What's it all about?

This fast-paced industry is a massive growth area. Our region has some of the most innovative and exciting technology companies in the UK and we can help you be part of the digital revolution! You could specialise in coding, 3D modelling, concept art,animation or visual effects.

Who is it for?

For a successful career in the animation, games design and VFX sector you will need to have a strong grasp of a wide range of skills and talents. It goes without saying that you should have great creativity and imagination! You should be able to express your ideas and be a logical problem-solver too. You also need to be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, and know where technology is heading. Most importantly you need to be able to work well in a team as most projects in this industry involve working with others.

Games development at Sunderland College

Who we work with

We work with the following employers to help you gain real work skills:Bluezoo, Microsoft, DNEG, Rebellion, Creative Assembly, Centriod.


of our digital students progressed to employment or further study.*

*Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (FT FE 16-18 students)

NextGen specialists

Sunderland College is one of only a few colleges in the UK to offer NextGen qualifications.

Have you seen our excellent facilities?

We have some of the best facilities for animation, animation, games design and VFX students including:

  • Specialist development studios.

  • Foundation motion capture equipment.

  • Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality labs.

  • Autodesk’s Media and Entertainment Collection including 3DS Max and Maya.

  • Access to industry-standard game engines such as Unity and Unreal.

  • Adobe’s Creative Cloud including Photoshop and After Effects.

Expert and friendly support