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Study Programme - Graphic Design Level 3

In Partnership with – YSI Yorkshire Sculpture International and The Art House 2019

Course Name 
Study Programme - Graphic Design Level 3Available for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 1 year (Level 1 & 2) 2 years (Level 3)
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphic Design Pathway)
Offering Code DPL1AAD1F000 DPL2ART1F000 DEL3ADG1F000
Progression within Wakefield College Yes
Residential No
Day Trips Yes
Opportunity for Placement Yes
Mandatory Placement Yes
Programme Design and Overview

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 traditional Art and Design techniques, ideas and inspirations to produce personal and inspiring work that interests you. This can be used to create a portfolio of work to enable you to progress into the world of professional Graphic Design.

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, such as, group work, application advice and interview techniques, this will equip you for applications and interviews at University, apprenticeship or employment.

Future Career and Earning Potentials:
Graphic Designer £16K-£50K
Film/TV Production Assistant 15K-£30K
(Source: National Careers Service)

Please Note: Work placement opportunities will be available at all levels.


What you will Study

Examples of some of the units you may study are:

Level 1 (Art & Design)
Drawing and Mark Making
Ideas Generation
Surface Pattern
3-D Exploration

Level 2 (Art & Design)
Creative Mark Making and Mixed Media Exploration
Observational Drawing
Introduction to Colour Theory and Painting
3-Dimensional Design
Time-based Media
Photography and Photoshop

On completion of the level 2 Diploma in art and design you will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Graphic Design Extended Diploma

Level 3 (Graphic Design)
Digital Imaging
Computers in Art and Design
Design for Advertising
Motion graphics
Packaging Design
Typographic and Layout Design

How you will Learn

The course will be delivered through a series of practical assignments and workshops, led by friendly, supportive and highly experienced staff. Whether your interest is illustration, character design, graphics or motion graphics. You will have the opportunity to work in our specialist studios and IT suites, and use a variety of industry standard software, 2D and 3D media, equipment and tools.

You will use industry standard software and hardware to produce posters, business stationery, web sites, product packaging, magazine editorial, point of sale products, motion graphics and corporate identity. You will also learn about the graphic design industry and contemporary art and design. There will also be guest speakers and industry specialists with the opportunity to work in a fast-paced international design studio that produces many well-known brand logos and packaging you will recognise.

Course Structure
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Theory based: 15% 20% 20%
Practical work: 75% 70% 70%
Work placement: 10% 10% 10%
How you will be Assessed

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

All units are graded at Pass, Merit and/or Distinction

Entry Requirements

Level 1 (Art & Design)
3 GCSEs 9-1 

Level 2 (Art & Design)
3 GCSEs 9-3 including English or maths
Level 1 Art & Design plus English or maths 3 or Level 1 equivalent

Level 3 (Graphic Design)
4 GCSEs 9-4, including English or maths
4 GCSEs 9-4 and Level 2 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

Attendance Expectations

As a full-time student you will be expected to attend all classes as specified on your timetable and all personal tutorial sessions.

Attendance - Please note

This is part of a full-time Study Programme.

It may be available as a standalone fee paying course that is not part of a full-time Study Programme subject to sufficient interest. For further information call Course Information on 01924 789111.

Fee 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

Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Student Financial Support Team on 01924 789304
Further Study On completion of the course, with the appropriate pass and English and maths grades you can progress onto Higher Education degree programmes in Graphics, Illustration, Animation and Comic Art, apprenticeships or employment. 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.
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'.

How to Apply

Please complete a full-time application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

For Further Details

Please contact the Art and Design/Graphic Design Team on 01924 789871  or Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Information last amended: 09 May 2022 11:02

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