Creative Computing Skills Bootcamp

Skills Bootcamp in Creative Computing: UI/UX Design

Short course

    Want to retrain for a career in web or app design and development? Our Skills Bootcamp in Creative Computing gives you the skills you need.

    During this 12-week free online short course, you'll get the skills needed to get a job in tech industries and creative computing. You'll learn how to use digital technology to aid the development of applications, and product management in arts, entertainment, games, mobile applications, multimedia, and user interface (UI)/user experience (UX) design.

    You must be aged 19+ and live in the South West region to apply. You can complete one Skills Bootcamp funded by the Department for Education per financial year.

    “The course had great lecturers who were engaging, friendly, helpful and encouraged us to ask questions. There was something new to learn every session and I found out that coding and learning how to code isn’t as daunting as I originally thought.”

    Busayo Agbetuyi, Student, Skills Bootcamp in Creative Computing
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    What you'll learn

    Course overview

    You’ll develop skills to embark on a career within the creative industries including learning about:

    • User Interface (UI)/ User Experience (UX) design
    • App and web development
    • Product management
    • Project management
    • Presenting and pitching

    While focusing on the above, you'll work on group and individual projects. You'll produce a portfolio of prototypes to demonstrate to employers your practical skills in creative computing gained in the 12 weeks.

    Course structure

    You'll learn about:

    • An introduction to design thinking
    • Agile project management techniques, such as sprint methodology
    • Ideation and creative problem solving
    • Digital identity and storytelling
    • Coding tools for web development and app development
    • User experience (UX) design
    • How to use prototyping tools
    • Personal and professional skills, including presentations and pitching
    • Employment support including techniques for job applications and mock interviews.

    Tuesday sessions will be drop-in support and project sessions, and Thursday will focus on web development each week. 

    What job-specific skills will I learn?

    Upon completion of this Skills Bootcamp, you'll be able to:

    • Apply computing to creativity in spheres such as the 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 and sound
    • Apply concepts to web and app experience design
    • Write compelling job applications, get an interview and recognise different interview styles
    • Demonstrate improvement in personal or soft skills through individual and group exercise work
    • Achieve an employment outcome in creative computing.

    How will I be taught?

    You'll be taught by highly experienced lecturers and also benefit from guest speakers, group exercises, and online learning to ensure that you can fit the course around your other commitments.

    In addition to classroom-based learning, you'll also be provided with opportunities for these skills to be practiced and displayed throughout. All teaching is online. In the final week, there will be one in-person session to allow you to carry out a presentation.

    It's important to note that you're expected to spend a number of hours outside of teaching on independent study to support your learning. You'll be supported by your lecturers during your independent studying.

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for

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

    Eligibility requirements

    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 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)

    Cost

    Our Skills Bootcamp in Creative Computing is funded by the Department for Education (DfE), and therefore is free. You can complete one Skills Bootcamp.

    If you're being sent for training by your employer, your employer will need to pay 30% of the total fees. If this is the case please contact us at skillsbootcamps@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Dates and times

    The next courses start on:

    • 12 September 2022 for 12 weeks, Monday-Wednesday 9am-1pm and Thursday 9am-4pm
    • 9 January 2023 for 12 weeks, times TBC

    Please note that whilst these are the current confirmed dates, they are subject to change.

    Places are offered on a first come first serve basis. To have the best chance of securing a place, please apply as soon as possible. Applications close two weeks prior to the start date or once full.

    How to apply

    1. Complete the first stage eligibility form
    2. If you meet the basic eligibility criteria for this Skills Bootcamp we'll invite you to complete a second stage application form
    3. A member of our team will then have a quick phone call with you to discuss your objectives and ensure your suitability for this course
    4. If you are suitable for the course our team will contact you a couple of days after your phone call to offer you a place on the course
    5. Once you accept the offer, you are enrolled. You'll recieve more details about the course before the start date.

    We are experiencing a high number of applicants for this course and our team will be in contact with you as soon as they can. 

    Contact us

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

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