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Graphic Design Level 3 Applied Diploma - Extended Certificate at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

The  Level 3 Graphic Design Diploma will enable you to gain a breadth of knowledge and experience in essential graphic design principles and techniques, within the context of the wider art and design world.

You will study six units over the two years. These will explore the use of digital technology in graphic design, branding and corporate design, design for advertising, illustration in graphic design, graphic design history and realising outcomes for specialist briefs.

These units will be delivered through a wide range of graphic design-based assignment briefs that aim to link to the professional world of graphic design.

Throughout these briefs you will explore areas such as understanding the use of text and image in graphic design products, using a range of digital software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, understanding different types of illustration and producing illustrations based on clients’ needs, producing a range of advertising visuals, presenting to clients, creating logos, exploring typography, understanding key trends and movements in graphic design history and understanding how to produce a final outcome.

The outcomes that you produce may include music festival posters, magazine spread illustrations, charity campaigns, company logos, t-shirts, book covers, and icons.

Throughout the course you will develop key skills in not only digital graphic design packages, but also in photography, mixed media work and drawing.

The course is completely coursework-based and will enable you to produce a graphic design-based portfolio covering a broad range of projects and techniques.

The course is equivalent to one A level.

Course content

You will study six units over the two years. These will explore the use of digital technology in graphic design, branding and corporate design, design for advertising, illustration in graphic design, graphic design history and realising outcomes for specialist briefs.

These units will be delivered through a wide range of graphic design-based assignment briefs that aim to link to the professional world of graphic design.

Throughout these briefs you will explore areas such as understanding the use of text and image in graphic design products, using a range of digital software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, understanding different types of illustration and producing illustrations based on clients’ needs, producing a range of advertising visuals, presenting to clients, creating logos, exploring typography, understanding key trends and movements in graphic design history and understanding how to produce a final outcome.

The outcomes that you produce may include music festival posters, magazine spread illustrations, charity campaigns, company logos, t-shirts, book covers, and icons.

Throughout the course you will develop key skills in not only digital graphic design packages, but also in photography, mixed media work and drawing.

The course is completely coursework-based and will enable you to produce a graphic design-based portfolio covering a broad range of projects and techniques.

You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed and externally-moderated assignments.

Entry requirements

At least 5 Grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including in GCSE English.

OR

A Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in a related area (6- credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students with a distinction grade in a related area (6-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.

You will need to have a GCSE Grade C or equivalent in Art and Design, DT, Media, Photography or Graphic Design. If not, you will need to bring a creative portfolio to interview.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed and externally-set and marked assignments.

Future opportunities

The Graphic Design Level 3 Diploma will enable you to gain progression within the design field, entry to a Level 4 Foundation course in Art and Design and also entry to a degree level course in Graphic Design.

Students who completed their course in summer 2017 are now studying, for example, Graphic Design at Anglia Ruskin, Graphic Design at the University of Suffolk, Graphic Design at Norwich University of the Arts, and Animation with an industry placement at Salford University.

 

Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.

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: 27 September 2018
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