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Graphic Design BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is about developing your skills and understanding as a Graphic Designer. It is intended for the student who wants to specialise in this area. It will involve working on your techniques in drawing, illustration, typography and other media, including computer-based and traditional printmaking. There is a strong practical emphasis throughout, and assignments will often be related to the world of work and the commercial context. The course is the equivalent of one A level, and you should take other subjects to make up a complete programme, with the possibility of taking an extra Art subject at AS or A level, or other subjects, to broaden your experience.

Course content

Unit 1 Visual recording - is about the development of drawing skills and the use of drawing as an exploratory tool. The use of primary sources and working from direct observation will form an essential part. Learners will be made aware of the importance of being able to work from observation and expressing creative ideas.

Unit 2 Materials, techniques and processes - enables learners to explore, experiment with and understand the use of specialist materials, techniques and processes within Graphic Design. They should demonstrate their skills and understanding in both the developmental work and the production of finished work.

Unit 3 Ideas and concepts - introduces learners to the skills used to develop and express ideas and concepts. It involves both group work and the generation of individual ideas. It includes study of the context in which the ideas must ‘work’. Learners will learn how to select and apply their ideas in practical Graphical outcomes

Unit 4 Communication through Art & Design- students will apply an understanding of practical image-making by focusing on different approaches. They should consider how the elements of drawing can be used in different media to put across an intended message.

Specialist Units - you will study a further two specialist graphic Design units selected to meet the needs of the class, from a list that includes: Type and letter forms; Typographical design; words and images in graphic design; Information graphics; graphic image making.

Entry requirements

To start a BTEC Level 3 Diploma you need to meet the general college entry requirements. In addition you should have GCSE Art grade C OR BTEC Art & Design Level 2 Diploma at merit or above and GCSE English grade D. A passion and interest for Art & design is essential.

The College provides some of the basic materials that you will require for this course. However, you will need to purchase an art kit with all the essentials you will need to work in lessons and at home.

Future opportunities

Many students at the College choose to pursue the study of Art & Design at a higher level; there are two main pathways available:, Art Diploma (Foundation) or Direct Entry into Higher Education.

The course is Ideal for those students who are certain of their career destination can apply through this route. The course also provides skills that can be transferable into creative industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years