Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This course is for you if you are interested in Art & Design, and in pursuing a career in the Graphic Design industry.
This is a vocational course, intended for imaginative students who are keen to develop excellent practical and creative skills. The course also encourages students to explore and develop their critical and analytical thinking, and to respond effectively to vocational and realistic industry related Assignment briefs.
During the course students will develop their skills in Drawing and Painting, Typography, Packaging, Mixed Media, Magazine Design, 3D Design, Advertising and Storyboards.
You will work in ‘traditional’ art & design mediums, and learn about uses of computers in the design industry using software including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe In-Design, Adobe Illustrator, and PowerPoint.
We also offer a full programme of enrichment activities that include visits to relevant exhibitions and galleries.
Units studied may include:-
Graphic Image Making
Typographic Layout and Design
Ideas and Concepts
Graphic Media, Techniques and Technology
Design for Advertising
Typefaces and Letter forms
Narrative Image Making
Mixed Media Techniques
Personal and Professional Development
- Final Major Project
4 GCSEs grade A - C, including English Language and a subject relevant to your chosen area of study. Students with full Level 2 vocational qualifications with an overall Merit/Distinction in Art and Design will be considered alongside 2 GCSEs grade A - C including GCSE English Language and a good reference.
During interview and enrolment you will need to present a portfolio of work demonstrating your drawing, painting, line and tone observation skills from life (not computer, copied work or manga).
GCSE Maths & English
As part of their overall Study Programme, students will also be required to attend L2 Certificate/GCSE Maths classes if they have yet to achieve a GCSE Grade C in the subject.
To be accepted onto the course, applicants are required to have achieved a Grade C in English Language. NB - In certain circumstances (e.g. overseas applicants) applicant may be accepted without this if they demonstrate the necessary level of literacy in diagnostic testing completed during enrolment. In such cases, students will be required to study GCSE English as part of their Study Programme.
Student assessment is based on course work, both practical and written. In the second year you will undertake a Final Major Project.
Your work is assessed by the teaching team, and externally moderated by Edexcel.
In Year 1, you are enrolled on the Edexcel 90 Credit Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A levels), requiring you to complete 4 core units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units.
In Year 2, to complete the full Extended Diploma, you will undertake a further 3 core units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units. The full Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels). NB - LEARNERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE 90 CREDIT DIPLOMA TO PROGRESS TO YEAR 2.
Students passing the course with Merit or above can go on to study at University, training or employment. The course prepares students for the world of work in the various fields of Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Animation, Fashion Design, Illustration, Product Design, Theatre Design and Digital Imaging.
The course will open up a wide range of creative career opportunities including games designer, animator, graphic designer, photographer, architect, interior designer, illustrator and magazine designer.
You will have 13 hours of timetabled classes each week including a group tutorial with your personal tutor who will support and encourage you throughout the duration of the course.
You will learn in dedicated art and design studios and computer rooms equipped with industry standard software packages, including Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver and Indesign.