2014/15 Review: Creative and Digital Industries
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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*).
- A group of 12 Y10 CDI students took part in a Microsoft TouchDevelop workshop at Sheffield Hallam University’s Games Britannia 2015 Event, where they learnt how to programme games in a web browser.
- 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/ .