Course Info

Level 3 Graphic Design

Course content & format

  ●  100% achievement and 100% high grades

  ●  APLS Value Added Outstanding

  ●  Close links with university courses, ideal for progression within the creative industries.

  ●  Live client briefs to prepare you for the world of work

Are you a creative person with a passion for design? Do you want to learn and do more? On this course you will gain a huge range of skills, abilities and understanding as you complete design projects such as illustration, animation, logo design, promotional campaigns, album artwork, website and app design, packaging, fashion, magazines and more. Competitions and live briefs are also used to give you a genuine experience of professional design practice.

This two year Graphic Design course is in depth and creatively challenging, giving you the opportunity to explore all aspects of design, learn the tricks of the trade and practice a range of creative techniques, processes and ideas. You will complete a mix of challenging projects as you analyse the work of others and develop various skills and creative outcomes. Example design work include online and social media content, logos, illustration and animation, photography, posters, t-shirts, book and magazine designs, typography, web and app designs and lots more.

The course is designed to give you the breadth and depth of skills and experiences needed to progress either to university, a creative apprenticeship or go straight into employment, ready to hit the ground running. You will learn how to use software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Animate and more, giving you the competitive edge needed to succeed. You will also develop graphic skills using traditional art materials and techniques as you draw, paint, craft and create a broad range of 2D and 3D outcomes. All this will allow you to generate a huge body of work and create a portfolio tailored to your progression goals.

Outside of your lessons there are opportunities to continue to achieve and succeed by taking advantage of the creative facilities in the college. iMacs are in communal areas and cameras, graphics tablets and more are available for loan and we have a large library with a huge selection of art and design books. You will also take part in the department’s Creative Jam where you will gain skills and experiences from other creative courses. This will further develop you as a well-equipped creative professional with a range of skills from across the creative industries. You will also meet students from other courses and groups and work collaboratively as you develop your communication and presentation skills.

You will be working within a professional design studio atmosphere and supported by dedicated subject specialist teaching staff with industry experience that will encourage you to develop all-round skills and fulfil your own creative potential. We have 6 digital rooms equipped with the latest creative industry software as well as art, photography and media studios.

Following successful completion of this 2 year course you will receive a Level 3 qualification in Graphic Design and up to 168 UCAS points. The course is also recognised by employers and apprenticeship schemes.

Your unique experience

If you dream of a career in the creative industries and want to gain the skills needed as you produce a portfolio of amazing creative work, this is for you.

You can expect to experience, develop and master a huge range of skills and techniques as you respond to a wide range of creative challenges in a stimulating and responsive environment. This course is designed to give you the experiences needed to become an all-round designer or specialise in your chosen area as you develop your own style.

You will be involved in the department’s Creative Jam where you will work on projects in collaboration with learners from different subject areas. This experience will help you to develop as a well-equipped creative individual, with a cross section of skills to give you strengths in the wider area of the Creative & Digital Arts. The college regularly organises exciting trips to enrich learning and project work. Last year many learners took part in visits to Berlin and Paris as well as excursions to Museums and art galleries in Manchester and the North West.

Entry Qualifications

You are required to have 4 GCSE’s grade 9 to 4 including maths and/or English.

A creative/art GCSE is preferred but a demonstrable interest in graphic design, art, photography, design technology, IT or similar is also accepted.

A successful interview with a graphic design tutor where you will be expected to bring a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills and creativity.

Good verbal and written communication skills.

Good drawing and/or digital skills are a bonus.

How is this course assessed?

100% Coursework.

On this course you will receive project briefs that will introduce you to a scenario, question or creative challenge to solve. This will take you on a creative journey that could require you to produce responses to creative work, digital artwork and designs, skills logs, mixed media outcomes, 3D work, animations, analysis, written work, experimental pieces, presentations and much more.

All of this will be supported through specialist skills-building workshops, group and one-to-one discussions, tutorials, virtual learning environments, clear guidance, personal feedback and pastoral work. Staff in this area pride themselves on their ability to work with each individual learner to realise their creative potential.

What can I do next?

  ●  A range of degree level creative courses at University, including graphic design, photography, architecture, animation and illustration, games design, etc.

  ●  An Apprenticeship or Degree Level Apprenticeship within the creative industries.

  ●  Employment within the creative industry, including graphic design, social media, web design and content creation, art worker, marketing, packaging, image retoucher, creative arts, etc.


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