Level Three Foundation Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design)

This is a practical, multi-disciplinary programme which is project-based throughout. The projects will have a vocational element (ie introduction to the world of work) and the programme will include a live brief or a competitive element as appropriate (eg live commission/submission to a competition).

The programme offers a broad experience aimed at developing specialist skills for the graphics industry (techniques/ideas development/visual language) along with critical analysis and appreciation of historical and contemporary issues.

The first year involves the introduction and exploration of a wide range of subject areas which encourage the development of individual approaches and personal preferences.

In the second year learners will be encouraged to become more involved with the design of project briefs leading to more independent study choices and highly individual bodies of work in order to make appropriate choices for progression.

What will I study?


  • Visual recording (drawing/photography)
  •  Materials, techniques and processes
  • Ideas and concepts
  • Communication through art and design
  • Image manipulation using computer applications
  • Lens-based media
  • Graphics media, techniques and technology
  • Typographic and layout design
  • Website design
  • Illustration and narrative Image
  • Mixed media
  • Package design
  • History and contextual studies
  • Personal and professional development
  • Setting up a studio


How will I be assessed?

These courses are assessed through practical activities and written coursework depending on the subject matter. Course work and practical assessments are based on realistic workplace situations and live assignments where appropriate.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs grade A*-C/4- 9 to include English
  • Or level two diploma (merit)
  • Or first diploma (merit)
  • Or NVQ level two
  • Or equivalent

What next?


Successful completion of the programme will qualify you for employment within the industry or entry on  to e appropriate degree programmes at colleges and universities throughout the country. This includes our related level four BTEC higher national certificates, the Level Five BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (fashion, graphic design and interactive media pathways are also available) the BA (Hons) in Media, Design and Production.


Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Full Time 2018 Higher Education Apprenticeships 2018 Summer Part-time course guide