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Welcome to the Digital Technologies department


What’s it all about?

Digital media is everywhere these days, you can watch films on your phone and listen to the radio on the TV, and technology is endlessly evolving. Who knows what will come next? In order for things to keep developing, we need more technicians, more developers, more programmers, more animators, more film-makers, and more people to run these media channels.

Is it for me?

If you're the first person called when there's a technical issue with your mum's laptop, the wireless has gone at home, or even when you've got to help out your nan because she's decided to join the 21st century, you may find one of our IT courses of use. If you have a knack for all things technical, and want to understand the wider context of how technology is important in the business world, come and learn a bit more from people who really know their stuff.

Maybe you're mad about movies, TV or video games. All of these things are so important in society, and have a massive impact on people's lives. If you want to learn more about media, and start to pursue a career in one of the areas, our media and games courses can teach you all you need to know about special equipment, software, techniques and general skills needed in your chosen discipline.  

You will be taught in our state-of-the-art media hub, including our high-quality TV studio with green screen, post-production gallery and Apple Mac suites.

If you’re looking to tap into the gaming world, join us in looking at concepts behind games design with the opportunity to take on a work placement with the likes of Ubisoft, get involved with pre-release games testing and have a go at creating your own, from concept to testing.

What will I do?

Ever wanted to learn how to create your own game, animation or visual effects? Want to learn how to create your own software or computer programme? We offer a variety of pathways that can teach you all of that and a whole lot more. With the way the industry is changing, all of these skills are important and sought after by employers. You must be dedicated, flexible, eager to learn and ready to grab every opportunity that comes your way. 

Work experience is an essential part of your study programme, meaning you will have first hand experience of your chosen discipline, understanding what different roles there are and how everyone collaborates to create the final product. 

Media courses cover projects such as making short films, learning how to use different software, editing, and much more. You will learn to work creatively and practically in groups, and how to take on different roles in the media.

If you've ever wanted to have a go at creating your own game, our courses will take you from concept and artwork design, to coding and publishing.

You’ll be taught in a variety of ways and be given the opportunity to expand your knowledge through “live projects” commissioned in-house from different college departments, and from external companies, such as live studio-based TV shows, IT development projects or games production companies.

What can I do next?

The great thing about  technical qualifications is that the skills you gain and experiences you have are very transferable, leaving your options of what to do next wide open. You could go on to continue your education with a HNC/HND/University course or an alternative Higher Education option in any related field, such as Games Development, Computing or Media Production.

You could seek out an apprenticeship or an internship at somewhere like a software development company, or maybe a working film studio.

You could also step straight into a role, using the experience and skills you have gained to kick start your career.

Industry Links

Milton Keynes College is partnered with Movey Ltd. Movey has an in-depth knowledge of life at MK College, having worked on film productions for a number of high profile events and campaigns, including the Festival in the City showcase and Students of the Year celebration in 2015.
A team of students are hand-picked, having demonstrated the ability and appetite for a career in film production.  The selected media students from the College work on real-life, commercial video productions, under the tutelage and guidance of Movey’s experienced team.

Have you considered an Apprenticeship?

The need for digital skills is continuously growing, and there are different ways of training the next generation of tech-wizards. An apprenticeship is a fantastic pathway if you want to earn while you learn, and also gain a qualification. Take a look at what it's like to be an apprentice at Mirus IT. 

 

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Computing, Media and Information Technology

Full Time
Access to HE Diploma: Computer Science - 04/09/2018
 
Course Code: A564-1/1 Start Date: 04/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 £, 19-23 £3384.00,
24+ £3384.00, Overseas £3384.00
Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • This is a one year full-time programme that will allow you to fit study around your family, home and work commitments
  • You will cover a variety of units to give you a taste of the IT profession, including Computer Systems, Software Development, Networking, Cyber Security, Website and Database Development
  • Your loan fees will be written off if you progress to a Higher Education course
  • Gain a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, accepted by colleges and universities all over England and Wales
Computing - Level 3 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: 0007P-1/2 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £8583.00,
24+ £8583.00, Overseas £8583.00
Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include

 

