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Art And Design - Graphic Design - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at Milton Keynes College

Course description

Do you have a real interest in graphic design? Are you creative and fascinated by the world around you? Then this course could be for you.

It will introduce you to an exciting variety of graphics materials, techniques and new technology applications, develop your contextual understanding, research and problem solving skills, critical awareness and time management abilities.

Course content

  • Visual language
  • Research skills
  • Contextual studies
  • 2D/3D/ Time-based problem solving
  • Graphics materials, techniques and processes
  • *Illustration
    *Adobe Suite
    *Camera Skills
    *Image manipulation
  • Functional skills / GCSE qualifications*.


*These are designed to provide the necessary levels of English and maths skills needed to ‘function’ in today’s society and workplace. They are a key component of all College study programmes. If you do not have a grade C or above for maths its is compulsory for you to complete Functional Skill / GCSE maths as part of the study programme.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 12 points including 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to include GCSE English. Equivalent qualifications in a relevant discipline will be accepted with GCSE English at grade C or above or equivalent.

To progress to Year 2 you will be expected to achieve the UAL L3 Diploma in Year 1.

Applicants will be required bring a portfolio of Art & Design work to your interview.

Mature candidates will be considered on an individual basis.


You will be continually assessed throughout the course through set project work and a self-initiated final major project. Functional Skills are assessed by on-line exams and you will be given guidance and support to achieve these.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of this course you can progress onto a range of Higher Education opportunities including:

  • ABC L3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media
  • HNC/D Photography
  • HNC/D Graphic Design
  • HNC/D Media
  • BA (Hons)
  • An Apprenticeship


The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma is currently worth 420 UCAS points.

Alternatively you can enter employment in roles such as:

  • Freelance graphic designer
  • Junior designer
  • Commercial designer
  • Illustrator
  • Web designer
  • Desktop publisher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Milton Keynes College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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