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Graphic Design BTEC Level 3 at Priestley College

Course description

During the course, you will learn by completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities; you will learn industry standard graphic design skills. You will work with industry professionals on ‘live’ projects, producing work that will provide you with numerous opportunities to see your projects used commercially. In the second year you will create a final exhibition showcasing the best of your work. As well as learning about employment in the creative industries, you develop the skills you need to start a career in Graphic Design or to progress to Higher Education.

Course content

You will develop general art and design skills using a variety of 2D and 3D media including drawing and painting, photography, model making and art history. You will also learn specialist skills ranging from Computer Image Manipulation, Website Design, Advertising, Typographic and Print. You will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the effective use of visual communication, using a combination of traditional materials and computer-based processes using industry standard software (Adobe Creative Suite).

Entry requirements

You will need to be committed to Graphic Design, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in understanding of and commitment to the subject are major requirements for success.


Units of work are internally assessed and verified through assignments set and marked by your tutors; others form part of the Final Major Project. You will follow summative assessments for each unit when you have the knowledge, skills and experience, which contribute to the final grades. When you have completed all the units of the course you will receive an overall grade.

Future opportunities

This course is for students with ambitions to progress into areas such as graphic design, illustration, advertising, publishing, interactive media and any other art and design career via a degree or by going straight into industry.

Further information

Understanding and commenting on the work of other artists and designers is a vital part of the course and you will be encouraged to participate in gallery visits to enrich your own practice. As well as research trips and gallery visits, we invite speakers from universities and from industry to talk to you about career paths. A large proportion of the assignments are ‘live’ – set by industry professionals. Past clients range from Sky TV, Barclays, Professional Imagemaker, to various local and national charities and businesses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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