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Graphic Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of creative disciplines including elements of; Graphic Design, photography, packaging and branding, illustration, editorial design, interior/surface graphics, 3D design, architecture, typography, creative thinking and aspects of animation/digital arts. You will work on projects both independently and in within groups to develop the teamwork and communication skills necessary to work within the subject.

As this is a two year course you will progress from the basics within the subject through to more advanced techniques and professional outcomes in the second year. This course is ideal for learners who wish to pursue further studying at Higher Education and progress into a career within the creative sector. Many of our learners continue studying Graphic Design at New College Durham.

Course content

You will take part in a range of design based activities to build a good understanding of the subject. Projects are arranged by units, with most of the work being coursework based. Each project is designed to give you an insight into a particular skill or specialism. This is very advantageous as it will allow you to try new activities and build different skills leading towards a range of work to show in a portfolio. You will work with traditional design techniques (pencils, paper, inks and pens) and also the industry standard design software on our up to date Apple Mac computers, along with Digital SLR cameras and other equipment. The opportunity exists to partake in live briefs by local and national organisations and visit a variety of art galleries and design based exhibitions.

You will partake in work experience opportunities to build your skills in the work place and prepare you for employment.

English and Maths skills are an increasingly important requirement for the workplace. Lecturers will support you to develop these skills as part of your studies. These are mandatory requirements of the course.

The course team take students on regular trips both nationally and internationally. Recent trips have included visits into Durham, Newcastle, London and Barcelona. Our department has strong links with well-established design agencies in Newcastle and London with many of our students undertaking work placements with award winning companies.

Entry requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C and above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject. One of your GCSEs must include either English or Maths, alternatively a Level 2 certificate in Literacy or Numeracy will be considered. You will be asked to bring a creative portfolio to interview with you (this could include art and design, graphic design, design and technology and similar subjects), and will also be required to successfully complete the course induction period. If you don’t have the qualifications to gain entry there are level 2 courses available which are designed to help you progress onto level 3 programmes.

Future opportunities

Progression opportunities
You have the opportunity to advance to our Foundation Degree in Graphic Design and degree (BA) courses in Higher Education institutions/universities. It also equips you with the skills necessary for progression into employment. At New College Durham we offer a Foundation Degree in Graphic Design, with a third year BA (Hons) degree top-up option (subject to validation), to give you a fluent career pathway in Graphic Design and related specialism’s.

Related careers
Advertising or public relations director Advertising and public relations directors plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the advertising, public relations and public information activities of an organisation.
Graphic designer Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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