/Skills Bootcamp in Creative Computing - November 2021 (Closed)
Provided by: Bath Spa University
Course Area: South West
Course Type: Short Course
Start date: 01/11/2021
End date: 04/02/2022
Subjects: Games technology, User experience design, User interface design, Web development
Delivery Method: Blended
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 adults impacted by pandemic seeking to up-skill and re-skill leading to a career in digital technology. The specific focus of this bootcamp is creative computing, a subject highly relevant to the South West’s creative economy.
The delivery model is blended between online and F2F to provide maximum flexibility and opportunity for participants to combine learning with other life commitments. Due to the intense nature of a 12 week bootcamp plus the necessity to deliver a lot of the employability skills and practice of interviews in person there is a requirement for F2F delivery, however this will be provided at times to minimise disruption to things like school runs. Content will also be delivered online each day to maximise this flexibility. It should also be noted the course is designed to be fully online should there be a requirement to adjust due to further lockdown restrictions.
All applicants should have aspirations for a career in the creative industries using digital technology with an interest in this subject area. The primary determining factor for acceptance onto this programme is desire and commitment, and while some previous knowledge is desirable, the most important factor is this positive mindset as without this it will be difficult to sustain the intensity required for successful completion.
- Be aged 19+
- Have the right to live and work in the UK
- Agree to provide mandatory personal data and supplementary information on their employment outcomes for up to 8 months following completion of the Skills Bootcamp
- Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role which utilises the skills acquired through their Skills Bootcamp
- employed/self-employed, or
- career changers/returners/redeployed, or
- unemployed within the last 12 months
What will I learn
Introduction to Computing & Creative Industries
Ideation and Creative Problem Solving
Digital Identity & Storytelling
Image, Motion, Sound, Graphics and Code
Smartphone & Web apps
Upon completion of this bootcamp participants will be able to:
- Apply computing to creativity in spheres such as arts, entertainment and games, mobile applications, multimedia, web design and other interactive systems
- Demonstrate experience of project work and application of creative computing to solving creative industry challenges or requirements.
- Understand practices of digital identity & storytelling with use of images, motion, sounds.
- Apply concepts to web and app experience design
- Succeed with job applications – getting an interview and recognising different interview styles.
- Demonstrate an improvement in personal or soft skills through individual and group exercise work.
- Achieve an employment outcome in creative computing.
Visit this course
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.