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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.

Computing, Media and Information Technology

Full Time
Computing - Level 3 - 10/09/2018
 
Course Code: 0007P-1/2 Course Dates: 10/09/2018 - 19/06/2020 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-FRI 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £8583.00,
24+ £8583.00, Overseas £8583.00
Site: Chaffron Way
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 – Level 2 (Media & Games Design Pathway) - 10/09/2018
 
Course Code: 2055P-1/1 Course Dates: 10/09/2018 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-FRI 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Chaffron Way
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 – Level 2 (IT & Games Development Pathway) - 10/09/2018
 
Course Code: 0003P-1/1 Course Dates: 10/09/2018 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-FRI 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Chaffron Way
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 - 10/09/2018
 
Course Code: A016P-1/1 Course Dates: 10/09/2018 - 21/06/2019 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-FRI 0:00 - 0:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £2000.00,
24+ £2000.00, Overseas £4000.00
Site: Chaffron Way
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 – Level 3 (Digital Media & Games Pathway) - 10/09/2018
 
Course Code: 0011P-1/2 Course Dates: 10/09/2018 - 19/06/2020 Course Hours: Full-Time, MON-FRI 9:00 - 18:00 Fees: 16-18 N/A, 19-23 £7395.00,
24+ £7395.00, Overseas £7395.00
Site: Chaffron Way
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
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