BTEC Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 – Graphic Design

Key Course Information

Level 3 Discount available

About the course – an overview

The Level 3 Diploma in Graphic Design incorporates twelve challenging and exciting units of project-based work that lead to a substantial portfolio of skills to take to interview for further education or to employment application. This Graphic Design course is taught over three days per week for one year and includes workshops and group tutorials. From the thumbnail sketch through to high quality finished artwork; students are encouraged to develop responsive and original solutions to sets of design issues. All projects and briefs are taught within the context of professional practice and reinforced with visits to galleries and design studios. Communication skills, energy and commitment are essential qualities needed to achieve on this challenging intensive course. Applicants will need to bring examples of their work to interview.

What will I learn?
You will benefit from the study of a wide range of Graphic Design activities including typography, poster design, publication design and design for packaging. You will also develop drawing, conceptual and visual communication skills. This course is taught both using traditional and computer design techniques. Having a basic knowledge of at least one of the Adobe CC design applications i.e. Photoshop, InDesign and/or Illustrator is necessary, as they are not taught formally on the course. We work on Mac computers in the studio.

Entry requirements

If you are 17–19 on year of entry:
You must have a BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design with at least M grade (predicted or achieved) or an AS level qualification in Art and Design with a C or above grade.  You should bring to interview a portfolio of work and sketchbooks showing development of your ideas.
If you are age 19 and above:
You will need to bring examples of your art and design work to the interview. If you have not previously studied art and design you will need to show that you have produced a range of work independently – this could include drawings, photographs and design work. It will be beneficial if you can demonstrate the development of your ideas in a sketchbook. 

If you fall into the 19 and above age group and are unable to demonstrate work is this way you may still enquire about the course and you will be given a project that will enable us to place you on a course that is suitable for your ability.  You must also complete a personal statement to support your reasons for applying. If you are applying online you may email this to the Graphic Design course director Gillian Fielden (see email below). If you are submitting a paper application you should attach this to you application form.
Please note as this is a one year intensive course it is not suitable for students aged 16 on year of entry.  If you will be 16 in September you should apply for our full time level 2 course.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed, based on completion of project work that covers the units specified by BTEC. You will be given a grade for your work as you progress and a final grade at the end of the course.

What’s next?

You will gain a BTEC Level 3 Diploma which is the equivalent of 2 A levels and will enable you to make a University application for BA(Hons) or FdA in subjects related to Graphic Design. If you wish to try to find employment or an apprenticeship you will leave with a portfolio of work to show employers.

For further information on the Graphic Design course:

Email: Gillian Fielden



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