Computing and Media - Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Computing and Media

Interested in computing and media?

Why choose us?

The world of careers is continuously changing which makes it difficult to decide which course is best for you that will lead to the right career path. In North Wales, the creative Industries are growing and are becoming stronger. As technology continues to evolve, there is more demand for people with the right skills to understand and improve it. The Computing and Media department offer a wide range of courses, including degree courses, which can provide the skills that employers are searching for both locally and around the world.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is also flexible when it comes to learners:

  • Study Locally
  • Part-time or full-time
  • Also available are short courses and worked-based learning apprenticeships
  • Courses available from beginner's level 1 all the way up to degree level 6
  • Llandrillo College Successful Completion for last year was 86.4%
  • Students Say: "Awesome course! Great people and tutors."

Creative Media

Are you interested in pursuing a career in media production?

Our courses are designed to prepare you for the media industry by developing the skills that employers are looking for. This means you will be learning practical skills as well as testing your creativity. You will learn how to communicate your ideas and then turn them into reality by taking part in a variety of projects and workshops as well as visits to media related organisations.

The college has excellent facilities available to students such as a production studio, a recording studio, a multimedia lab and industry software. The class size remains small in order to increase time spent with experienced tutors who will help you to achieve your media goals.

Pursuing a career path in Media can lead to a dynamic and creative career, here are some examples of what you could go on to do:

  • Broadcast Researchers contribute to ideas for programmes and collect information for productions. They are the fact checkers and organisers of briefs for presenters. Basic researchers tend to start at around £20,000 per year which then goes up to £30,000-£35,000 per year.
  • Programme Producers oversee projects in film, television and video. They are involved in every stage of the project, also gaining funding and ensuring the project sticks to budget. Salaries can start from £18,000 for assistant producers and then go up to £40,000-£50,000 with experience.
  • Video Editors work closely with the producers and directors to prepare the video for the final version of the project. Salaries range from £25,000-£30,000.
  • Production Managers manage the production budget, ensure the production runs smoothly, schedules shoots and negotiates hire of crew and equipment. Average salaries are around £30,000 per year.

Which level is right for me?

3D Animation and Games Development

Are you interested in the more creative side of things?

Computer games are now a multi-billion pound industry around the world. The animation and games development courses prepare you for the fast-paced IT, gaming and new media industries. There is a focus on 3D design and games development but the skills gained are applicable to a wide variety of careers. Our courses give a firm understanding of the core areas of computer games development such as 3D modelling, animation, programming and user interface design. During the course you will learn how to develop your career as well as gaining technical expertise in order to prepare you for the computer gaming industry by building your own games and being given the chance to enter various competitions.

BTEC Games Development Level 3 - 14/15:

  • 84.2% Successful completion
  • 89% achieved their target grade
  • 67% exceeding their target grade
  • 78% of learners progress on to Higher Education
Students Say:

"Awesome course! Great people and tutors."

"The course is organised and there are many ways to get help if I have any issues."

"I am very satisfied with the quality of the course and enjoy learning at the college."

"I am very impressed with the range of jobs on offer after my course and the tutors have helped me choose a specific career path I want to take."

Job Opportunities:
  • Games Developers create designs or concepts for games and storyboards for games and use 2D, 3D and animation software to develop ideas. Typical starting salaries are around £20,000 which then goes up to £35,000-£50,000 with experience. Senior developers and technical directors can earn up to £70,000+.
  • 3D Modellers create characters and environments for virtual domains based on concept art mainly for the use of video games and animated films. These 3D models are then used by the animators to create movement. Salaries start from around £17,000 per year and then go up to £30,000-£50,000 per year with experience.
  • Animators produce images called frames which create animations which can feature in motion pictures, games, television and the internet. Entry salaries for animators start from £12,000-£15,000 and then rise to £26,000 with experience. Very experienced animators can earn within range of £36,000+.

Which level is right for me?

IT, Programming and Software Development

Are you interested in the more technical side of things?

There is a growing demand for skilled professionals in programming and developing. Our software and programming courses teach you about the development of computer programmes, you will learn the process of program creation from the initial problems all the way to finding a final solution. You will develop skills in a number of IT areas such as programming language and application development.

There are excellent facilities available to our students such as the multimedia, networking and hardware rooms. Whilst studying with us you will be able to explore different areas of your interest as well as gaining a firm understanding of computing and employability skills.

You will also learn three unexpected skills needed in programming:

  • Solving: Do you enjoy solving problems? The ability to work out what is needed step by step is crucial to creating a good program.
  • Team Working: Stereotypes of programmers are loners sitting alone in a basement typing away, but this couldn't be further from the truth- most programmers work in teams with other skillsets.
  • Creative Thinking: IT systems are fairly complex so programmers often have to think creatively to design a solution to the problem.

Software Development Level 3 - 2014/5:

  • 91.7% Successful Completion
  • 75% achieved or exceeded their target grade
  • 80% progressed onto higher education or apprenticeships
Students Say:

"The course is interesting and we are always learning new things. There is a high level of practical work on the course rather than loads of theory."

"The lessons are very well structured. Understanding and very helpful tutors."

"Tutors are friendly and approachable. Work is set out clearly. I feel I will always receive help when I need it."

After finishing the course there are a wide range of jobs within the IT industry:
  • Programmers use both design and computing to create digital media. Programmers are involved in various parts of the creation of an application such as the initial analysis, testing and debugging. Many companies are looking for programmers worldwide in a range of different programming languages. Starting salaries in the UK tend to be between £20,000 and £25,000, rising with experience.
  • Business Analysts work with key staff to develop solutions for the needs of the business. Starting salaries are around £30,000 to £40,000.
  • Software Developers write the code that tells the computer what tasks to complete. There is a high future demand for software developers in the North Wales area. Graduate salaries average around £20,000 a year and then goes up once you are established, typically rising to £30,000-£40,000 per year. Senior developers can earn over £50,000 per year.
  • Project Management is an option once you have a few years of experience. You might like to progress onto project management where you take responsibility for your own team of programmers. Starting salaries here tend to be £40,000 to £50,000.
  • Web Designers plan and create web pages to fit with their client's requirements. They decide how the website will look and also how it will work. Designers must also ensure that the pages are accessible through different platforms, such as mobile phones. Starting salaries range from £18,000-£24,000 and then can rise up to £40,000 with more experience.

Which level is right for me?

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