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Graphic Design Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Mid Cheshire College

Course description

The course has a strong foundation in design and illustration, as it gives you the basics of how to design and illustrate well while producing work using a mixture of traditional (by hand) and digital techniques + processes. The type of designs you will produce include DVD covers, t shirts, shoeboxes, advertising, typeface design, corporate identity/logo design, magazine spreads and digital self portraits. We also work work on live assignments.

During the two years, the work you produce within the units will give you the opportunity to improve your graphic skills, develop your use of appropriate materials, techniques + processes, learn how to use the design process, find out how to generate ideas and concepts and then how to visually communicate them to specific audiences.

Course content

This course includes a Study Programme to provide learners with a coherent and enriching curriculum which will provide them with the academic, social and employability skills to progress to further or higher education or employment.

The content of the study programme is designed to broaden the learner experience beyond the main qualification of study.

The key theme of Study Programmes at Level 3 will be the development of personal, social and enterprise skills to enable progression to higher levels of study or employment.

As well as your core qualification you will study GCSE or Functional Skills in English or Maths plus English and maths development as part of the core qualification.

Learners will also undertake personal progress planning and pastoral education. Plus additional personal development activity which may include work experience and projects.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade A* - C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio. This could include sketchbooks, photography, ilustrations or digital work.


An experimental approach to a wide range of design problems is encouraged. Work is project based starting with research and design development leading towards final design solutions. As the work progresses it becomes more applied and you will be expected to rely more on your own initiative. You will work with skilled and experienced designers who have a long history of success in placing students both in higher education and industry. Coursework is assessed continuously through project work and a final major project will be assessed by exhibition.

Future opportunities

You will be able to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design or a range of BA courses offered throughout the UK. Employment opportunities exist in Advertising, Fashion, Photography and Web Design, also Collateral Designer, Publication Designer or Book Designer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 April 2016

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