2014/15 Review: Creative and Digital Industries

11 September 2015

2014/15 Review: Creative and Digital Industries


September 2014

  • We were delighted to welcome a whole new cohort of Creative and Digital Industries (CDI) students in to Year 10 and Year 12, including an increase in the number of girls.


October 2014

  • CDI students attended a presentation at the flagship Electric Works centre for creative and digital businesses to hear from then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the future of the digital industries sector.


November 2014

  • The visiting Moderator for Level 3 Technical work in Media commented that one UTC student’s work was the “best piece of video work I have ever seen.”
  • Sheffield-based games company Mudlark (who designed the Transport for London user app) worked with Y10 CDI students. The students were asked to create a game to support young people Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET).  The students pitched their ideas to the team as a presentation.
  • International games developers Sumo Digital continued to support our Y12 students’ Games Industry unit – in between working for PlayStation and Microsoft.


February to June 2015

  • The South Yorkshire Film Network (SYFN) supported our Y13 students by exhibiting their audio-visual promo work at The Showroom Shorts event.
  • Local sports film firm Steel City Media, who make promos for Red Bull, visited our Y11 students to help them with project work.
  • The CDI team at the UTC trained the Y11 students in HTML5 and JavaScript in line with the UTC’s vision of giving students value-added industry-relevant skills.
  • UTC student Chloe Carlisle gained a place on the British Film Institute (BFI) Academy course, succeeding over many other applicants from other institutions.
  • UTC worked with the television production staff at Sheffield Live! TV on a show called ‘Games Corner’, initially broadcast on 20 March 2015. Y13 students designed all the marketing and logos, and one Y13 student also helped to code the website.
  • In GCSE Computing, the CDI team added a variety of coding and editor tools into lessons. Students were introduced to ‘Cloud 9’ giving them the workspace (powered by open source Ubuntu) to develop their programming skills.
  • The Creative and Digital Media Level 3 external moderation resulted in outstanding outcomes for students with many achieving the highest grades of double distinction star (D*D*).


July 2015


August 2015

  • The pass rate for Digital Media students who took technical qualifications at Level 3 – equivalent to one-and-a-half or two A2 Levels – was 100% this year.


For more on our Creative and Digital curriculum, please visit: https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/curriculum/media/ .