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Graphic Design

UAL Diploma in Creative Practice: Graphic Design

  • Course Type: Diploma

What can this course lead to?

Progress to the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design at University Centre Peterborough or other degrees courses such as; Graphic Design / Product Design / Creative Marketing / Games and Animation / 3D Visual Effects / Interior Design / Theatre set design / Architecture and many others at Universities throughout the country. Former students have progressed to top Universities such as London College of Communication. You could also enter employment as a Graphic Designer, Typographer, Packaging Designer, Editorial Designer, Digital Designer, Artworker, Creative Director or Image Maker.

Who is it for?

Explore visual language, research skills, project proposal and realisation and build your critical and contextual awareness through a series of live projects. Every computer throughout the college has the latest Adobe Creative Suite software, allowing you 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.

What is covered?

Year 1

Unit 1 The Creative Process This unit requires students to explore and interrogate the creative process fully through its various stages. Students will explore, apply and assess the different stages of the creative process in order to develop an understanding of the separate activities within each stage, and how these activities inform one another holistically. Students will investigate and develop these skills through introductory projects and workshops that require them to engage with and show an increasing ability to identify and apply creative process skills. Activities in this unit will be underpinned by an introduction to the creative industries, where students will develop a contextual understanding of the role the creative process plays in the development of creative arts outcomes and products across a broad spectrum of specialist practices and vocational roles.

Unit 2 Developing Creative Practice This unit requires students to learn about what a creative practice is along with gathering knowledge of various materials, techniques and processes used across 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional creative practices. Students will also explore, experiment and refine their use of 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional practical skills associated with a creative practice, as well as developing an understanding of how to safely use creative practice skills to solve problems, develop outcomes and present work appropriate to the creative practice.

Unit 3 Responding to a Set Brief In this unit, students will be synoptically assessed on the all the learning they have developed throughout the qualification, by responding to a set vocational brief. They will demonstrate their ability to develop a project proposal, generate ideas and produce and present outcomes that respond to a set brief. They will also be expected to demonstrate practical skills to realise creative outcomes, reflect on the creative process, and use reflective practice to inform and direct the choices they make and how successful they have been in meeting the brief.

Year 2 Units

Unit 4: Researching a Specialist Industry Practice

Unit 5: Specialist Technical Skills Development

Unit 6: Specialist Creative Outcome

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and maths, and an arts-based subject at grade 6/B or above.

Alternatively a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths, or a pass for functional skills Level 2 English and Maths.

This course requires an interview/informal chat before a place can be offered, and before your interview you will need to submit a portfolio of artwork to demonstrate your artistic strengths. You will also need to complete an assignment in the summer set at the close of the academic year.

A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective ‘6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks – subject to course availability
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy / too hard – subject to course availability
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well
Our course enquiries and admissions team can be contacted at should you have any further questions.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
1 to 2 Years Full-time
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