newspapers and magazines across the country. They know all the ins and outs of the industry, and there’s nobody better to help you start your career than people who have previously done the job you want.

Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your science career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, join one of our Employers Skills Academies or head straight into an Apprenticeship, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our media and games design courses and Apprenticeships. 

Former student, Caleb, talks us through his experience of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games Design

Case Study: Caleb O'Brien

One of the best ways to find out about a course is to speak to somebody who has been there and done it.

Enter former Games Design student and Sheffield College alumni, Caleb!

In this video Caleb explains a bit more about the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games Design, what his job as a Junior Character Artist involves, and how his experiences at The Sheffield College helped to prepare him for the role he does now.

 

What kind of work will I do on a media or games design course?

A huge part of the work you will do on any of our creative courses is practical, hands-on experience! We know that getting out of the classroom and into a studio is one of the best ways to help you pick up new skills and embed the theory you've been learning. 

Day to day you'll be learning in our fully-equipped TV studio, sound stage, edit suites or games design studios. You'll work on projects that allow you to create and explore your own ideas, whether that's designing your own game, filming a short documentary or creating a photographic portfolio on a particular theme, all of the work you'll be doing will centre on developing your practical skills.

We also work closely with companies in the creative industries who will often set students a project brief that reflects scenarios that you might encounter in the profession. This ensures that you're always learning relevant skills that will help you go further in your career.

Games design student works on creating 3D lighting effects in a masterclass
A group of Games Design students work on their entry for the Global Game Jam competition

Trips, Visits & Competitions

One of the best elements of studying a creative course are the huge number of opportunities that come with it! We invest a lot into getting our creative students as much real-world interactions and experience so that you're ready to hit the ground running when it comes to getting a job.

Our media and games design students will often venture off campus to visit local businesses, speaking to industry employers and getting the low down on what it takes to succeed in the industry. For example, this year our Level 3 Games Design students have taken part in a masterclass with Framestore (a leading media company in the industry!), learning to hone their 3D modelling and lighting skills to professional standards.

 

We encourage students to take part in trips to broaden their experiences - this year media and games design students have visited the BBC's creative hub, Media City, in Salford; attended the Yorkshire Games Festival at Bradford's Science & Media Museum and taken part in a residential trip to Scarborough where they spend a weekend creating their own short horror film!

Encouraging students to enter competitions is another way we help to expand your skillset. Earlier this year a group of our Games Design students took part in Global Game Jam - a competition that brings together teams across the world and challenges them to create a brand new game (based on a given theme) in just 48-hours! 

Work-related Activity & Industry Placements

As a student at The Sheffield College, you will be encouraged to spend time with an employer in a real-life working environment as part of your study programme. This could be experience of work or an industry placement, depending on what kind of course you are studying.

What's in it for me?

  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the work place in a variety of areas
  • Enhance your employability skills such as communication skills, problem-solving, social skills, time-management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and team work
  • Previous experience of work can help you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helps you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about so that you can apply this to your future career

Facilities

Our facilities are one of the things that really make us stand out - we've invested millions in our Hillsborough Campus to ensure that our creative media students are learning in a top-class, industry standard environment.

We want to give you every opportunity to develop your talents through hands-on learning experiences, that's why we have dedicated creative spaces so that you can explore new techniques in a huge variety of fields, including:

  • Fully operational TV studio complete with lighting rig, cameras and sound desk
  • Photography studios (including an on-site dark room for developing photos)
  • Computer suites equipped with the latest editing and games design software
  • Fully stocked equipment store where you can borrow equipment for completing your projects and working off-site

Click on a button below to explore just some of the facilities at Hillsborough Campus!

 

What can I do once I finish my studies?

At the end of the day, we all know that a qualification is just the first step on the road to landing your dream job and kick-starting your career, and we're determined to help you get to where you want to be. A qualification in media or games design can lead to loads of varied opportunities within the creative industries.

Whether you want to cover breaking news stories as a journalist, create Academy Award-winning films and documentaries, or design the next Fortnite, career prospects in this area are on the up, with over 6000 job roles in this field predicted to be available in Sheffield by 2022! 

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC