Accessibility links

Graphic Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

Graphic Design is Art for Communication - its function is to grab attention and to aid communication between people, businesses and organisations. Constantly changing and challenging. It can be entertaining, persuasive, decorative, educational, informative and functional. The aim of the course is to provide an environment where students gain the correct balance of creative, technical and personal skills to enable them to work in the Graphics industry or continue onto Degree Level study.

Course content

You will learn about advertising, video, photography, packaging, illustration, typography and image. You will also study English and maths as part of your programme at the appropriate level for you.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs grades A-C including English, and preferably Art or Graphics, or a BTEC L2 Diploma in Art and Design. An enthusiasm for the Arts, drawing and an appreciation graphics is essential. We will also be especially interested in any work that you feel is related to the area of Graphics; this may include work from Art GCSE or Design Technology projects and any work you have been doing in your own time - Computer based artwork is not essential as the course develops these skills from a very basic level. We ask you to bring a selection to interview with you.

The course is ideal for candidates who wish to study and develop their skills through all aspects of Graphic Design including advertising, branding, illustration, typography, packaging, as well as how design is used on a range of platforms. You will work on a combination of assignments and at times these are developed with real clients from industry to give you invaluable experience and understanding of the industry expectations and requirements. On the course you will learn by completing set assignments through lectures, practical workshops and looking at other designers and artists work. The course is predominately practical and prospective students should have the energy and commitment to work in active workshop environments but also, the academic ability to work at A level standard.


There are no written exams on this course. Formative assessments are carried out on a continuous basis internally by your tutors and targets set to support you in achieving your full potential. You will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction at the end of each unit.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

The course has very high success rates at getting students into Higher Education courses - Universities feedback to us that Oaklands Graphic Design students come to them with some of the most diverse skill sets and work which sets them apart from other students applying. Some students sometimes obtain junior positions in the industry from the course. Pathways from a Graphic Design education can lead into different areas of design including: Advertising, Packaging, Corporate Design, Film and Television Graphics and some enter into new media routes such as mobile technology graphical interface design.

Further information

Students are also entered for specialist areas which develop skills in Life drawing, photography and Print. We believe this enriches the student experience and more importantly helps create a diverse portfolio of work which has led to student being chosen by some of the best Universities in the country for Graphic Design. All learners at Oaklands College take part in an initial assessment for Maths and English, to help us ensure that everyone reaches their full potential and has the appropriate supporting skills to enable access to University or relevant employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
Provider logo

Key information