Course Info

Level 3 Graphic Design

Course content & format

· 100% achievement and 100% high grades

· OneGrade Value Added Outstanding

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

· Live client and competition briefs to prepare you for the world of work

Are you a creative person with a passion for design and its power to speak to an audience? You will learn how to use visual communication (still, moving and interactive text and imagery) to sell, promote or influence an audience into consuming a product, service or idea across a range of platforms. You are going to combine creativity with practical problem-solving.

This two-year Graphic Design course is in depth and creatively challenging, giving you the opportunity to explore all aspects of visual communication and design, practicing 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.

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 a wide range of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications 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, 3D and 4D 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. Cameras, sound recorders, graphics tablets and more are available for loan and we have two libraries with a huge selection of art and design books. As a project-based, practical course, you will need to spend the same amount of time on self-directed work as you do in your timetabled sessions.

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. Our digital studios are equipped with the latest creative industry software and you will have access to art, photography and media studios.

Following successful completion of this 2-year course you will receive an Extended Diploma in Art and Design Practice - 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 & Performing 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.

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 (traditional and digital). You will also be given an enrolment task to complete before the start of the course. Good verbal and written communication skills. In addition, you will be expected to complete an enrolment exercise prior to your first timetabled session.

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 will require you to follow a clear design process - research, generate ideas, experiment/test, produce, present and review.

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, UX/UI, animation and illustration, games design, photography etc.

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

· Employment within the creative industry, including graphic design, social media content production, web design and content creation, marketing, photography etc.


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