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Graphic Design and Illustration BTEC Diploma Level 3 at Wilberforce College

Course description

The need for talented and creative graphic designers has never been stronger. In a world where there seems to be more importance on other things in a few years the industry will be desperate for young designers with a talent for a mix of traditional approaches attached to cutting edge technology. We live our lives by images and this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be at the forefront of all aspects of illustrative graphic design. It’s a well-rewarded job, but somebody has to do it.
So if you enjoy drawing, sketching, painting and generally being creative with your ideas to make pictures you will find new opportunities to develop your skills and ideas around themes which explore all aspects of illustration. If you want to spend your days in the art and design area this course is great for you. You will certainly experience lessons that are unlike any other subject!

Course content

Year One Units
During the course you will complete 5 Core units These will cover exploration into different approaches to drawing, the study of Art and Design and Illustration in the Twentieth Century, information graphics and creative use of media. You will learn how to draw, paint, use the computer and explore a variety of techniques appropriate to traditional and modem illustration and graphic design.

Year Two Units
In addition to continuing to develop your skills learnt in year one you will complete additional units and these will cover creative typography, location photography, mixed media image making, graphic image making, professional and personal development. These units will help you to develop the skills involved to produce illustrations which can be applied to books, television animation or the internet and lead you into all sorts of job opportunities including the more interesting and creative aspects of games design to illustration and animation.

Entry requirements

4 A*-C grades or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a grade D in GCSE English Language.

Students wanting to take Graphic Design and Illustration should have a L2 qualification in Art and Design, either at least a grade C at GCSE or a BTEC certificate Merit. If they have no L2 experience students should bring a portfolio of work with them on enrolment to assess whether they can be accepted onto the course.


All coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is assessed to pass, merit and distinction criteria for each unit and you will receive weekly feedback on your progress towards your final grades. You develop your units of work by responding to what you see other graphic designers doing. In this way each unit is marked as a set of work at the end, including the final outcome. In this way it is much better to work consistently throughout the whole course and make sure all work is as complete as possible. Your work is marked each week. You cannot cram all the work in at the end of the course like revision based subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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