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 Graphic Design 90 Credit and Extended Diploma Level 3

Subject areas: Art and Design; Graphic Design; Media (Film)

If you are passionate about Graphic Design, and enjoy working in a creative, exciting environment, then this course is for you.

You will work within our fully functional Graphic Design Studio, including access to iMacs with industry technology and Creative Art Studio spaces. You will generate personalised projects relating to topics that interest you, and engage with local businesses to work on 'real world' projects. You will learn how to construct advertising campaigns, logos, digital design concepts, graphic novels, print production and core graphic concepts.

Your lecturers all have a working knowledge of the Media industry and are still actively involved in the business outside of the College, resulting in accurate, up to date knowledge being share in lectures.

The 90 Credit Diploma is completed in one year. This can be a standalone qualification that is equivalent to 3 AS Levels.

The Extended Diploma is completed in the second year and is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. This will allow successful progression to any 'first choice' university course internationally.
You will study a combination of units over the two years.

90 Credit Diploma - 1 year
9 units, including 4 core units looking at Graphic Design techniques, processes and communication. You will then have specialist units studying advertising, logo construction, branding, narrative image making, digital manipulation and typography.

Extended Diploma -  2 years
17 units, 8 units build on the knowledge gained from the 90 credit, building towards individual specialisms dependent on your interest/pathway. This course will culminate with a final major project and exhibition.

You will have bespoke iMac suite to complete your Graphic Design work, and use of an art studio. In broader terms, you will also have access to a television studio, 2 additional iMac suites, photography studio and darkroom, and a creative art suite.

You will also be using industry standard software.

Work experience will be sourced with local employers to give you real world experiences that relate to the creative sector. You are supported in identifying organisations for your placements, or can generate these from your own contacts.

The department regularly visit the Harry Potter studios looking at creative design, with an overnight visit to Liverpool to research Graphic Design practice from industry, both contemporary and historical. We have regular course related Museum visits, and take part in numerous 'team building' excursions.

Guest speakers from the industry are also used to show the link between course content and current practice.
5 GCSEs at grade C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) or a Merit on Level 2 Diploma course, and a portfolio of work.

If you are concerned about the above entry requirements an alternative course available is the Level 2 in either Creative Media Production or Art and Design as a pathway to progress.
This course is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost the following:

Year 1, 90 Credit Diploma Level 3 - £5421
Year 2, Extended Diploma Level 3 - £3162

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £21,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.
This course will take you 1-2 years to complete. You will study at College for 3/4 days a week, plus 10 hours a week of independent study.
Quick info:
3 Level 3
1/2 1/2 Years

Extra info

You will be assessed through practical tasks (70%), which will be underpinned with theory (30%) to give you a broad grounding in Graphic Design.
Successful completion of this course can lead to continuing your education at University in such course as Graphic Design, Art and Design, and Media; Employment within a wide range of job roles such as Animator, Architect, App Developer, Cartoonist, Concept Artist, Illustrator, Interior Design, Interface Designer, Logo and Sign Designer, Motion Graphics Designer, Packaging Designer, Printmaker, Production Designer, Product Designer, Storyboard Artist, Textile Designer, Typographer, Web Designer; you can also progess on to a Graphic Design Apprenticeship linked to employment; opportunities in teaching are also available.
Additional costs will include the following:
Trips - £30-45 approx
Kit - £100 approx.

You may be eligible for financial assistance through the College's Bursary scheme and Be Brilliant Foundation. Please visit Students > Financial Assistance for more information.
You can apply for this course by applying online, by filling out an application form from the College’s Course Guide, or you can contact the Information Officers on 01205 313218 who will send you an application form in the post.

Every effort has been made to ensure our course information is accurate throughout the website. However changes can occur to the days, times, fees and other information about our courses throughout the year, but we endeavour to update any changes to information as soon as we can.