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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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Digital Technologies

Full Time
Course Code: COMPUTING Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Chaffron Way Campus
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There is no denying that we live in a digital world. Phones, tablets, laptops – we can even send messages from our wristwatches. It comes as no surprise that career opportunities have been hugely enhanced by this, with digital advancements having a huge impact on every sector. Technical skills are highly sought after. Research shows that there is a shortage of digital skills for digital jobs in the UK market with a large percentage of companies suffering technical skills gaps.

This course is available at levels: 2, 3

Course Code: GAMES Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Chaffron Way Campus
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Alongside Japan and the USA, people in Britain are the biggest consumers of video games in the world. In fact, there are around 36.4 million gamers in the UK. The UK industry is worth almost £4.5 billion and sales for games were greater than the video and music markets in 2016. There are a huge variety of talent and skills that contribute to the industry. Illustration, games design, coding and visual effects are just a few examples of career pathways available in this sector. Technology has never been more sophisticated, and with constant innovation and advancement, there is a real need for talented individuals with the right skills to keep the industry on top.

Course Code: MEDIA Start Date: 02/09/2019 Study Mode: Full-Time Fees: N/A Location: Chaffron Way Campus
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In the last few years there has been a 24% rise in jobs in this sector, due to the demand for more and more TV, film and digital content. Careers in this sector can cover anything from camera operators, to animators, to directors. The opportunity for progression is huge, with TV and film being one of the most globally dominating industries. The UK film sector contributes approximately £1.3bn to the economy, and has the third largest consumer market worldwide for filmed entertainment.

This course is available at levels: 2, 3

Digital Technologies

Part Time
Course Code: A570-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Silbury Campus
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This shiny new course is awaiting all the finer details, this should be available online within the next week but please call our admissions team on 01908 684551 or email admissions@mkcollege.ac.uk for more information in the meantime.
Course Code: A571-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Silbury Campus
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This shiny new course is awaiting all the finer details, this should be available online within the next week but please call our admissions team on 01908 684551 or email admissions@mkcollege.ac.uk for more information in the meantime.
Course Code: A572-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Silbury Campus
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This shiny new course is awaiting all the finer details, this should be available online within the next week but please call our admissions team on 01908 684551 or email admissions@mkcollege.ac.uk for more information in the meantime.
Course Code: A573-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Silbury Campus
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Course Code: A566-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £150.00 Location: Chaffron Way Campus
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This shiny new course is awaiting all the finer details, this should be available online within the next week but please call our admissions team on 01908 684551 or email admissions@mkcollege.ac.uk for more information in the meantime.
Course Code: A567-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £150.00 Location: Chaffron Way Campus
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This shiny new course is awaiting all the finer details, this should be available online within the next week but please call our admissions team on 01908 684551 or email admissions@mkcollege.ac.uk for more information in the meantime.
Course Code: A568-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Chaffron Way Campus
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This shiny new course is awaiting all the finer details, this should be available online within the next week but please call our admissions team on 01908 684551 or email admissions@mkcollege.ac.uk for more information in the meantime.
Course Code: A569-1/2 Start Date: Various Study Mode: Part-Time, Flexible, 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: £300.00 Location: Chaffron Way Campus
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This shiny new course is awaiting all the finer details, this should be available online within the next week but please call our admissions team on 01908 684551 or email admissions@mkcollege.ac.uk for more information in the meantime.