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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Graphic Design

If you're creative, have artistic flair and enjoy using the latest computer software, our graphic design course could be the perfect match for you.

Graphic designers communicate in a visual way and you could find yourself doing anything from designing fonts and typefaces, to manipulating photographs, investigating advertising or studying 2D animation.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and offers a one-year, 90-credit diploma route or a two-year, level 3 extended diploma route.

What will I study?

During this course, you will focus on developing and harnessing skills that will enable you to become a graphic design specialist.

You will study such areas of design as:

  • Typeface design
  • Magazine layout
  • User interface/app prototyping
  • 2D animation
  • Digital and traditional illustration
  • Branding and logo design

You will be taught by specialist staff to use industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects.

The course involves a varied mix of digital and traditional artwork that will help to develop both your drawing and software skills as well as your visual awareness and compositional skills.

Enrichment and employability opportunities on the course include working on cross-curricular projects within the computing and creative industries department, 'live' competition briefs and presentations from artists relating to subject specialisms.

How is it assessed?

You will create work for a range of practical assignments and projects that will be assessed internally and/or externally. Tutors will provide ongoing feedback designed to help you improve across a steady learning curve.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and preferably an art based subject.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed this course, you may choose to continue studying at degree level with BA (Hons) Graphic Design at University Centre St Helens, accredited by University of Chester.

Alternatively, you may decide to apply for graphic design degrees at universities around the country. Some of our previous graduates have secured places at University of Salford, Ravensbourne, Liverpool John Moores University and University of Central Lancashire.