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Graphics Pathway Level 3 Extended Diploma at Banbury and Bicester College

Course description

If your plan is to pursue a career in graphic design or a related specialism, then this could be the course for you. This advanced level course is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for employment or for progression to a higher level course. 

Over the two years you will learn by completing projects and assignments using a broad range of techniques and materials. Areas covered include advertising, computer graphics, typographic design, poster design and illustration.

Course content

You study units of work over the two years:
• introduction to visual language in art and design
• introduction to research skills in art and design
• introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design
• introduction to materials, processes and technical skills
• an integrated approach to 2D problem solving
• an integrated approach to 3D problem solving
• an integrated approach to time-based problem solving
• developing an art and design project
• art and design characteristics and context
• preparation for progression in art and design
• engaging with an audience in art and design
• art and design proposal and realisation

In addition you will progress in English and maths and develop entrepreneurial skills through live projects and enterprise activities.

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 GCSEs including a Level 2 qualification in English (either GCSE grade C minimum or a Functional Skills qualification). 

Students who do not have a Level 2 qualification in English but have achieved a pass in their BTEC Level 2 and a Level 1 qualification in English could progress to the 90 credit one year Level 3 programme. (This allows the students to improve their English before progressing to the full extended diploma in year 2). 

All students should have examples of art or design work and a satisfactory reference from a school or employer. 
All students will be interviewed.

Future opportunities

The course leads to higher education or directly into employment. Students who have studied graphic design can gain employment in a variety of work situations including advertising agencies and design companies. Employment opportunities are also available in illustration, computer animation and multimedia work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury and Bicester College directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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