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Graphic Design - Level 3 (Extended Diploma) at College of West Anglia

Course description

This pathway offers you the opportunity to gain a wide range of graphic design communication skills for the creative industries, including advertising, promotion, magazine and CD design, web design and animation. Graphic design at the Wisbech campus has established a national reputation for the high standards of the achieving students and for the successful live brief campaigns.The course promotes innovative idea generation in design, combining the use of traditional and new technology. Excellent studio facilities support the programme including a large graphic design studio with integrated Mac suite and industry standard software, including the Adobe Master Collection Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects, Premiere Pro, etc., Quark Xpress, Freehand, Final Cut Pro, Director, Fontlab and others, with access to a digital photography studio.This course has the equivalent value of 3 full A-levels and is recognised by Universities and employers. Students can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction for their overall grade. The course is taught through combined core and specialist teaching that builds on a wide range of creative skills dealing with materials techniques and processes to equip students to progress to either Higher Education degree programmes in their specialism or to apprenticeships and employment in the creative industries.All pathways will study alongside their specialisms, photography and computer applications, history of art, and a range of experimental textile materials and techniques in art and design which underpin all design practice. At the end of both year one and year two, work is exhibited at the annual Art Show where the creative and high quality work is viewed by the public, press, family and friends.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or higher, including English, Maths and a creative-based subject
  • A relevant Level 2 qualification
  • GCSE English or Maths at Grade 4 (C) or higher
Substantial Level 2 vocational qualifications in relevant subjects will be accepted as GCSE equivalent (with the exception of English and Maths).


The work on the course is project/assignment based, and assessment is continuous throughout the course. Some units will be subject to external assessment.The units in the first two terms are assessed at Pass grade only. The final unit is awarded a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction. This unit is achieved through a personal proposal and exhibition and decides the overall grade for the qualification.This is a two-year programme and has two achievement points. You will work towards the Diploma qualification in the first year of the course and the Extended Diploma in the second year.

Financial information

Please see the college website for fee details

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 October 2018
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