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Graphic/Interactive Design - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Harrow College

Course description

The Level 3 Graphic/Interactive Design course is a practical design course fit for the 21st century. You will build up your familiarity and confidence in the design process to allow you to become a creative problem solver. You will be working on industry briefs to help develop your confidence and experience to be able to work at that level and build a body of work that is relevant to professional practice. You will develop your traditional and software skills in design, illustration and web development to be able to create effective designs and creative websites. These software skills will also compliment your ability to think critically as a designer. Our tutors, who are experienced practitioners and educators in their fields, will provide unlimited one-to-one tuition assessment of your work and discuss projects with your fellow graphic design students.

Course content

You'll explore a range of ideas within Graphic/Interactive design, Illustration and Photography. You will learn through practical and critical activities to express and gain knowledge of the different areas within the various fields of Design, Photography and Illustration, by creating sketchbooks of research, ideas and development. You will have a choice to explore a range of techniques using a variety of 2D materials and software skills. The course is equivalent to three A-levels and is very varied: as well as furthering your own practical skills you will visit art galleries and have industry specialist talks. The first year will be developing your familiarity with the design process and basic software skills. Your second year will be expanding on your practical skills through industry assignments in order to build a body of work for university and job interviews. All students will be required to develop their English and Maths through courses such as Functional skills and GCSE.

Students have a large dedicated studios with access to computers and the latest digital software, scanners, excellent printing facilities and quality paper so the end result is highly professional. In addition you will have access to photographic darkrooms, studios with professional lighting and digital photographic equipment. As well as designing using computers programmes students are given the opportunity to develop work using traditional techniques. You will be taught by experienced lecturers who will demonstrate techniques and the safe use of tools and materials.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A*-C including Art, Graphics or Textiles and normally including English or Maths or Distinction/Merit for BTEC Level 2 Diploma Art & Design.


You will complete sketchbooks and final pieces for each project, writing comments about your work and a final evaluation. These art pieces will be assessed and you can achieve either a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. At the end of your second year, you will complete a Final Major Project (FMP) where you have an opportunity to work more independently.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

This is an excellent progression route to an art foundation course, higher education courses in graphics, packaging and typography, web design, interactive media and illustration. Alternatively you will develop the necessary skills to work in the industry with an employer or freelance designer.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

You will need to have art materials at home to be able to complete your sketchbooks, a range of HB - 6B pencils, colouring pencils, acrylic paints and brushes. All camera equipment is provided together with laptops and ipads.

Additional costs:

Travel and entry to art galleries (we do try and go to admission free galleries).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 March 2016
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