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Graphics National Extended Diploma Level 3 at Sunderland College

Course description

This course is ideal if you enjoy graphics and art based subjects, and wish to develop your creative skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject. It will provide a pathway to higher-level courses and a range of potential future careers in the graphic design industry.

Course content

You’ll explore the subject of graphic design in practical and digital sessions over the two years combining both sets of skills. An example of some of the areas covered in this qualification would be:

  • Observational drawing
  • Illustration
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • 3D design


Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be in an art and design/creative subject. Alternatively you can join the course with a BTEC level 2 Diploma in Art and Design.


You will be taught to develop practical and digital skills, and gain knowledge about the graphic design industry. The course will involve visits to regional/national exhibitions and workshops where you will study and record the work of various artists and designers.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing the course you could continue your studies at university and specialise in a specific subject area of graphic design. Alternatively you may wish to seek related employment in the area of graphics such as illustration, web design, games design or even work in the advertisement industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 February 2016
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