Digital Media and Games Design at Derby College

Careers in media are fast-paced and dynamic. The worlds of radio, TV, film and games development are always changing, constantly challenging and highly rewarding.

Is this you?

  • Good communicator
  • Enjoy being creative
  • Like to explore new ideas and ways of doing things
  • Work well under pressure
  • Can think on your feet
  • Confident and outgoing
  • Work well in a team and listen to others

Getting into film, TV and games development

  • Full time at CollegeThere is a range of media-related courses offered at Derby College. These include courses in Media Production (TV and Film) and Computer Games Development.
  • Higher educationFor more senior jobs – such as a TV production manager or a games programmer, designer or artist – you usually need a degree, HND or HNC. You can study full time or part time alongside a job. Possible higher education courses might include Media (Film Production), Film, Television and Radio Studies, Experimental Film Production, Computer Games Design, Games Concept Design, and Advertising and Brand Management. It’s always helpful to get some work experience in your chosen area as well as gaining qualifications.
  • Jobs You might be able to get straight into a media or games development job, but competition in this industry is fierce. However, if you have talent, enthusiasm and dedication, you can work your way up! Think about trying to get work experience or doing some voluntary work as a starting point. The training given in this industry is broad based. You can usually move from one job to another. You will also learn transferable skills, such as team work and communication, which will be useful in any career role.
  • Why choose Derby College?

    • You’ll unlock your creativity in our newly expanded Joseph Wright Campus featuring superb studios and industry standard equipment.
    • There’s a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere on campus: you’ll be studying alongside other creative Students in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter.
    • Practical projects are central to your studies. You’ll benefit from hands-on experience in everything from animation to sound, film editing to TV advertising production, music videos to concept art for computer games.
    • Our experienced staff will give you vital insights into industry practice, helping you become a multi-skilled creative professional who can work across many media platforms.
    • We work closely with creative businesses and universities locally, regionally and nationally to give you exciting study and career opportunities.
    • Our courses include fascinating study trips, guest speakers from relevant professions and ‘live’ projects in the wider community. You could take part in game design competitions or even go overseas for work experience.

Ingenuity, originality, versatility, technical know-how and an ability to excel under pressure – at Derby College you’ll gain all the skills and qualities you need to thrill your audience and make an impact in the media world.


Derby College Course Listings - Games Design and Esports


FT Certificate in Creative Media Skills - Level 2: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Computer Games Development: Design - Level 3: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Creative Digital Games Production Level 2: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Extended Certificate in Creative Media Skills - Level 2: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Extended Certificate in Digital Multimedia Skills - Level 2 : Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Level 2 Certificate in Esports : Site Joseph Wright Centre

PT Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Digital Marketing : Site Other

FT Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Esports: Site Joseph Wright Centre

PT Schools 14-16 – BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT UAL- Level 3 Creative Digital Multi Media: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT UAL- Level 3 Creative Media: Moving Image and Audio Production: Site Joseph Wright Centre

Full Time Courses Full Time Courses Part Time Courses Part Time Courses

Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

You might also be interested in ...

When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Art and Design, Music or ICT are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

Maths & English

Find out how Maths and English can benefit you.

James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.

His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.

With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.

It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot.

I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.

Did you Know?

  • The film, TV and games industries employ over 80,000 people in the UK
  • 60% of the creative and cultural workforce is educated to degree level
  • £1 of advertising spend generates £6 for the economy
  • The UK games industry is the largest in Europe
  • Nearly 250 films were produced or part produced in the UK in 2012

Recent Vacancies

Video editor
£18,000 per year starting salary.
Preparing image and sound ready for broadcast

Computer games developer
£25,000–£30,000 per year.
Producing games for PCs, mobiles and the Internet

Head games programmer
£30,000–£50,000 per year.
Leading the creative team in a games studio

TV or film production manager
Variable salary.
Taking care of the business, financial and recruitment side of a project

Site Information

Joseph Wright Centre

Courses in this area are run at our Joseph Wright City Centre campus. About Joseph Wright Centre »

Useful Websites
Information from the sector skills council about the creative media industries
Information from the sector skills council about the creative and cultural sector
Information about arts groups and events in Derbyshire


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