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Graphic and Interactive Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at City of Westminster College

Course description

Year 1

Five core units will underpin the learning that will take place in year one. These units are designed to develop your visual communication skills, your application of practical techniques and processes, as well as your understanding of historical and contextual art practices.

Along side this you will complete assignments based around graphic and interactive design briefs allowing you to get a taste for the field of work within advertising, signs and communication, screen display and interaction, websites and web animation. There will be written assignments as well as creative practical based assignments

You will go on trips to galleries and museums to support your projects and will be given live project briefs to work in collaboration with other subject areas within the college or external organisations.

Year 2

You will draw on the experience and knowledge gained in year one and focus your studies within more directed graphic and interactive design briefs, building strong projects to include in your individual portfolios. Some of these briefs will be live projects where you will be expected to demonstrate your communication skills by independently liaising with other people outside of the course.

You will be given ownership of your last project, which is the Final Major Project. This is your opportunity to write your own brief around the specific area you want to specialise in within the industry or program of study at University.

You will be supported in your progression to University, employment or apprenticeships. This will be done through writing a CV, applications and building a portfolio, which will start at the beginning of the second year and will continue throughout the year.

Your individual portfolios will contain work from year one and year two as well as your sketchbooks and samples of your written work. You will be supported in creating your portfolio, which will start at the beginning of the second year and will continue throughout the year.

There will also be an end of year show where you will be expected to exhibit work generated from your two years of study in celebration of your achievements.

Please Note

Extended Diplomas are delivered as two one year programmes:

Year 1 - Subsidiary Diploma

Year 2 - Diploma/Extended Diploma

Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Subsidiary programme prior to being considered appropriate for a year 2 qualification.

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess relevant level 2 qualifications:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C including English and Art or another visually creative subject


  • an equivalent vocational qualification with a merit grade or relevant previous experience.

Entry onto the course is by interview commencing in February. Applicants will need to bring some recent artwork that they have produced and would like to talk about in the interview (sketchbooks would be also be good). At the interview you will need to demonstrate potential to benefit from this course.

If you don't think that you have the right qualification, but think this is the right course for you then apply or come along to the college to see how we can support you.


You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations.

Future opportunities

Progression into higher education study on HNC or Foundation Degree in Photography at City of Westminster College, UCAS applications to HE institutions to study HND/HNC, Foundation Degree or BA(Hons) courses or possible career opportunities in the creative industries and Apprenticeship programmes within the Creative Media Sector subject to successful applications.

Students have gone on to study graphics and other visual art and media specialisms within London Universities such as LCC and University of Westminster and beyond to universities such as Brighton University, Farnham (UCA), Glasgow School of Art and the School of Design in Hong Kong.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Westminster College directly.

Last updated date: 26 February 2016
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