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Graphic Design and Visual Media Level 3 Foundation Diploma at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Course description

This programme has a broad base, which enables learners to gain understanding, knowledge and skills across the diverse range of graphic design disciplines. The course comprises a teaching and learning partnership; study is fully supported through tutorials and tutor review to facilitate individual skill development. Learners are equipped with professional graphic practices to develop a portfolio of work to support progression on the Extended Diploma, higher education or employment.

Course content

Individual and group based practical assignment briefs (simulative and live) give learners the opportunity to utilise and integrate traditional and electronic skills and techniques to develop a diverse range of creative outcomes. Briefs cover a wide range of graphic specialisms including Packaging, Typographic Design, Advertising, Corporate Identity, Information Graphics, Illustration and Photography. Learners also study a contextual studies unit.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be 16+ at entry with a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, or any other relevant qualification. A portfolio of work showing evidence of creativity and imagination is required at interview.


Assessment will be through work checks, critiques, tutor and learner reviews, formal assessment of portfolio.Four units are internally assessed, two units are externally assessed.

Financial information

An equipment list will be supplied prior to commencement on the course.

We offer a bursary that students can apply for help with costs that are associated with a course. This could be help with the cost of travel, books, materials, equipment, uniforms, childcare and examination and registration fees. To find out more about bursaries available at the College, please speak to Customer Services.

Future opportunities

You can progress on to an Extended Diploma, with the aim to then progress on to higher programmes of study both within the College or at university, or gain employment within the graphics industry.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: B0017
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    • A whole campus dedicated to the arts, Hinckley is home to an enticing mix of all things creative and houses some of the best facilities in the local area.

      • Graphics studio
      • Photography studio (including infinity cove) and darkroom
      • Music recording studio
      • Woodwork studio
      • Raku kilns
      • Extensive learning and resource centre
      • Apple Mac suites
      • Theatre
      • Art/materials shop
      • Student Centre
      • Library
      • Refectory – serving Starbucks Coffee

      Subjects available to study at this campus include:

      • Art & Design
      • Computing
      • Fashion & Textiles
      • Graphic Design
      • Interior Design
      • Journalism
      • Media
      • Music Performance
      • Music Technology
      • Performing Arts

      To find out more about North Warwickshire & Hinckley College:

      024 7624 3000