  • You will gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations
  • The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for employment
  • We will also help you develop the behaviours and attributes needed to progress and succeed in higher education and in work
  • Find out about progression opportunities, including apprenticeships
  • Choose units 
Digital Creative Skills (Media & Games Design Pathway) - Level 2 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: 2055P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • Use industry standard equipment in our TV studio
  • Extend your knowledge with live briefs commissioned by employers
  • Get first-hand experience of work place life with visits to live studio-based TV shows and Expos
  • Learn from staff with extensive industry experience
  • Learn how to use industry standard software, including editing using Macs
  • Gain an underpinning knowledge of the sector
  • Learn technical skills in editing, sound, animation and expert software
Digital Technical Skills (IT & Games Development Pathway) - Level 2 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: 0003P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • Learn in a practical and work-related way
  • Opportunities to develop skills in both hardware and software including web and graphics
  • Gain a broad understanding of the technical field of computing to prepare for further study
  • Learn to use and install industry standard computer software
  • Gain business skills used in the IT industry
Digital Technologies - Level 1 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: A016P-1/1 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • The opportunity to go on a work experience placement and experience life in the industry first hand
  • Gain an overall perspective of digital technologies and figure out where your interests and skills lie within the sector
  • Find out where a career in digital technologies could take you and what opportunities you could have
Games, Animation & Visual Effects (Digital Media & Games Pathway) - Level 3 - 03/09/2018
 
Course Code: 0011P-1/2 Start Date: 03/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £7395.00,
24+ £7395.00, Overseas £7395.00
Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • Industry standard equipment and state of the art TV Studio
  • Lecturing staff with extensive industry experience
  • Additional opportunities to extend your knowledge through ‘live projects’ commissioned by employers
  • Visits; for example to live studio-based TV shows and Expos
Web Design and Social Media for e-Commerce - Level 3 - 10/09/2018
 
Course Code: A578P-1/2 Start Date: 10/09/2018 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: 16-18 £, 19-23 £5421.00,
24+ £5421.00, Overseas £5421.00
Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • This programme is specifically designed to provide a pathway to employment or apprenticeship in the web and social media industry with Students studying for three days per week in College and attending work placements for two days per week**
  • The Students on this course will have access to Enhanced Work Placements of over 350 hours in the first year**
  • This Study programme offer a unique opportunity to Study an A Level equivalent qualification whilst gaining valuable experiences and insight into the industry and world of work
  • The wider Study programme will develop skills for success and offer personalised enhancement opportunities to gain additional knowledge and skills

**subject to availability and suitability

Computing, Media and Information Technology

Part Time
CISCO CCNA 1 - Introduction to Networking - Various
 
Course Code: A570-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Silbury Campus
Highlights Include

Access online materials, which will be supported by both optional and mandatory hands-on workshops supported by CCNA certified instructors

  • This is an industry recognised course with industry standard certification on achievement of the exam 
  • Learn alongside like-minded people
  • Gain an industry-recognised qualification with Industry Standard Certification
CISCO CCNA 2 - Routing & Switching Essentials - Various
 
Course Code: A571-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Silbury Campus
Highlights Include

Access online materials, which will be supported by both optional and mandatory hands-on workshops supported by CCNA certified instructors

  • This is an industry recognised course with industry standard certification on achievement of the exam 
  • Learn alongside like-minded people
  • Gain an industry recognised qualification
  • This unit covers the fundamentals of routing and switching data, the use of network monitoring tools, and switching and routing protocols
CISCO CCNA 3 - Scaling Networks - Various
 
Course Code: A572-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Silbury Campus
Highlights Include
  • Access online materials, which will be supported by both optional and mandatory hands-on workshops supported by CCNA certified instructors
  • This is an industry recognised course with industry standard certification on achievement of the exam 
  • Learn alongside like-minded people
  • Learn about the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks
CISCO CCNA 4 - Connecting Networks - Various
 
Course Code: A573-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Silbury Campus
Highlights Include
  • Access online learning materials, which will be supported by both optional and mandatory hands-on workshops supported by CCNA certified instructors
  • This is an industry recognised course with Industry Standard Certification upon passing
  • Learn alongside like-minded people
  • Focus on the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applicatios in a complex network
CISCO IT Essentials - Various
 
Course Code: A566-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £150.00 Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • Online learning materials will be supported by both optional and mandatory hands-on workshops supported by CISCO certified instructors
  • Access to CISCO online learning platform including student forums
  • Industry recognised course with a certificate of completion
CISCO Network Essentials - Various
 
Course Code: A567-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £150.00 Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • ?Online learning materials will be supported by both optional and mandatory hands-on workshops supported by CISCO certified instructors
  • Access to CISCO online learning platform, including student forums
  • Gain an industry recognised course with a certificate of completion
COMPTIA A+ - Various
 
Course Code: A568-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • ?Access online learning materials which will be supported by both optional and mandatory hands-on workshops supported by CISCO certified Instructors 
  • Access to CISCO online learning platforms, including student forums
  • Gain an industry recognised qualification
CompTia Network+ - Various
 
Course Code: A569-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Chaffron Way Campus
Highlights Include
  • Online materials will be supported by both optional and mandatory hands-on workshops supported by CompTIA certified instructors
  • Access CompTIA online learning resources
  • Gain an industry recognised qualification 
  • Learn alongside like-minded people