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Art and Design (Graphic Design) Extended Diploma Level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

This established BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Graphic Design level 3 course is the first year of a two year Extended Diploma. It is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and understanding to become a creative graphic designer. It is a two-year programme providing a broad-based graphic design overview which can lead students into an exciting range of career areas including: graphic designer, illustrator, advertising, digital art and media art worker. The course is made up of 90 credits or 9 units per year and overall is equivalent to three A levels. The course is supported by regular trips to galleries and museums as well as location research trips. There is also a developing programme of industrial visits and live projects. Successful completion of the course means you will be eligible to study for a degree in a related field. The course is timetabled over 16 hours, four days per week. This is a demanding course and there is an expectation that students will dedicate additional time to their studies. The course is an art and design-based qualification so you will be expected to be able to and engage with drawing and other creative units. Assessment is continuous and achievement is closely monitored. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 (C) or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

The course is predominantly a graphic design course with elements of interactive media covering the following subjects: ideas and concepts; drawing; design method; contextual studies; photography; screen printing; computers in art and design; and web design. The course covers the design process, and you will also be training on a range of latest industry software including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. The second year units are: application, exploration and realisation in art and design; design methods in art and design; personal and professional development; digital imaging computer manipulations; mixed media; design for advertising; and information graphics.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English including an Art/Design related subject is required. GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C) or above is desirable. You will also require a portfolio which demonstrates your suitability for your chosen course. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


All units are assessed through practical assignments.You will receive formative assessments and feedback that will inform you of the grade you are working towards. We will set targets that inform you how to improve.There are no examinations or external assessments on this course.

Financial information

Material fee £50.00. Up to £100 to cover the cost of kit and equipment as well as the cost of trips to galleries and museums.We have a student art shop that can supply the majority of materials.

Future opportunities

This level 3 course allows successful students to progress either into the creative arts industry or higher education in graphic design, or a range of allied subject areas. The course equips you to enter the creative industries at a junior level. There will also be an element of simulated work experience through live projects, competitions, and industrial assignments during year two of the course.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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