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Graphic Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

Anyone wishing to understand an exciting visual language! Expect to engage with complex design problems and to arrive at solutions that promote, publicise, inform, persuade and entertain!

One of the most important requirements of this course is a lively enquiring mind, a growing interest in graphic design, illustration, photo-manipulation, typography, animation, web design and photography to name but a few!

The Extended Diploma in Graphic Design introduces you to:

  • advertising
  • typographical layout
  • poster and brochure layout
  • 3D design
  • 2D animation
  • Information graphics
  • logo design
  • web design
  • mixed media

Introducing all the exciting technologies of graphic design, website construction, animation and photography.

Course content

Through a variety of workshop practices, project work and visual studies you will develop your understanding of graphic design, digital design, desktop publishing, image manipulation, typography, animation and photography.

You will learn how to design and prepare visuals using traditional skills – mark making, printing and hand produced artwork. You will learn how to use all the industry standard software including – Adobe Creative Cloud – In-Design,  Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, AutoDesk Maya (This however is subject to curriculum direction and can alter).  You will also understand the requirements of pre-press and how to prepare print ready artwork.

Entry requirements

You will need Five GCSEs Grade C or above including one art based subject, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at Merit or an educational background that demonstrates the potential to succeed at Level 3.

At interview the application must be supported by examples of art, design and craft ability and should include drawings done from direct observation or examples of graphic orientated work –  for example – posters, leaflets, digitally based work.

Progression – This is an advanced level course.  Achievement at Distinction *(D*D*D*) attracts 420 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 A levels). This qualification will take you directly onto a BA Hons. Degree or Foundation Degree (subject to qualifying at the required levels).


Working within the mature, creative and exciting environment of the all-purpose built ART & DESIGN BLOCK at the Isle of Wight College you will study in the latest well equipped studios that include fine art, graphics, textiles, 3D, a 41 station Apple Mac Studio. (All G5 hardware supporting some of the latest industry standard software).

Practical and theoretical work is integrated throughout the course with individual and independent work forming a large part of your studies, supported with workshop, lecture, demonstration and tutorials. There will be a major final project at the end of the second year.

Your programme of study will include qualifications in:

Extended Diploma in Graphic Design & Functional Skills Communication Level 2 and Functional Skills Level 2 IT. You may wish to retake either a Maths or an English GCSE (subject to approval).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2016
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