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Art & Design (Graphic Design) UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at Havering College of Further and Higher Education

Course description

You will build upon your skills through a series of practical projects and written assignments that explore creative thinking and design. This course is predominately practical and you will spend most of your time in the purpose-built graphics studio using the suite of Apple Mac computers and scanners.

Course content

You will study a variety of units that total 180 credits and cover the following areas:

  • Typography
  • Drawing Techniques
  • Materials Techniques and Processes
  • Contextual Studies (History of Art and Design)
  • Computer in Art and Design
  • Traditional Illustration
  • Visual Communication
  • Editorial Design

Your work will be in line with contemporary industry practice and will be based on finding creative solutions to realistic problems. The practical work is supported by a programme of contextual studies and where possible we will look to visit a number of galleries and museums.

If you have not yet achieved a grade C (or above) in GCSE English and maths, you will be required to attend GCSE resit sessions (if you achieved grade D) or functional skills sessions (if you achieved grade E or below).

Entry requirements

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and art/design).*
  • A portfolio of art and design work.

*A First Diploma in Art and Design at merit level will also be accepted. In exceptional circumstances, particularly for mature students, a relaxation of formal qualifications may be possible if you demonstrate a high level of ability and passion.


You will be assessed throughout the year via written and practical assignments.

Future opportunities

You could progress onto our Level 4 HNC in Graphic Design.

Employment opportunities could include work in a junior positions within the design industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havering College of Further and Higher Education directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016

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