Graphic Design


Graphic Design

Graphic design is everywhere you look – from your cereal box, to the advert at the bus stop – and the industry is thriving. If you are a creative, visual and practical person, a course in graphic design can set you up for a very rewarding career. Graphic designers use in-depth understanding of advertising and composition to make sure a product or message really stands out, and you too will have the chance to develop the skills and contextual understanding to succeed in this fast paced industry.

Course Information

  • Levels available 2 / 3
  • Start Date 02/09/2019
  • Course Ref GRAPHIC
  • Location Bletchley Campus
  • Fees £ FREE for 16-18
    19+ Please see below

If you are over 19+ then please contact us for more information

What will I do?

Your graphic design course will help you to develop your technical and creative skills, whilst also focusing on your future career. You will learn to use industry standard software, including Adobe Suite, which will be required in the workplace. Work on real live projects and choose from a variety of work experience opportunities such as; working with local printers or media marketing companies. You will be learning from teachers with solid industry experience, who will share their wealth of knowledge and contacts. You will also be surrounded by like-minded peers, who are just as passionate about graphic design as you are.

At level 2 you will study Digital Arts, which will offer you an introduction into digital image creation through the fields of illustration, graphics, video, animation and photography. On successful completion of the level 2 you can then move on to study either graphic design or photography at Level 3.

View course specific highlights

What's next?

As part of your course, you’ll work on live briefs and undertake work experience. This will not only help you build industry contacts but also enhance your portfolio of work, which will be crucial to show off your skill set to future employers or clients. Most graphic design roles require a higher education qualification, so you could progress on to the HNC or HND here at the College after your Level 3 course.

Is it for me?

Have you got a creative eye? Are you able to think outside the box when it comes to convention? You must have impeccable attention to detail and precision, and be highly imaginative to continually come up with fresh ideas. You must have a curious nature, be open to learning new things and have fantastic communication skills. Patience, reliability and determination are key traits of every successful graphic designer.

If you are creative, enjoy expressing yourself through digital media, and are looking for a career in this field, this course is ideal to improve your current skills and learn new ones.
This course focuses on art in the digital age, and combines traditional art and design skills with design technologies and software. There is a strong emphasis on drawing as a way to plan, develop and create art work as this is an important skill in industry. The course offers an introduction to digital image creation through the fields of illustration, graphics, video, media, animation and photography.
This is an ideal place to start if you want to progress to study a Level 3 in Graphics, Photography or Art & Design.

Level Highlights

  • A focus on art in the digital age
  • Opportunities to combines traditional techniques with digital technologies and software
  • A focus on the skills you will need in the industry
  • The first step to studying graphics, art or photography at Level 3 the following year
  • Opportunities to exhibit and present work
  • Trips to London and local area to aid inspiration

Entry Requirement

  • 4 GCSEs, 2 at grade E/2 or above and a further 2 at grade D/3 or above including Graphic Design or Media Art.

This Graphic Design course has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study. Through the course you will be given the opportunity to explore, develop and test your creativity whilst also addressing needs and expectations of audience you are working for.

If you find yourself constantly doodling, whether it’s in a notebook or using software? Whether its typography, imagery, illustration or something more technical that grabs your attention, then this course is for you. If you are a creative, visual and practical person, this qualification can set you on the right path for you, as well as help you to decide exactly what that path is.

You will be introduced to an exciting variety of graphics materials, techniques and new technology applications, develop your contextual understanding, research and problem solving skills, critical awareness and time management abilities. All the skills you need to be a successful Graphic Designer.

Level Highlights

  •  Guest speakers and industry workshops during employability week
  • Learning to use industry standard software, including Adobe Creative Suite
  • Apply for the opportunity to display your work at an external exhibition
  • Internal and external experience on real live projects
  • Work experience opportunities such as working with local printers, design and advertising agencies

Entry Requirement

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language and an Art and Design related subject.

16-18: N/A
19+: £8583
Advanced Learner Loan: £8583
Overseas: £8583
Funding support may be available on this course, click here to find out more.


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