Creative & Digital Media

Have you ever watched a perfectly executed film scene or played a hyper-realistic computer game and thought, “I want to do that?”

It doesn’t have to be a dream – you can gain the Creative and Digital Media skills you need to achieve your ambitions right here at The Manchester College – the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement*.

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  • The creative and digital media sector is incredibly diverse – there are so many opportunities open to you if you have the talent, ability and drive to succeed.

    If you receive the grades, you could join our Industry Excellence Academy for Creative and Digital Media. You’ll study a qualification co-developed with industry partners such as Pie Analysis, Creative Cow or Flow Creative and complete an industry placement of at least 15 days.

    Alternatively, you'll join our Centre of Excellence for Creative and Digital Media is designed to help you kick-start your journey into any one of those many opportunities in this exciting industry.

    We have courses for all levels and abilities from Entry Level through to Level 3 and can teach you everything from 3D animation and visual effects to graphic design, TV and film production.

    You’ll put those new skills into practice, by working on live briefs set by broadcasters, games studios, digital agencies and international advertising firms.

    Work experience is crucial in this competitive industry. Luckily, we have close ties to the sector, so you’ll benefit from work placements in your chosen field, as well as networking opportunities, trips out and visits from local employers.

    If you love competitive gaming and eSports, we've even launched two brand new courses designed for you to learn all about the skills needed to start a career in this amazing industry; Level 2 eSports Gaming in the Digital Business World and Level 3 Practical and Professional eSports Skills in the Digital Gaming World.

  • We demand a lot from our tutors. It’s not enough for them to be great teachers – they also need to have creativity, technical skills, relevant qualifications and industry experience.

    Get to know some of our tutors:

    Carol Whitworth - Assistant Principal

    Carol has been Assistant Principal for Creative and Digital Media since January 2017, and has been with the College for almost two decades. She has a degree in Software Development and an MSc in Digital Learning. Carol strives to ensure our Creative and Digital Media courses are the most relevant, up-to-date and industry-focused in Manchester.

    Ben Elson - Tutor

    With a solid background in games art and development, Ben is well-placed to teach students a range of skills, including 3D modelling and animation, VFX, and games development. He also volunteers with WorldSkillsUK and runs the Graphic Design competition on behalf of the College and Ideas Foundation.

    Katy Rushton - Tutor

    Katy specialises in animation. She previously worked for animation company Mackinnon and Saunders, and still collaborates with other local employers to ensure her teaching is industry relevant. Through Katy’s links to the sector, her students are able to gain vital work experience and benefit from other opportunities to engage with potential employers.

    Conor Hanifian - Tutor

    Connor has studied both media production and wildlife documentary film making, attaining a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in these areas. He’s a skilled filmmaker and has a wealth of acting experience. Connor’s style of teaching allows learners to showcase their creativity and talent.

  • While we’re building our brand new, £93 million campus in the heart of Manchester, you can study Creative and Digital Media at our NichollsNorthenden and Shena Simon campus.

    At each campus you’ll have access to fully-equipped computer suites, where you’ll find all the latest software and state-of-the-art technology for 3D modelling, design, development and editing.

    But that’s not all. You’ll also have the opportunity to practise in our very own on-site recording rooms, and film and TV studios. You’ll have all the industry-standard equipment that you need, including professional DSLR cameras, green screens, and specialist lighting and sound equipment. We’ve even got a full-service production vehicle for use on location!

    We are dedicated to giving our students the best experience, using the latest Game Engine and 3D software to create amazing games and visual effects. Our courses host a real studio working environment, supported by an array of high spec game development PCs, 3D printers, virtual reality technology and composition suite, giving students the freedom to create what they need to develop an industry standard portfolio of work. 

    From September 2022, our Industry Excellence Academy for Creative and Digital Industries will be based at our state-of-the-art city centre campus, with four brand new Mac suites running state of the art industry software.

    Our in-house Click Studio, where students work on real life projects for non-profit organisations, will have its own dedicated space, which will also be used as an Employer Hub and an Innovation Lab so that all students can experience new technologies. 

    Explore our amazing new facilities

  • Find out even more about our Creative and Digital Media department in our subject area guide or on our YouTube playlist:

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  • We’ve got you!

    Get the career you want in Creative and Digital Media at The Manchester College.

    View our range of Creative and Digital Media courses and apply to study at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester online today!

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Top Careers Opportunities

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Audio engineer

Average salary: £36k

Film/ TV producer

Average salary: £42k

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Average salary: £45k

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Graphic designer

Average salary: £50k

I got a lot out of my course but I also put a lot in. If you want to explore your subject, the college is a good place to be. My tutors were very hands-on and pushed me to do well. They really cared about what they were doing.

Faith Holgate • Foundation Degree in Photography and Digital Imaging (Contemporary Photographic Practices)

With this college you get as many opportunities as you seek out; show the staff you're interested and you'll reap the rewards.

Georgia Debney • BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Creative Media Production (Film & TV)

In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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