If you are a creative individual with a passion for games, then this could be the industry for you. With employment soaring in the digital technology there hasn't been a better time to start you career!

You will be based in MC Digital, our technical digital school and learn in our purpose-built games design and creative media studios which are equipped with industry- standard media production software and hardware.

As one of the first colleges to be awarded Next Gen status, and the only in the Tees Valley NextGen, we collaborate with industry experts to make sure our vocational qualification for young people are up to date and relevant.

We pride ourselves on offering innovative, practical based courses, using top of the range equipment, strong industry links and a professional skilled team of lectures.

Middlesbrough College is also proud to offer elite level gaming! As part of your programme, you may be selected to take part and become part of our MC Esports Academy.

Students will be selected to take the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Esports in addition to their full time programme. The course will be studied across 2 years, so you will finish your programme with the equivalent of 4 A Levels! 

View the latest Labour Market Information by sector to see the average salary and projected job growth for your dream career!

Labour Market Information

Career Choices

The North East is home to a growing number of employers in sectors including games development.

Over the past three years, the area has seen the highest number of new technology start-ups in the games industry outside of London, with jobs in Middlesbrough in digital technology growing by 19.5% in 2016-17!

In October 2019 the Mayor of Middlesbrough has launched a £250 million Digital City development, creating an estimate of more than 2,000 creative digital jobs. 

MC Progression Pathways

Potential careers upon completion of one of our Games Design courses include: 

3D Modeller | Junior Game Programmer | Level Artist or Designer | Game Designer (Junior) | Technical Artist | 2D/3D Animator | Concept Artist | User Interface | User Experience Designer | Special Effects Artist (Films) | Computer Games Tester | Junior Producer | Esport Producer | 3D Artist 

Career in Games Design & Media



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Why study with us?

  1. Games design students have access to the latest 3D design packages and game engines, as well as virtual reality games testing labs

  2. Our employer-led qualifications have been developed by companies including Blue Zoo, Double Negative, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

  3. With a range of courses and levels to choose from, students can go on to progress in a range of exciting, challenging and prosperous careers

  4. Dedicated, friendly, supportive and approachable professional staff

  5. A range of industry led workshops and briefs across the year delivered by professionals currently in the industry

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I often find that I tend to work better later in the day, and it helped that the College gives you the ability to work independently, so I could really get stuck in and explore what interests me most.
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The variety of modules we study during the course has allowed me to broaden my skill set, which is great for my future and for my portfolio.
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It’s great that we have the opportunities to work with some of the experts in the industry and get hands-on experience.
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Middlesbrough College Alumni
My course has prepared me well for University and I have found that I am covering some of the same topics in my degree which has given me a head start.
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George Staborn showing his 3d model
I know that I am learning skills that will help me to progress in the industry. I definitely wouldn't be at the level I am at now without the excellent teaching and experience provided to me through my course.
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