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Level 3 extended diploma in graphic design at North Hertfordshire College

Course description

Our creative arts courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands-on experience in the world of work, including:

  • Work experience with businesses like Clothes Show live and the Royal Opera House
  • Designing and making cardboard shelters and pavilions for a large installation in the atrium (art and design students)
  • Design and showing outfits at The Clothes Show (fashion students)
  • Opportunities to work on collaborative projects with hair and beauty, dance, performing arts.

All courses are led by engaging tutors with years of experience in the creative industries and include opportunities for work experience and live performances.

You’ll be required to undertake work experience to support your learning in a hands on, practical way. Opportunities from national and regional performing arts bodies, creative agencies and sector organisations will be advertised to students. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in trips and workshops to enhance your professional understanding of the sector.

Graphic design: you’ll have access to industry standard equipment and software to explore specialisms such as illustration, print and publishing, motion graphics and typography. You’ll gain real life experiences and generate a professional portfolio to support your future destinations.

Course content

Through this course you’ll learn about:

  • Single and multi-camera techniques
  • Interactive design
  • Animation and photography
  • Typography
  • Idea and concept generation
  • Illustration and mark making
  • Idea and concept generation
  • Print and editorial design
  • Image manipulation
  • Web design

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade C or above including English; or,
  • Four GSCEs at grade C or above, plus functional skills level 1 English;
  • A level 2 qualification in a relevant subject area, passed with a merit or distinction grade – plus English GCSE grade C or above, or functional skills level 2 English.


This course is assessed through assignments and projects - including a substantial final project at the end of the year. You’ll only sit exams if you’re also doing maths or English GCSE or functional skills.

Financial information

Price on application.

There are no tuition fees for students aged 16-18 years.

This programme is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans.

Possible charges for any trips or visits offered during the year will be independent of the tuition fees or any other student finance.

Financial help may be available for these costs, please contact Student Services for more information.


Future opportunities

Having successfully completed this course, you’ll be able to progress to:

  • Higher level courses including HNDs
  • University
  • Apprenticeships
  • Paid employment in the sector.

Further information

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 February 2017
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