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Welcome to Manchester Creative Studio

Welcome to Manchester Creative Studio


Do you want to be a Graphic Designer, Animator or Illustrator?

Ever wanted to build links in the Film and Media Industries?

Have you ever fancied learning more on how computer games are designed?

 . . . then Manchester Creative Studio is the place for you!


MCS is a Studio School specifically designed to ensure students graduate with the specific skillset enabling you to: 


  • Enter employment with an industry partner 
  • Start your own business 
  • Work with industry on placements in your chosen career
  • Link with national and international companies
  • Be part of a unique and creative 6th form centred on you and your goals
  • Secure apprenticeships 
  • Have a guaranteed interview with our Higher Education partners


At MCS we have a specialist Industry link who is able to bring real life projects into the classroom.

You could find yourself working with and presenting your ideas to the BBC, Warburtons, Amaze, Code Computer Love, Reason Digital and many more!


Manchester Creative Studio is the place for all creative young people looking for that first step in the creative industries.

About us


Manchester Creative Studio was developed by a team of Educationalists, Social Entrepreneurs and local employers as a reaction to the increasing gap between the needs of school leavers in the 21st Century and the outcomes traditional schools provide. We are designed to nurture local talent and support them in to high calibre and high earning careers in the creative and digital industries.



We are committed to ensure that Manchester Creative Studio feels like a place of employment. As a part of our offer, businesses are commissioned to host work placements and contribute substantially to curriculum design and delivery through delivering masterclasses and setting live project briefs. Our offer is more akin to that experienced in world class workplaces rather than a traditional school setting. What makes Manchester Creative Studio unique is not just what we deliver, but how we also deliver it.


Facilities available



Manchester Creative Studio is located in a converted warehouse and designed to replicate the offices of a leading creative business.  After undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment our facilities are unique for a school.  Come and see it to believe it!  We have:


·             Modern classroom design

·             Interactive whiteboards and smart screens

·             Small class sizes of no more than 20

·             One-to-one coaching sessions

·             Inspirational exhibition space

·             State of the art digital technology

·             Suites of Imacs and Macbooks including a great 3D printer!

·             Media suite including photographic and recording equipment

·             Access to industry standard software including the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite

·             A whole host of gaming and animation packages


Additional support



Manchester Creative Studio has been developed in partnership with leading employers in Manchester’s creative and digital industries, a sector which is growing at twice the rate of the national economy and has a shortage of skilled employees. At MCS students are supported by our industry partners across our curriculum. 


Having close relationships with industry partners means we are able to create a real time syllabus, keeping up to date with current trends, new technologies and even obstacles faced in the industry.  We move with the industry so that our students are fully prepared with the skills they need for a career in the creative and digital industries.


Here’s what the Ideas Foundation had to say about working with MCS and our students:


Ideas Foundation and premier agency WCRS are delighted to be working with Manchester Creative Studio on our 'live' I Am Creative campaign brief for Warburton's, one of the North's most iconic brandsThe quality of the work produced by the students in a few short weeks has been exceptional, showing a depth of understanding of current industrial practice that is both rare and special at this level.” 

Deborah Davidson, Ideas Foundation, NW Programme Manager


If you are interested in becoming an industry partner, or in working with us to develop the industry-led education programme at Manchester Creative Studio, take a look at how you can get involved, we would love to hear from you.


Learner success

Michael, 17
L3, Games Design & Animation

“Since joining MCStudio to study Games Design & Animation I haven’t looked back! In just one year I have learned lots of techniques and software such as After Effects and InDesign so that I have now started to create 3D environments for short films and animations. Next year I hope to hone these skills whilst working alongside MCStudio’s employer partners.”

Salihah, 18
L3, Art & Design – Graphics

“I always had a passion for art and I joined MCStudio because this course offered me the chance to build a professional standard portfolio by experimenting with different art styles and digital techniques, all while gaining tips and advice from industry professionals who work with the college. I left with D*, D, D and I’m now off to university to study BA Graphic Design & Illustration!”

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Manchester Creative Studio directly.

Last updated date: 26 April 2018
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