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Top 10 Unique Courses in Leeds

By November 26, 2019 Features-Leeds
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Whether you’re dreaming of flying or decorating sponge cakes, learners of all ages and abilities can discover something new, weird and wonderful, with JLife’s top 10 unique courses in Leeds.

Games Art, BA | Leeds Beckett |

Immerse yourself in the creative production of art for video games, in a course developed by industry giants, Team17 and Rockstar Leeds. Apply the fundamentals of design theory to game art media using specialist software such as ZBrush, 3ds Max and Substance Painter. You’ll be invited to annual events such as Games Republic and London’s Vertex 2D/3D art conference and enjoy guest lectures by leading practitioners such as Disney Animator Aaron Blaise. Games Art is definitely one of Leeds’ most unique courses, and if video games are your passion, it’s sure to be rewarding.

Zoology MBiol, BSc | University of Leeds |

In a climate of global ecological challenges, this course offers practical skills to help you address vital real-world issues. Understand how animals interact with their environment and how we can avoid damaging the wildlife of the world. The integrated master’s degree offers an additional year of specialist training, where you’ll get the chance to study savannah conservation in Kenya.

Multi-Skills Football Course| Leeds College of Building |

Want to develop your footie skills while studying? Students can combine playing football every Wednesday in the ESFA College league, train every Monday under a qualified UEFA B coach at Goals Soccer Centre, gain a qualification in trade skills and become a Level 1 football coach, all in one year.

Ian Bevitt Directing Workshop | Yorkshire Academy of Film and Television Acting |

This interactive workshop on 8th March, led by Ian Bevitt, director of Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street, will provide valuable insight into the work of a TV director as well as guidance in how to apply these skills in the industry.

Glass Fusing & Stained Glass | Swarthmore Education Centre |

From leaded lights, glass suncatchers to mosaic jewellery, discover how to create your own pieces of stained and fused glass. Whether you’re looking to market your products at craft fairs or simply decorate your home, learn the basics of cold and warm glass processes, including cutting and grinding, copper foiling, leading, painting, enamelling, acid etching and engraving.

Very Rare Port & Cheese Tasting | Yorkshire Wine School |

This tasting experience will explore a range of cheeses from crumbly cheddars to salty blues from local specialist, George and Joseph, matching them with different styles of port, including a caramel-like aged tawny port to a vintage port over 30 years old – many of which are hard to find outside of specialist wine merchants and are often exceptionally expensive.

Comic & Concept Art, BA | Leeds Arts University |

Develop your strengths as a comic book designer, exploring areas from concept art in the film industry, to the commercial comic and graphical novel scenes, as you learn how to storyboard, illustrate and perfect traditional and digital studio print processes. Alongside studio visits and guest industry speakers, there are opportunities for collaboration with professional practitioners which have included Thought Bubble, Europe’s leading comic art festival based in Harrogate.

Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies and Management, BEng| University of Leeds |

Always dreamed of flying a Boeing 747? You’ll benefit from the training facilities and expertise of a professional flying school as you undertake 10 hours of flight training, achieve the Civil Aviation Authority ground exam requirements for the Private Pilot’s Licence while learning how to manage and finance activities in the aviation industry.

Film Music Summer School | Leeds College of Music |

Learn about the art and science involved in scoring music for the movies with this five-day course focused on composition, orchestration, musical awareness and production. Studies in the conceptualisation of music for the moving image is complemented by practical composition sessions in Apple Mac labs. The final day of the summer school lets you showcase your work on the big screen and receive feedback from the experts.

Introduction to Cake Decorating | Leeds City College |

Aspiring bakers can get started with cake decorating with this introductory 10-week course. You’ll create your own designs, learning how to coat a cake, develop piping skills using scrolls and shell techniques and understand the use of colour in producing confections to a professional standard.

If you’ve taken a break from education, and you’re wondering whether or not to pursue it, check out our article on adult education!

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