Level 3

Art and Design (Graphic Design) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS SCHOOL LEAVERS FULL TIME 2022
FREE* Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS SCHOOL LEAVERS FULL TIME 2022
FREE* Southend Campus

Overview

This course is designed to take you through a comprehensive range of different graphic design and multimedia techniques and disciplines. The aim of the course is to provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop a wide range of graphic design skills both digital and non-digital, to help you to progress to either further or higher education or employment in the industry. Related careers in this area of study include graphic design, illustration, web design, advertising, packaging design, concept art, marketing, animation, motion graphics, publishing (magazine and newspaper design).

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 qualification or GCSEs x 4 at grade 4/C -  one to be grade 4/C in ENGLISH OR MATHS dependent on vocational subject to be studied
  • You will be asked to provide evidence of your ability in the subject which could be in the form of a portfolio
  • Successful attendance at interview event

Course Structure

You will complete six units in year one and seven units in year two.

Units and content covered include:

Visual recording in art and design

  • Critical & contextual studies
  • Graphics media, techniques and technology
  • Materials, techniques and processes
  • Advertising
  • Logo design
  • Graphic illustration
  • Developing an art & design portfolio
  • The creative process
  • Typography & typographic design
  • Packaging design
  • Web page design
  • Managing a client brief
  • Curating an exhibition
  • Drawing and printmaking
  • Maths and English
     

 

Assessment & Feedback

During year one of the course four units are internally set and assessed assignments/projects, two units: Visual Recording & Communication and Critical & Contextual Studies are externally set and assessed by BTEC. During year two five units are internally set and assessed assignments/projects, two units: Managing a Client Brief and Developing and Realising Creative Intentions in Art & Design are externally set and assessed by BTEC. Your work will be assessed through a mixture of practical tasks, supporting written material, projects presented in sketchbooks and controlled assessments set by BTEC. Your progress will be supported by regular on-going feedback throughout your course.

Course Cost

School Leavers, full_time: FREE

FREE to UK under 19s not in employment.

What Next...

  • Art and Design Level 4 Foundation Diploma
  • Higher education at university or college, including our BA (Hons) Graphic Design at University Centre Southend
  • Students have successfully progressed to degree courses in Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Illustration, Digital Advertising, Computer Games Design, Graphic Communication, Animation and Photography at a range of external HE institutions including Camberwell, Norwich, Goldsmith’s, UCA, UAL-London College of Communications, Falmouth, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Greenwich, Ravensbourne, Wimbledon and London Metropolitan Universities

Success Stories...

Successful alumna wants to help students and businesses connect

Successful alumna wants to help students and businesses connect

Course studied

Art and Design (Graphic Design) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Attending the college helped me try out all the different sectors of design and find the areas I most enjoyed.

A former student from South Essex College is now a successful graphic designer working with big brands.

Samantha Fairbrother, 34, studied Level 3 Graphic Design at the college before heading to the University of the Creative Arts to study a degree in the subject.

She’s now a senior graphic designer and account manager at P&W who work with clients such as Tesco, Nutella and Tetley.

Sam is also starting her own business called TernHeads. She’s on a mission to help students, educators and businesses collaborate and connect in an easier way.

TernHeads will be a website platform for students to upload their portfolios, access business directories and adverts for placements plus a forum to ask industry professionals questions.

She said: “I hope it will also allow businesses and educators across the UK to collaborate together on more live briefs and workshops, enabling students from all walks of life to get better access to their dream jobs.”

Sam credits the college with helping her find her future career. She added: “I always knew I loved to problem solve and create stuff but I didn’t really know how to funnel that into a tangible job title. Attending the college helped me try out all the different sectors of design and find the areas I most enjoyed.”

She has lots of advice for students who may be worried about finding a creative career after lockdown. She said: “Take this time to research companies and build yourself an action plan. Get prepared for when the lockdown is lifted because everyone is going to be a bit bruised and battered by this but the industry will need to rebuild and future talent will be a big part of that.

“Get connected and start talking to people. Join LinkedIn and join online groups to see what industry people are talking about. There are many designers out there who are willing to help their fellow creatives in any way they can so don’t be scared to ask for help or advice.”

For more information about TernHeads, visit www.ternheads.com Follow Sam @ternheads on Instagram where she’s happy to help answer more career questions for creatives.