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Welcome to the Creative & Digital Arts Department

What’s it all about?

Taking a course in the arts is by no means the "lighter option". Diving headfirst into the industry requires hard work, passion and determination. With our courses awarded by the prestigious University of the Arts London (UAL), you will gain a qualification accredited by a world-renowned University. Whether you're interested in fine art, animation, fashion design, photography or moving image, there's a course for all areas of interest with excellent support and progression routes.

The Arts Department promotes a dynamic and innovative environment, providing a wide range of courses for all levels of ability and aspiration in the heart of Milton Keynes. If you bring the mindset and right attitude to succeed, we'll bring you access to the latest industry-standard facilities and teaching of the most up to date trends and developments in the industry.

Taking an arts course will expose you to a variety of artistic approaches, materials, techniques and processes that will prepare you for further study or employment within the art sector.




What will I do?

All arts students are required to work on live briefs in their respective areas, developing new skills and learning how to use different equipment. This also helps prepare you to work in a real life environment or for further study at University, working to tight deadlines and expectations.

Milton Keynes College could take you up to degree level qualifications such as a Higher National Certificate or Diploma (HNC/HND).

At the end of the academic year, your portfolio will be on public display at our end of year show at Middleton Hall, thecentre:mk. Collaboration between artists from different courses is hugely encouraged, for example fine artists studying with fashion designers working on a catwalk show, with photographers standing by to lend a helping hand.

Is it for me?

If you can tell a pointillism piece from a realist piece, know what kind of lighting you need to take a good self portait (ok, technically it's a selfie), or are bored of high street fashion and think you could do it better, then a course in the arts is definitely for you.

The arts offer you a chance to let your individuality shine through. There are no right or wrong answers (apart from maybe a few fashion faux pas) in creativity, with the opportunity to really let loose with the industry standard resources provided by the college.

Our specialist staff are on hand to encourage and inspire your creativity and development, both personally and professionally.

The college holds a vast number of links to Milton Keynes art organisations, with a programme of visiting artists, exhibitions and trips.

Through our contacts we are able to offer work experience and enrichment opportunities in related subject fields. For example, previous students have been able to work alongside Charles Fox London, Harry Potter Studio, Clothes shows, as well as theatres and galleries in Oxford and London.

Creative & Digital Arts

Full Time
Course Code: ARTDES Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

Without the arts, our society would be a pretty boring place. The arts form part of our identity as a society, and contributes to our quality of life. What would life be without colour and creativity? From giant advertising billboards, right down to the artwork on this website, design and creativity is at the forefront of everything we do. Design and imagery are just as important to businesses as the services they offer, and art departments are often responsible for the most successful and impactful campaigns. 

This course is available at Levels: 1, 2, 3, 3/4 (Foundation Diploma). 

Course Code: DIGART Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

The advancement in technology has changed the way we create and view art. From photography and design software, to videography and illustration, the combination of traditional artistic techniques with digital technologies and software has opened up a whole array of career opportunities within the industry. There is a strong emphasis on drawing as a way to plan, develop and create artwork as this is an important skill in industry.

The course is available at Level 2 and offers an introduction to digital image creation through the fields of illustration, graphics, video, media, animation and photography, which you can study at Level 3. 


Course Code: FASHION Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Work in dedicated and inspiring fashion studios
  • Learn a wide variety of different techniques using industry standard materials
  • Hear from guest speakers and visiting designers
  • Visit galleries and museums for inspiration
  • Work on live briefs commissioned in the industry
  • Take part in exhibits and catwalk

    This course is available at Level 3. 
Course Code: GRAPHIC Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

Graphic design is everywhere you look - from your cereal box, to the advert at the bus stop - and the industry is thriving. If you are a creative, visual and practical person, a course in Graphic Design can set you up for a very rewarding career. Graphic Designers use an in-depth understanding of advertising and composition to make sure a product or message really stands out, and you too will have the chance to develop the skills and contextual understanding to succeed in this fast-paced industry.

This course is available at Level 3.


Course Code: PHOTO Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

Photography allows you to combine creativity with technical skills, and specialise in a sector that interests you; from corporate to fashion and editorial to weddings and events. A course in Photography will introduce you to the exciting variety of Digital Arts materials, techniques and new technology applications; plus an insight into the different roles the industry offers. 

This course is available at Level 3. 

Creative & Digital Arts

Part Time
Course Code: A617-1/1 Start Date: 10/01/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Fees: £150.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

You will learn how to remove red eye, blemishes, scratches, etc. using various retouching techniques, Improve image colours and adjust contrast and brightness, Add text and modify type settings in your designs, Cropping images, Use layers Adding text and text effects, Output artwork for web, print or video.

Course Code: A621-1/1 Start Date: 10/01/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Wednesday, 19:00 - 21:00 Fees: £150.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Rules of composition
  • Depth of field
  • Perfect sunsets
  • Shooting in low light
  • Shooting moving objects
  • Long exposure and preparing for print
Course Code: A618-1/1 Start Date: 10/01/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Fees: £150.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include

Week 1: Exploring casting (plaster casting from a clay mould)
Week 2: Exploring casting (alginate casting and vacuum form casting)
Week 3: Exploring modelling and carving (organic, abstract clay forms)
Week 4: Exploring finishes for sculpture (finishes for plaster and clay, including gilding and glazing)
Week 5: Exploring modelling and constructing (mod roc human forms)
Week 6: Exploring modelling and casting (wire portraits)

Course Code: A619-1/1 Start Date: 15/01/2019 Study Mode: Part-Time, Tue, 18:30 - 20:30 Fees: £200.00 Location: Bletchley Campus
Highlights Include
  • Taking measurements  
  • Preparing fabrics  
  • Laying and cutting 
  • Marking 
  • Sewing and basic garment construction skills Pressing and finishing