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Computing and IT

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Expert facilities to help develop your skills and understanding when it comes to Computing and IT.

In this day and age, virtually everything we do involves a computer and information technology. Many of us will take this for granted, but many want to understand this fascinating side of modern technology and get to grips with how it all works! We have the best of facilities in place for our computing students to ensure that their learning experience is as effective as possible.

If you are not currently a student but have an interest in studying computing, it will be of great benefit to call in to one of our Open Days. This provides you with the chance to have a look at the facilities and the College as a whole, and have a chat to lecturers or current students.

Skills Building

Website work

Our computing students have built and developed their own website called 404 Found – a valuable resource where students can practice their website development and maintenance skills. It is kept up-to-date with all sorts of information on the computing courses available, events and student work.

Visit the 404 Found website

End of Year Show

At the end of each academic year, computing students hold an end of year show where family, friends and prospective employers can come along and have a look at the work that has been produced throughout the year. Each student is allocated a certain display area in which they can set up their projects. During the show, other students, staff and the public are welcome to have a look at this display.

Competitions

It's important for students to gain experience in high-pressure, skill-based situations - that is why we encourage many of our students to take part in competitions.

World Skills UK Competition

Each year we send our top computing students to the World Skills UK Web Development competition in Glasgow. This national competition starts in April each year, and is designed by industry experts to test the skills of competitors as they contend to win a place in the final.

It’s a fantastic event, and one that encourages students to be ambitious and determined in building their skills. It also gives students the chance to strengthen qualities which are greatly sought after by employers – this includes teamwork, time management, working to deadlines and organisation.

For more information visit the World Skills UK website

Fundraising

This year computing students took part in a Shoebox Appeal, which involved filling a shoebox with toys, toiletries, educational items and household goods. This was then sent to people throughout Eastern Europe, who live in impoverished conditions. For many living there, the shoeboxes would have been the first gift they have ever received. Our students thought this was an invaluable way to communicate that there are people all over the world who care, and want to help. The appeal proved to be a huge success, and is something we will continue to do each year.

Facilities

The expert computing facilities at North East Scotland College allow students to work with a range of hardware and put theory into practice in various workrooms, including our CISCO Labs.

Many of our students will be given the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience by working at our IT Help Zone. which is based in the social area next to Dino’s Cafe in our Aberdeen City Campus - this is where students from all over the College can go for technical assistance and acts as a real, working environment for those studying computing. Student work involves helping other students who have any technical difficulties with personal devices - an excellent way to gain experience and develop student abilities when it comes to computing support and dealing with customers/clients.

IT Help Zone
students working at the IT help zone

If you are having technical problems with your personal device then you should contact the IT Help Zone in the Aberdeen City Campus. The Help Zone is manned by helpful and informative students and... Find out more

Courses

Download the full Computing Pathways chart showing progression from school to university level study in the North East of Scotland:

North East of Scotland Computing Pathways View all Computing and IT courses

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3D Animation

The specialist 3D Computer Animation course is creatively challenging. This is a cross-platform subject area, and will prepare students for further study and employment. Drawing and storyboarding are essential skills for a 3D designer, and both of these fundamental skills are taught on this course alongside 3D software skills in lighting, character modelling and animation, movement studies and video editing.

Those studying 3D Computer Animation will find that this particular field has several employment opportunities due to high demand in most industries, including the oil and gas sector. Those who will enjoy seeing their designs and ideas come to life will thrive in this environment, and will receive ample opportunity to develop essential technical and creative skills and techniques.

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Visual Communication

Visual Communication (Graphic Design & Illustration) is a creative, challenging and expressive education and career path. All industries must be able to successfully visualise their service or product in order to stand out against competition. As a result, there are a wide range of jobs available across many different sectors for those who hold a relevant qualification.

North East Scotland College offer a range of courses in this area – from introductory to advanced level. On successful completion we find that students encounter lots of different options when it comes to progressing towards further study at college or university, or moving directly into employment.

Within this department there is a large emphasis on client work, involving briefings and case studies from external organisations, as well as developing your own individual skills, techniques and approaches. We often host guest speakers from, for example, the Design Institute, Hampton Associates and Fifth Ring. We have also had visits to RGU to explore Degree Link opportunities for HN level students, which involves moving directly in to a degree programme on successful completion of their HN course.

As with the rest of the creative arts faculty, the visual communication and 3D animation team see it as hugely important to showcase student work, providing each individual with the chance to proudly display and discuss their creations.

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