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MEDIA PRODUCTION & GAMES, ANIMATION & VFX

Are you a film buff, an avid gamer or feel the calling to channel your creativity into a career?

You're in the right place.

Games, Animation & VFX

Yep, it's true. You can turn your love for gaming into a career, and a pretty awesome one at that. Combining creativity with technical skills and passion is the key to succeeding in this competitive industry. The Games Animation and VFX Industry has a current estimated annual value of 270 billion (2019). You can inform your parents that there are many jobs in this sector- and they are pretty exciting too. With a rapidly evolving industry combining art with technology, we are guiding you the next generation to further develop our future. With the use of 2D Art and Design fundamentals, 3D development Tools such as 3D Studio Max, Blender and Industry Leading Zbrush we are developing assets for use in multiple industries such as Architectural and Product Visualisation, Games, Film and Television. With New and Evolving Programs Like Unity and Unreal we are Creators of Media and Games on many platforms such as AR, VR, Mobile, PC and the Big Screens of course.

As well as your qualification, employers are looking for people who can demonstrate a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the industry and the unknown.

Join us for a learning adventure that includes Lions, Tigers and Bears and the odd Alien Spaceship.

Media Production

From Hollywood to Milton Keynes, media production companies are all over the world and offer some of the most sought-after careers. The idea of working in the media sounds pretty glamorous, but it's also a lot of hard work. Organisation, a keen eye for detail, and the ability to think outside of the box are essential to succeed in this competitive industry.

Whether you're interested in ground-breaking documentaries, artistic short films, or breaking news, all areas of the media require a similar skill set, and the ability to adapt under pressure.

This is no regular 9-5 desk job. Whether you're working on a feature film, a news broadcast, or a television studio, you're going to be up and about getting involved in lots of different projects. This may include travel or unsociable hours, but it's all part of the experience. You will never be bored in this industry, there is always something new to learn, skills to develop, and stories to tell.

There's no doubt that film, television, and the media in general influence everything from politics, to what we wear, to how we feel about each other as people and as a society. Being a part of it is a big responsibility but offers limitless opportunities and a truly exciting career.

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Once you've completed your course and beat the final boss (also known as Final Major Project), here's what you could do next.

Undergraduate Study

A degree in a relevant subject will come in handy when you're applying for roles. You could study Computer Science Art, Games Design, or Interactive Media to name a few. But you don’t have to venture far, Milton Keynes College has a range of undergraduate level qualifications for those progressing.

Employment

A lot of Games Designers start out as Quality Assurance Testers, making sure apps and games are functioning properly, and reporting any bugs. You could also look for an internship or junior games developer role.

Freelance Work

You'd be surprised at the industries that require games created. From marketing to education purposes, you could start a freelance service creating HTML games or even animated videos to help you build your portfolio.

The Games industry is fiercely competitive, it is essential that you have a portfolio showcasing your skills and experience to make sure you get noticed - this will be a focus throughout this course. This will enable you to go onto roles such as:

  • Games Developer
  • Programmer
  • 3D Artist
  • Content Designer
  • Concept Artist

So many more!

What about the sequel?

The great news is that there are so many options for young people who want to join the media industry.

The top companies such as the BBC and ITV have apprenticeships and trainee schemes, but it's essential you have a great portfolio to show off, regardless of the role you're applying for. Here are a few of your options for once you've completed your Level 3:

Employment

Most people in the industry start out as a runner or in an entry-level assistant role and work their way up with experience and new skills.

Undergraduate Study

You could study for a degree in your chosen specialism, whether that's Communications or Journalism, Media and Television, or Multimedia Studies. But you don’t have to venture far, Milton Keynes College has a range of undergraduate level qualifications for those progressing.

Traineeship/Internship

Grow your contacts and your experience by shadowing someone whose already on the job and get to grips with the skills and behaviours required.

What kind of career could I have?

  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Film/TV Editor
  • Camera Operator
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Project Manager
  • Sound Technician
  • Television Floor Manager
  • Communications Specialist

What kind of projects will I work on?

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Intermediate or Advanced?

You may have seen our courses split up into Intermediate and Advanced. Here's the lowdown on what they mean...

Intermediate

This level of study is equivalent to Level 1 & 2.

This will offer you a dedicated support system to prepare you for progression. You will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in your chosen specialism, encouraged by your tutors and peers. Your experiences will enable you to decide what you want to do next, whether it’s an apprenticeship or an Advanced (Level 3) study programme at College, you will discover the wide range of options open to you.

Advanced

This level of study is equivalent to Level 3.

Put your passion for your chosen subject into action with a variety of work experience opportunities. You’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test by taking on work experience in your chosen industry, getting an insight into what life in that career will be like. You’ll develop your learning at College, taking full advantage of our industry-standard facilities. Professionalism is a must for advanced programmes, as you will be making contacts and opening doors for yourself which could lead to something extraordinary.

Higher

This level of study is equivalent to Level 4, 5 & 6, and is only for people who have already completed an Advanced (Level 3) qualification (BTEC or A Level or equivalent).

Take your career to the next step with undergraduate qualifications, from HNCs to BA Degrees. Focus on your specialism, developing advanced technical, practical and research skills to prepare you for a fulfilling and successful career. With expert lecturers, small class sizes and access to facilities mirroring industry, get ready to become an expert in your chosen field.