Graphics and Digital Design - Level 3 Extended Diploma (Edexcel)
Qualification Obtained: BTEC National Extended Diploma in Art and Design
Packaging design, brand development, design for print, web design and digital media and CGI are just a few of the areas in which graphic design has a significant impact. Our vibrant and exploratory graphic design course will set you on the right path by helping you to develop an aesthetic and technical understanding of all kinds of visual communications. This industry focused course will look at typography, the impact of colour and shape, how to manipulate the latest computer applications and, most importantly, how to push the boundaries of your creative thinking and visual problem solving skills.
Graphic designers are required to have a good awareness of the world around them and should be able to tap into a depth of knowledge and experience that will allow them to be creative across a range of subjects. Our purpose is to guide your learning supplying you with essential knowledge of how to use the creative process, research methods, idea and concept development, the use of appropriate materials and methods, evaluation and reflection of creative practice.
You will have the opportunity to work on live briefs with real clients to give you a taste of what working in the industry is really like. What‘s more, if you excel in these assignments, there’s every chance you’ll get to see your work in print or online.
This course primarily attracts school leavers but we welcome those learners keen on upgrading skills and returning to study. You will have access to excellent facilities and staff with specialist ‘real world’ skills that will develop you for your future career and as part of your preparation for BA application.
Course Entry Requirements
If you have passion and interest in creative practice, and are prepared to work towards developing your potential we want to hear from you.
Successful applicants to this course will usually have:
- 5 GCSE’s at C and above of which one must be either English or Maths.
- It is an advantage if you have taken art, graphics or product design at GCSE level, but if you can evidence a skill and a passion in Design then we can help you with your future.
- We encourage conscientious and tenacious students, hardworking and dedicated. Punctuality and full attendance is also required; expectations are that we are training you for the workplace.
Career Options and Progression
The majority of students progress onto BA Honours Degree courses at Blackpool and the Fylde College and other institutions. Degree level study could include: 2D or 3D Visual Communication, Art, Design, Fashion, Photography, Graphics, Illustration, Architecture, Creative Industry Administration, Management or Teaching. Students may also apply for Level 3 Creative Apprenticeships to gain further qualifications in the workplace.
The North West has a burgeoning creative industry supported by significant investment in recent projects including Media City, Salford however the multi-disciplinary nature of a diploma in Graphics and Digital Design means graduating students will develop the skills to work towards a number of different industry environments and respond to a range of varying market demands.
Modules and Assessment
This year is primarily investigative, testing and exploring, learning visual language, materials processes and techniques, also how to research and contextually understand the wider art and design world. Learning how to use the creative process and modify and adapt these processes to suit your working methodology.
In total 6 Units are completed in Year One.
Builds on learning and achievements in Year One.
Optional units are used to refine and develop your skills and our aim is also to support your progression to Higher Education by producing a portfolio of your work ready for interviews.
In total 7 Units are completed in Year two.
Assessment is specifically designed to fit the qualification including a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector.
There are three main forms of assessment: External, Internal and Synoptic. Methods of assessment include practical, coursework and examination.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will be working on practical assignments where you will be producing art and design work, with a wide variety of techniques, materials, and methods. In addition you will be given the opportunity to investigate experimental approaches to your work, combining traditional and digital methods. You will be expected to research, plan, explore, develop, produce and then evaluate and reflect on your ideas.
The primary teaching method is specialist workshop based demonstration and experimentation which is supported by individual and group based projects and briefs.
Work Placement and Field Trips
There will opportunities for field trips throughout the year these are subject to confirmation, as and when relevant events arise.
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
Specialist and industry standard equipment is available for use to all our students.
Students are expected to cover the costs of their art materials and an indicative list of materials is supplied at the start of the course which includes things like basic drawing equipment.
The college has its own art shop, and there is a comprehensive art and design shop 15 minutes’ walk away from the college.
Trips that are organised by the college will have a fee attached to them. Full details of which will be given to students at the start of their course.
All specialist equipment and software is available for use at the college. It is at the students’ own discretion if they choose to buy additional software for their own use.
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