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If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    About the course

    This is an introduction to the exciting world of Graphic Design. It will develop your visual and conceptual understanding of the subject and provide specialised studies linked to the graphic design profession, which will help learners seek employment. The course also offers a practical understanding of the skills required to develop careers within graphic design and its related industries.You will also gain a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for working life.

    Entry requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 4 (English and Art or Graphics/Media preferred). Portfolio of art and design work to show at interview.

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

    A materials fee of approximately £75 is payable at the beginning of each year to contribute towards some of the consumable materials such as paper, paint, printing ink, marker pens, layout pads etc. Budget £50 for your own materials and £30 for a portfolio. Costs (approx £75) of local visits need to be covered by the student.

    Awarding Body

    UAL (University of the Arts London)

    Why study?

    You will acquire a range of skills that will enable you to progress either to university or employment within graphics, advertising or associated fields. This course will give you the ability to make a career within a worldwide industry.

    You will carry out a number of practical projects covering graphics, digital media and print
    packaging, illustration, magazine design animation, typography and web design. You will also learn how to use traditional studio media such as marker visuals, drawing, painting and collage. You will have an opportunity to use the print room. You will be introduced to digital design. Working with Creative Suite you will learn how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and In Design.

    In year 2 you will work on live briefs and competitions, considering the audience for your art and design work. You will complete a self-directed Final Major Project in your chosen specialism. 

    Where will this course take me?

    As part of your main course of study you will explore career opportunities within the creative industries and appropriate progression routes.

    Core modules

    Year 1

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

    Year 2

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

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is coursework based through practical assignments, case studies and portfolio of work. At present there is no external assessment.

    Will I have to provide anything?

    A materials fee of approximately £75 is payable at the beginning of each year to contribute towards some of the consumable materials such as paper, paint, printing ink, marker pens, layout pads etc. Budget £50 for your own materials and £30 for a portfolio. Costs (approx £75) of local visits need to be covered by the student.

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

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