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Graphic Design Extended Diploma Level 3 Year 1 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This specialist course will give students a broad and creative education in the world of Graphic Design. The course has a reputation for producing innovative and surprising design work by lively and motivated students. Students work on design in traditional and contemporary approaches - For example, using our outstanding Apple Mac facilities with highly qualified staff.


Course content

Students will be educated in rapid design skills, typography, illustration, photography, digital media software, advertising/promotion and web-based design. Students work with both traditional and modern techniques and technologies. Traditional, studio-based techniques such as drawing, darkroom photography, photo-montage and printmaking are delivered to develop raw visual communication skills. Alongside this, students are taught on industry-standard Apple Mac computers by highly skilled professionals. Students also learn to use software such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

See some of the work our students have created on

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

Entry is by interview. Candidates will need either a minimum of four GCSE's at Grade C, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss the course content and requirements during interview and provide a portfolio of work demonstrating their creative ability. Applicants will need to be motivated and reliable. Students will also need to have a mature and responsible outlook, as they will be required to work to a high standard throughout the course.



Successful students will achieve a UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design). This qualification is what universities and employers are looking for.


Future opportunities

Students on this course have a great record of progressing to university degree courses and employment. The UAL Level 3 qualifications all carry the same UCAS points as equivalent A-levels. Art universities respond incredibly favourably to Extended Diplomas as they know that they have been delivered within a specialist Art School environment with specialist Lecturers.

Last year, 82 per cent of students progressed to university and 18 per cent were successful in finding employment. Students who decide not to progress to university generally undertake trainee employment positions within the creative industries. We have an outstanding track record of our students having amazing careers and fulfilling their dreams.

Successful students progressing from our Level 3 courses will be guaranteed an offer on the BA (hons) Graphic Design and Communication or BA (hons) Applied Interior Design here at The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Suffolk College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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