Graphic Design
Faculty of Art and Design
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Art and Design Level 3 - Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma (UAL) Centre for Creative Industries

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Student can choose to study for a Diploma / Extended Diploma in one of four specialist pathways: Fine Art, Graphics, Photography and Textiles.
This course is ideal for students who wish to study Art and Design predominantly and who are committed to a career within this field. It is equivalent to three A Levels and is universally recognised as an entry qualification for degree level study.

Most of the work is practical and studio/workshop based. There will be whole class discussions and lectures on the more theoretical aspects of the course. Your lecturers will work closely with you and you will be encouraged, as the course progresses, to develop your own interests. Your work will be assessed at the end of each year. You take part in a final exhibition to celebrate your work.

Wherever we go we bump into Graphic Design. Posters, websites, packaging, illustrations, billboards amongst others are all examples and they are all trying to tell us something, communicate with us. As varied as the work is there are fundamentals that need to be learned in terms of colour, shape, layout, typography, computer software and working to briefs.

Your work will be assessed at the end of each year. You take part in a final exhibition to celebrate your work.

What topics will I study?

You will:

  • Be introduced, in the first term, to various art and design practices alongside other students on different Extended Diploma programmes.
  • Be taught a range of techniques and processes in our fully equipped studios
  • Enjoy a balance of a practical/studio work alongside developing an understanding of design theories and commercial practices
  • Visit galleries, including an optional residential visit abroad
  • Define your individual style and build up a strong portfolio of work.

What experiences will I get?

You will visit galleries, including an optional residential visit abroad.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English language. If you don't have a grade 4 in maths, you will be required to study for this alongside your course.
Plus standard entry requirements: Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, plus three GCSEs at grade 3 or above.
Subject specific entry requirments or recommendations: You should have art at grade 6 or above and an interest in and commitment to art and design and you will have to present a portfolio of artwork at your interview.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

The Art and Design Faculty has numerous art studios, a print workshop, a ceramics workshop, a 3D workshop, photographic darkrooms, fashion and textile workspace, IT rooms with industry standard software eg: Photoshop, Flash, Motion, Stop Motion Pro and Final Cut Pro software on PCs and Macs.

What can the course lead on to?

You could progress to specialist courses at Exeter College, including a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and then one of our Foundation Degrees. Alternatively, you could begin your career in graphic design, illustration, photography, fine art, animation, web design, teaching, architecture, or interior design. This is the preferred progression route for top arts universities including our progression partners at UAL.

Are there any additional costs?

Some essential materials will be provided by the college. There is a materials and equipment fee of £80.00 to be paid at enrolment at the start of your course. You are likely to spend at least £80.00 per term on other additional materials and equipment. You will be invited to take part in study visits to exhibitions; a typical day visit to London costs £25.00-£35.00. There may be the opportunity to participate in a residential visit abroad.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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