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This is a two-year course for students interested in a career within graphic design, advertising & marketing and photography. The course is equivalent to three A-levels, which will allow progression to University and the workplace. The intention of this course is to prepare students for the creative industries, be that within a digital environment or a print-based industry but using digital methods of production.

Students will look at , graphic design, design for print media/digital media, studio and location photography, product photography, macro photography, lighting techniques, composition, interactive design, app design, photo editing, using graphics tablets, digital illustration techniques and motion design.

  • What will I learn?

    The qualification is accredited by the highly regarded University of the Arts London (UAL) and helps students to develop a creative and effective working methodology to react positively and creatively across a range of assignments and creative activities. You will develop a diverse portfolio of creative work. The course aims to develop you to become a whole creative who is able to produce work in a variety of modern digital and printed mediums with the skill expected by future employers and higher education. Practical work includes simulated briefs and course-related visits. You need to be able to work independently and you are required to carry out approximately 15 hours of homework a week.

    In the second year of the extended programme, you will be able to improve upon the skills developed from year one through specialist briefs with industry lead outcomes.

  • Example modules

    • Graphic Design/Digital Printing
    • Digital Illustration
    • Digital Photography
    • Motion Graphics
    • Mobile App Design
  • How will I be assessed?

    The course is 100% coursework

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of four GCSE passes including English Language, Maths and a creative subject. For entry we are currently accepting a grade 4 (C) as a pass.

    Alternatively, we will accept a full Level 2 qualification at Merit grade or above providing English Language and Maths have been passed. All applicants must bring a portfolio of work to their interview to be considered for the course. .

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    You could continue onto a Foundation Degree or BA Degree in this vocational area or in related sectors. Many students go on to have a career in graphic design, motion graphics, UX/UI design and commercial photography. This course is designed to allow you to enter positions in the Creative Industry with a skillset that will enable you to work effectively and creatively.

  • Additional Information

    Additional kit and materials costs: Year 1 - £200 | Year 2 - £150

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 3
Study Mode Full-Time Course
Start Date September
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code FMEDIL3DP-1
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