Creative Computing Bootcamp

Our Creative Computing Bootcamp provides the necessary skills to gain employment using computing within the creative industries and practices.

In just 12 weeks, you'll be provided with the necessary skills to gain employment using computing within the creative industries and practices. This includes using digital technology to aid creativity with applications in arts, entertainment and games, mobile applications, multimedia, web design and other interactive systems.

The course will focus on web, smartphone and web apps as an example of the practical applications for creative computing. You'll cover:

  • Introduction to computing and the creative industries
  • Ideation and creative problem solving
  • Digital identity and storytelling
  • Web development
  • Experience design
  • Image, motion, sound, graphics and code
  • Smartphone and web apps
  • Personal and professional skills
  • Employment support including techniques for job applications and mock interviews.

Take a look at the full schedule for more details (.pdf).

In addition to highly experienced lecturers, you'll also benefit from guest speakers, group exercises, and a blended delivery model to provide maximum flexibility for other commitments.

This course will be taught mainly online but due to the hands on nature of some elements we will be hosting two in-person teaching weekends at Bath Spa University. Dates will be confirmed to you following a successful application.

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

The next available start date for this bootcamp is 1 November 2021 - 4 February 2022 (including a two week break over the Christmas period). There are a limited amount of spaces and demand is expected to be high, so please register immediately to maximise your chances of being accepted onto this programme.

FAQs

Who can apply?

This bootcamp is for adults impacted by the pandemic, seeking to upskill and reskill, leading to a career in digital technology. The specific focus of this course is creative computing which is highly relevant in the South West’s creative economy.

You must:

  • 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 eight months following completion of the bootcamp
  • Be looking for a new role, new opportunities or increased responsibility/promotion to a different role that utilises the skills acquired through this bootcamp.
  • Live in the south west region (includes Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset – see map below)

Be either:

  • Employed/self-employed, or
  • Career changers/returners/redeployed, or
  • Unemployed within the last 12 months.

A map of the south west of England

Why should I apply?

Working directly with local employers you'll be supported with clear pathways to employment as well as gaining core employability skills.

Are there any pre-requisites?

All applicants should have aspirations for a career in the creative industries using digital technology.

While some previous knowledge is desirable, the most important factor is a positive mindset, desire and commitment, as without this it will be difficult to sustain the intensity required for successful completion.

I've submitted my enquiry form - what happens next?

If you meet the basic eligibility criteria for this bootcamp we will invite you to complete a second stage application form. A member of our team will then contact you to conduct a short phone interview to discuss your objectives and ensure your suitability for this course. We want to ensure all participants have a maximum chance of completing this programme with an employment outcome.

How much will it cost me?

All Creative Computing Bootcamps are funded by the Department for Education and therefore there is no charge.

Please note: Where learners are being sent on training by their employer, the employer will need to pay 30% of the total learner fee. Employers should speak directly to the delivery partner to understand the fee structure.

What will I learn?

You'll learn about:

  • Introduction to computing and creative industries
  • Ideation and creative problem solving
  • Digital identity and storytelling
  • Web development
  • Experience design
  • Image, motion, sound, graphics and code
  • Smartphone and web apps.

Upon completion of this bootcamp, you'll 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 and storytelling with the 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.

How will the teaching be delivered?

You'll be taught through a combination of face to face and online teaching to provide maximum flexibility and the opportunity for participants to combine learning with other life commitments. 

Due to the intense nature of this course and the need to deliver a lot of the employability skills in person, there is a requirement for face to face 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.

How has this bootcamp been designed/created with employer input?

We've worked with our established employer partnership comprising of individual businesses and representative bodies like the Chambers of Commerce, to ensure this course meets the needs of a broad range of SME’s and larger employers. Our content has been validated with a subset of employers prior to delivery to ensure alignment with skills demand.

How are employers involved in the delivery?

Employers were involved in an initial consultation on the design and content of this course and feature throughout a number of weeks of teaching. Employers have provided 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?

Throughout the bootcamp, you'll develop your employability and soft skills based on proven methods for CV writing, interview techniques and personal statement creation. You'll also gain knowledge of techniques in confidence, resiliency, communication and problem-solving.

In addition to traditional classroom-based learning delivery, you'll be provided with opportunities for these skills to be practiced and displayed throughout. We encourage mentorship through alumni, and college and university staff.

How does the in-person teaching element work?

We will host you at our campus in Bath, and teaching will take place on the Saturday and Sunday over two weekends during your bootcamp. Accommodation will be provided to those who are not within daily travelling distance. More detail will be provided if your application is successful.

Contact us

If you have any queries please contact external@bathspa.ac.uk.

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