Graphic design is all about visual communication. We see it around us every day in advertising, magazines and books, on posters, billboards, CD covers and websites. The work of a Graphic Designer is evident when a message or an idea needs to be conveyed with words or images, or a combination of both.
This course puts an important emphasis on drawing for research, plenty of experimentation and a broad approach. It includes the study of typography, illustration, photography, branding, advertising, packaging, editorial design, computer-aided and digital design. You will be prepared for the world of work through simulated and live projects, competitions, trips and visiting speakers (funding permitting).
You will normally complete a Level 3 Diploma in year one. Successful completion will allow you to progress to the Extended Diploma in year two, which is equivalent to three A-levels.
Future Career Opportunities:
Successful completion of this course can be a stepping stone to a number of different opportunities including employment at a junior level in advertising agencies, design groups, publishers, computer graphics specialists or type design companies.
The Extended Diploma course consists of eight units in year one and four, more extensive, units in year two, covering skills and competencies such as:
- Developing visual language
- Exploring materials
- Techniques and processes
- Understanding contextual references
- Using visual communication
How you will learn:
- Use specialist studio and computer suites
- Practical demonstrations
- Lectures and workshops
- Research projects
- Use computer graphics and packages as well as traditional techniques
- Develop creative ideas practically
- Use design software
- Use a variety of media, such as photography, digital imaging, drawing and printmaking
- Problem solving and evaluation of skills
As part of this course you will study the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification, find out more here.
As part of this course the following assessment methods will be used:
- Continuous Assessment
- Portfolio of Evidence
- Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and GCSE Maths/Numeracy at grade D or above
- Comprehensive portfolio of art/design/craft work to include observational drawing
- Each application is considered on individual merit
- Entry is subject to interview
Relevant Level 2 qualification with an overall merit/merit grade or above, GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh at grade C or above and preferably GCSE Maths/Numeracy at a grade D or above. A successful decision following progression board and an art/design/craft portfolio are essential.
Many of our courses have specific GCSE grade entry requirements. However, if GCSE English Language and/or Maths at grade C is not a requirement of your course or has not been achieved, you will be expected to attend resit/upskilling classes alongside your main programme. We therefore strongly recommend that, if you are currently sitting GCSE’s, you make every effort to achieve a minimum of grade C in your examinations.
- USB memory sticks or re-writeable CDs to transfer and backup computer work
- Basic art and design equipment
- Design books (hard backed and ring-bound preferable)
- Trips – up to £150
- Equipment for year 1 – approximately £120/year 2 – approximately £150
- Stationery – approximately £30
- Desktop or laptop (PC or Mac) – Phone/tablet/chromebook/iPad not suitable as sole devices
All post 16 learners who undertake this course (Welsh Government funded provision over 40 hours) are required to undertake the WEST (Wales Essential Skill Toolkit) Full Diagnostic Initial Assessment for Communication, Application of Number and Digital Literacy within the first four weeks of their course.
- An element of your programme may be delivered via online learning.
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“It’s a very open and relaxed environment and the briefs allow you to have lots of creative freedom to help you grow. The course was really great for helping me decide what I wanted to do next. We got to explore a variety of different areas within art and design and Hew really helped us to progress.”
Emily, Level 3 Graphics
The course prepares you for higher education such as Degree and Foundation Degree Courses in Graphic Design and related areas as well as employment at a junior level.
If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.