/Skills Bootcamp in Creative Computing: UI/UX Design - January 2023

Provided by: Bath Spa University

Course Area: South West

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: 09/01/2023

End date: 31/03/2023

Course length: 12 weeks

Subjects: Games technology, User experience design, User interface design, Web development

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

Skills Bootcamp overview

This 12 week programme will provide necessary skills to gain employment in roles using creative computing.  This is using digital technology to aid creativity with applications in arts, entertainment and games, mobile applications, multimedia, web design and other interactive systems.

 

The bootcamp starts with an introduction to computing and the creative industries covering ideation and creative problem solving.  It progresses to delivering creative outputs focussing on user experience.  A large part of the bootcamp will be a practical assignment so participants gain experience in the concepts and methodologies around identity, storytelling, images, sounds and graphics.  The course will focus on web, smartphone and web apps as an example of the practical applications for creative computing.

 

All technical content is complemented with personal and professional skills provision plus employment support including techniques for job applications, mock interviews and employer networking events.  In addition to highly experienced lecturers the bootcamps will also feature guest speakers, group exercises and a blended delivery model to provide maximum

flexibility for other commitments.

 

The bootcamp will be hands-on and includes project work based on real scenarios that form part of the assessment process.

 

Its designed for adults requiring new and additional skills to embark on a career within the creative industries where digital skills are highly sought after.

Who is this course for

This bootcamp is for students aged 19+ who want to change to a career in technology.  The specific focus of this bootcamp is UI/UX design, a subject highly relevant to the South West’s creative economy. Students should have aspirations for a career in the creative industries using digital technology. They may be interested in web design, UX/UI design, agile project management and/or app development. While some previous knowledge is desirable, the most important factor is a positive mindset, desire and commitment.

 

The delivery model is entirely online and provides the opportunity for participants to combine learning with other life commitments.  In addition to classroom-based learning, students will also be provided with opportunities to practice and demonstrate their skills throughout.

 

Students are expected to spend a number of hours outside of teaching on independent study to support their learning. You will be supported by lecturers during independent study with the provision of drop in sessions.



Eligibility

Learners must:

  • Be aged 19+
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on your employment outcomes for up to eight months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
  • Be looking for a new job role related to creative computing/web development/ UX and UI design, or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role that utilises the skills acquired through this short course
  • Live in the South West region (includes Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset)
  • Have not completed a DfE funded bootcamp in the last two years

What will I learn

  • Introduction to Computing & Creative Industries
  • Ideation and Creative Problem Solving
  • Digital Identity & Storytelling
  • Web Development
  • Experience Design
  • Image, Motion, Sound, Graphics and Code
  • Smartphone & Web apps

 

Upon completion of this bootcamp participants will be able to:

    1. Apply computing to creativity in spheres such as arts, entertainment and games, mobile applications, multimedia, web design and other interactive systems
    2. Demonstrate experience of project work and application of creative computing to solving creative industry challenges or requirements.
    3. Understand practices of digital identity & storytelling with use of images, motion, sounds.
    4. Apply concepts to web and app experience design
    5. Succeed with job applications – getting an interview and recognising different interview styles.
    6. Demonstrate an improvement in personal or soft skills through individual and group exercise work.
    7. Achieve an employment outcome in creative computing.
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Creating pathways to employment

How has the Skills Bootcamp been designed/created with employer input?

 

Working with established employer partnerships comprising individual businesses  and also business representative bodies like the Chambers of Commerce to  ensure programme meets needs of broad range of SME’s and larger employers.   Content validated with subset of employers prior to delivery to ensure alignment with skills demand.

 

How are employers involved in the delivery of this Skills Bootcamp?

 

Employers feature through Weeks 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 as well as initial consultation on the programme design and content per above..  This involvement comprises assistance with mock interviews, employer networking events, employer involvement in project assessment and the provision of 1-2-1 employer mentoring to achieve employment outcomes.

 

 What are the routes to employment following successful completion?

 

Bath Spa University will provide employability and soft skills content running throughout the bootcamp. We are running a current employability programme called RESTART aimed at getting adults impacted by the pandemic back into work. This proposal takes the same proven content on employability – CV writing, Interview techniques, personal statement creation. This programme also provides techniques in confidence, resiliency, communication and problem solving techniques. In addition to traditional classroom based learning delivery, the bootcamps will provide opportunities for these skills to be practiced and displayed throughout the programme.  We will encourage mentorship via bootcamp alumni and for the first bootcamp via extended college and university staff.

 

Bath Spa University have established employability pathways that we will guide participants through. The path to employment process will start by circulating details of participants to all employers and employer representative bodies on enrolment. Regular networking events will be held for participants to introduce themselves to those employers with planned or committed vacancies. Once candidates have made their employer preferences, the programme will then support the candidate through the application and interview process. This structured framework will meet the minimum requirements of 100% interviews with 75% of attendees progressing to new jobs

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