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Graphics & Digital Design UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at Reading College

Course description

If your plan is to pursue a career in graphic design or a related specialism, then this could be the course for you. This advanced level course is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for employment or for progression to a higher level course. 

Over the two years you will learn by completing projects and assignments using a broad range of techniques and materials. Areas covered include advertising, computer graphics, typographic design, poster design and illustration.

Course content

You study units of work over the two years:
• introduction to visual language in art and design
• introduction to research skills in art and design
• introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design
• introduction to materials, processes and technical skills
• an integrated approach to 2D problem solving
• an integrated approach to 3D problem solving
• an integrated approach to time-based problem solving
• developing an art and design project
• art and design characteristics and context
• preparation for progression in art and design
• engaging with an audience in art and design
• art and design proposal and realisation

In addition you will progress in English and maths and develop entrepreneurial skills through live projects and enterprise activities.

The qualification awarded is the UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design (graphics pathway). 

This course enables you to build a portfolio within a personally selected specialist area of study. Over the two years you will work on a variety of different projects, delivered through a combination of practical project work, specialist workshops and lectures. Students should also take responsibility for a significant amount of self directed study. This will allow you to build a portfolio of work suitable for progression to higher education or employment. You will also develop professional skills in presentation techniques.

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 GCSEs including a Level 2 qualification in English (either GCSE grade C minimum or a Functional Skills qualification). 

Students who do not have a Level 2 qualification in English but have achieved a pass in their BTEC Level 2 and a Level 1 qualification in English could progress to the 90 credit one year Level 3 programme. (This allows the students to improve their English before progressing to the full extended diploma in year 2). 

All students should have examples of art or design work and a satisfactory reference from a school or employer. 
All students will be interviewed.

Future opportunities

The course leads to higher education or directly into employment. Students who have studied graphic design can gain employment in a variety of work situations including advertising agencies and design companies. Employment opportunities are also available in illustration, computer animation and multimedia work.

Further information

The units are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles. 

Practical work includes individual practical project work, simulated and live briefs, course related visits, drawing from life, sketchbooks, design and presentation and problem solving exercises.

You need to be able to work independently and you are required to carry out approximately 15 hours homework a week.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.