Explore visual language, research skills, project proposal and realisation and build your critical and contextual awareness through a series of live projects. You’ll deepen your knowledge of Art and Design and experiment with a range of specialisms including typography, illustration, 3D design, narrative storytelling, editorial layout and composition.

This course is enriched with a variety of trips and visits from guest speakers from the industry including photographers, fashion designers, illustrators and past students. You will have the opportunity to visit New York on the Creative Arts 5 day residential trip in February as well as regular project related trips throughout the year.

This course is 100% coursework based.

You will study a range of units including:

  • Introduction to visual language in art and design
  • Introduction to research skills in art and design
  • Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design
  • Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
  • An integrated approach to 2D problem solving in art and design
  • An integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art and design
  • An integrated approach to time-based problem solving
  • Developing an art and design project
  • Opportunities for progression in art and design

Year 2 modules include:

  • Characteristics and contexts in art and design
  • Preparation for progression in art and design
  • Engaging with an audience in art and design
  • Project proposal and realisation in art and design

Throughout this course you will develop and apply a broad range of transferable skills. You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Initiative
  • Independent inquiry
  • Creative thinking
  • Reflective learning
  • Team working
  • Self-management
  • Effective participation
  • Problem solving
  • Communication

You will have the opportunity to take part in weekly life drawing classes to develop your observational, figurative and mixed media skills. Every computer throughout the college has the latest Adobe Creative Suite software, allowing students to develop technical skills on industry standard technology as well as access to a range of traditional media including the Creative Arts department print room.

Specialist lecturers on the Level 3 Creative Arts Diplomas offer regular workshops to widen your skills which in turn can be applied to your project work.

Progress to the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design at University Centre Stamford or other degrees in Art, Design or Fashion at university. You could also enter employment as a Graphic Designer, Typographer, Packaging Designer, Editorial Designer, Digital Designer, Artworker, Creative Director or Image Maker. Former students have progressed to top Universities such as London College of Communication.

Assessment is completed through a portfolio of evidence which will be internally assessed. You can utilise your portfolio to take to University or job interviews to showcase your abilities.

There is an annual £60 studio fee for this course payable in September which ensures that you have access to the appropriate materials. You will also be expected to provide various materials necessary for the successful completion of coursework including sketch books, mount board etc.

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and maths, and an arts-based subject at grade 6/B, or a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma. You will also need to bring a portfolio of work to your interview. A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.

For Admission

Department : Graphic Design
Level : Level 3
Starts : 09 September, 2019
Duration : 1/2 Years Full Time
Course Code : ED3GDAP

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