GM Higher, Greater Manchester Higher, Widening participation, Social mobility, Outreach

Aiming Higher Together

Discover Tech

The Sharp Project, Hopwood Hall College

Event date/s: On request
Event start/end time: 0930-1500
Delivery method: Other
Audience: Learners
Target Age Groups: Y9, Y10, Y11
Type of activity: Visit Day, Workshop
Topic of activity: Other
Booking type: Schools
Booking instructions: Please contact Sam Wade, GM Higher Outreach Officer, via the contact details provided.


This full day event sees learners enjoy a Games Development HE subject taster at Hopwood Hall College in the morning, before moving on to the Sharp Project digital industries complex in the afternoon, where they will receive a tour of the facilities and enjoy an industry-focused workshop (please note the AM/PM split may be reversed where necessary, with no effect on the overall running time). Learners and staff will need to bring a packed lunch in most cases.


Subject taster: Learners will interact with relevant technology to understand the underpinning factors of Games Development and Creative Media, giving them an insight into this HE option. Learners will enjoy an overview of software used and its importance to the video game production pipeline, with a brief example of student work being exhibited. This continues with the creation of a 3D Asset, texturing the Asset, rendering the asset, and creating a studio lighting scene within 3DS Max. Learners can take the file home and print off their render, and a similar asset will be 3D printed during the session. There will also be a model Critique and Q&A session.


The Sharp Project: The Sharp Project is home to over 60 digital entrepreneurs and production companies specialising in digital content. It is based in a 200,000 sq. ft. refurbished warehouse previously occupied by electronics company Sharp. Here learners will enjoy one of the following workshops: Digital and Virtual Reality Forensics; Augmented Reality and VR in the Classroom; Coding; Freelance Photography; Logo and Branding Design. Please contact Sam Wade via the details provided to discuss the choice of industry workshops.


25 places are available per day.


Telephone: 07918 721566


Hopwood Hall College, Rochdale Campus; The Sharp Project, Newton Heath