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Graphic Design Level 3 Extended UAL Diploma at New College Nottingham

Course description

The UK's creative industries are now worth £76.9 billion and employment in this area is predicted to continue to increase over the next 10 years due to a greater global demand for responsive creative marketing and social media.  
Graphic design skills support many aspects of the creative industries from marketing and advertising, to web development and design, illustration, gaming and product design.

During your time on the course you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the design process, exploring both traditional and digital design methods and techniques.  The course has a focussed industry approach offering lots of opportunities to get your hands on exciting, engaging and forward thinking live project briefs giving you the chance to use the latest top of the range equipment and software.

You’ll study at the Nottingham School of Art, within ncn’s city campus, right in the heart of the historic Lace Market, slap bang in the City’s Creative Quarter.

Course content

The course aims to provide you with a creative portfolio of work in preparation for higher education, employment or self-employment in design.  You’ll get to explore projects in logo design and corporate identity, branding, digital illustration, innovative web & app design, typography, packaging, motion design as well as poster and print media. By the time you finish your course, you’ll be trained to a professional level able to confidently use industry-standard software such as the full Adobe Creative Suite and Cinema 4D

Entry requirements

4 GCSE ( A*-C) including English and maths plus a creative portfolio of work to be shown at interview.


Assessment is a continuous process and will consist of a portfolio of reports, presentations and creative projects plus a final major project at the end of the year.

Future opportunities

You can go onto study in the following areas:

FDA Multimedia
FDA Multimedia Graphic Design
BA HONS in Digital Design



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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Nottingham directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • This former lace mill from the 1800s was once the centrepoint of the UK's world renowned lace manufacturing industry but now it's home to more than 50 of ncn's courses, including TV, Film and Digital Industries, Fashion, Multimedia, Games Development, Business and Administration, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, our HE Centre, ICT and many more.

      The building itself is some seven floors and in our fashion and textiles rooms right at the top of the building, you can enjoy some amazing views of the city.
      Across the road we have our Visual Arts Academy housed within another impressive building located at 25 Stoney Street. Here we have vast rooms and studios with amazing light so that all our art, design and photography students can do their thing.
      It's no coincidence that ncn's Visual Arts and Fashion and Media and Digital Academies are in the heart of the Lace Market. The area has been named Nottingham's Creative Quarter where hundreds of small creative businesses operate from. This connnectivity and vibrant environment gives our creative students a head start!