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Graphic Design - Level 3 at College of West Anglia

Course description

The Extended Diploma in Graphic Design is a very exciting and challenging course for students. Whilst investigating a wide range of design disciplines, the course specialises in an extensive variety of graphic techniques, thereby allowing students to develop a portfolio that reflects their individuality and creative strengths. This can then be used as the basis for higher education or entry into the design industry.The studio is well equipped with some of the latest Apple Mac computers and you will receive training on industry standard software applications such as:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Final Cut Pro
The learning environment mirrors a working studio and our approach is busy but relaxed - a place where students are encouraged to develop their own learning. Within this environment, important lessons are learnt about meeting deadlines and maintaining standards of high quality under pressure.You will be required to continue with projects independently and it is expected that there will be 12-16 hours independent study undertaken at home each week. Teaching methods vary from small group exercises, whole class teaching and one-to-one guidance.

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.

Financial information

Please see the college website for fee details

Further information

For further information, please visit the college website

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: 19 October 2018
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