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Study Programme - Graphic Design/Art and Design Level 1, 2 & 3 at Wakefield College

Course description

Graphic Design is an exciting and growing area in Art and Design. Graphic Designers use a wide range of creative Art and Design techniques to create dynamic and exciting designs that are used for posters, packaging, book covers, illustration, advertising, CD covers and the emerging world of motion Graphics. You will also be taught cutting edge, industry standard, Adobe design software, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects. You will be able to use the suite of computers alongside your own ideas and inspirations to produce work that interests you and can be used to create a portfolio of work to enable you to progress into the world of professional Graphic Designers.

The course is aimed at anybody who has a creative mind, wants to develop their design knowledge and skills and has a real passion and desire to work in the creative industries. You will gain self-confidence in your portfolio of work and a range of personal skills that will equip you for applications and interviews at University, apprenticeship or employment.

Course content

What you will study

Examples of some of the units you may study are:

Level 1

  • Drawing
  • Design Generation
  • Printmaking
  • Surface Design
  • 3-Dimensional Design

Level 2

  • Creative Mark Making and Mixed Media Exploration
  • Printmaking
  • Observational Drawing
  • Introduction to Colour Theory and Painting
  • 3-Dimensional Design
  • Time-based Media
  • Photography and Photoshop

On successful completion of level 2 Art and Design, you will be able to progress to level 3 Graphic Design.

Level 3 (Graphic Design)

  • Digital Imaging
  • Computers in Art and Design
  • Design for Advertising
  • Packaging Design
  • Illustration
  • Typographic and Layout Design

Entry requirements

Level 1
3 GCSEs at grade 9-1 

Level 2
3 GCSEs at 9-3 including English or Maths
Level 1 Art & Design plus English or Maths GCSE grade 3 or Level 1 equivalent

Level 3
4 GCSEs 9-4, including English or Maths
4 GCSEs at 9-4 and Level 2 Functional Skills in either English or Maths
Successful completion of Level 2 or equivalent at Merit grade, plus GCSE English or Maths at grade 4 or Level 2 English or Maths


You will be continually assessed by your tutors throughout the academic year, and an external moderator will verify and confirm your final grades.

Level 3
Year 1 students will complete Units 1-7 and 9 which are graded at a Pass. Unit 8 is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Level 3
Year 2 students will complete Units 10 – 12 at a Pass, and Unit 13 is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and will determine the overall grade for the course.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities 

This programme gives you the opportunity to progress through Higher Education or apprenticeship to pursue a career in a broad range of areas of Design such as advertising, printing, packaging, publishing, film and TV, corporate branding, product design, spatial design, illustration, or computer motion graphics.

Visitors to the end of year exhibition commented on the standard of work:

'Fantastic work, all individual and so creative. Everyone should be proud of what they have done. Reflects well on the staff who are very passionate about the students and their work'.

'Very high standard of work, really professional'.

Further Study

If you complete the course with an appropriate pass grade with maths and English you can progress through the levels.

Those interested in web design could progress to the HND Photography or the BA Creative industries courses at Wakefield College whilst those interested in Art & Design could progress on to our Foundation Diploma in Art. Many students have been successful in progressing onto a range of design-related Higher Education courses throughout the UK as well as to employment.

Further information

Please contact the Art and Design/Graphic Design Team on 01924 789847 or Course Information on 01924 789111.

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: 30 April 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year (Level 1 & 2) 2 years (Level 3)
  • Course code: 59436

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