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UAL Extended Diploma in Graphic Design Level 3 Year 1 at Canterbury College

Course description

This Graphic Design and Illustration course provides a stimulating, challenging and creative environment for you to explore traditional and digital techniques used in the graphic design industry.

Course content

Studying on the Graphic Design and Illustration course will enable you to explore a broad range of graphic design and art processes and give you a confident understanding of visual communication. This course has a strong vocational emphasis, and will introduce you to 2D, 3D and time based subjects in order to realise your strengths. You will additionally develop skills in digital illustration and graphic techniques including type, print and layout design. You will become familiar with using the creative cycle: a valuable skill recognised by employers. In this context you will learn to manage professional projects from research to idea development and fully-realised graphic solutions. You'll be encouraged to develop your own visual identity, and also to communicate and present your ideas in visual, oral and written forms to a range of audiences.This qualification will require you to develop a coherent and effective working methodology, through immersion, reiteration and reinforcement, which will enable you to react positively and creatively across a diverse range of assignments and creative activities. The final Unit of years 1 and 2 will require you to demonstrate the independent capacity to self initiate, research, analyse, organise, reflect and evaluate commensurate with study in higher education.

Entry requirements

A relevant full Level 2 qualification.


You will be continually assessed during and at the end of each project you undertake. Your feedback will be both verbal and written, ensuring that you have the necessary guidance to ensure you leave us with the best qualification grade. All tutors and Trainer Demonstrators are practising industry professionals

Future opportunities

The creative industries are one of the largest in the South East and include a very diverse range of creative careers.Previous students have progressed to undertake specialist courses in:Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising and Marketing, Shoe Design, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration, Product Design, Transport Vehicle Design, Animation, Computer Generated Art and Games Design.Our 2 year programme is equivalent to 3 A level Qualifications and will enable students to go on to a range of Higher Education courses. The final unit of the second year of the course is available at Level 4, helping students to progress into Higher Education.

Further information

Please note that for applications for the 19/20 academic year the EKC Group is using a new online system and you will be required to register and track your application using this system. You will receive an e-mail informing you of this and what to do next. You will be using the EKC Enterprise platform. Please go to for further information about this process.

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: 05 February 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: C00172/1/2-51
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  • Number of planned places: 20

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