About the course
This specialist course will give students a broad and creative education in the world of Graphic Design. The course has a reputation for producing innovative design work by motivated students. Students work on design in traditional and contemporary approaches - For example, using our outstanding Apple Mac facilities with highly qualified staff.
Entry is by interview (informal). Candidates will need either a minimum of four GCSE's Grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification. One of these must be in either English or Maths - or both. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss the course content and requirements during their interview and provide a portfolio of work demonstrating their creative ability (this includes sketchbooks and coursework form school). Applicants will need to be able to be motivated, manage their own time and have a mature outlook.
Successful students will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design). This is equivalent to 3 'A' levels, and this qualification is what universities and employers are looking for.
What you'll learn (core modules)
Students will be educated in rapid design skills such as typography, illustration, photography, digital media software, advertising/promotion and moving image. Students work with both traditional and modern techniques and technologies. Traditional, studio-based techniques such as drawing, darkroom photography, photo-montage and printmaking are delivered to develop raw visual communication skills. Alongside this, students are taught on industry-standard Apple Mac computers by highly skilled professionals. Students also learn to use software such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
See some of the work our students have created on behance.net.
Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.
Benefits, skills and character strengths
In the School of Art and Design we have a culture of outstanding standards. All courses require resilience, determination to succeed and professional conduct. Full attendance and meeting assignment deadlines is critical to success. We are preparing individuals for university education and employment. Building character strengths and ambition underpins everything we do.
How will I be assessed?
There are no 'exams' for any of our qualifications within the School of Art and Design. Assessment is of presentation of the set assignments by the different lecturers. 1-1 recorded feedback and targets are given at key milestones. All work is assessed and verified internally. The Final Major Project in term 3 is moderated externally. Final qualifications are awarded at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level. At Level 3 all qualifications provide relevant UCAS points for university entry.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
All aspects of the timetable are delivered in Leonardo House - a purpose-built Art School on the Bury St. Edmunds campus. Lessons are within specialist studios and workshops. These include 3D workshops, laser cutting/3D printing suite, fashion studios, a darkroom, photographic studios, ceramics workshop, drawing rooms, printmaking studio, interior design studio and 4 Apple Mac suites with over 120 I-Macs and 40 MacBooks.
Where will the course take me?
Students on this course have a great record of progressing to university degree courses and employment. The UAL Level 3 qualifications all carry the same UCAS points as equivalent A-levels. Art universities respond incredibly favourably to Extended Diplomas as they know that they have been delivered within a specialist Art School environment with specialist Lecturers.
Last year, 82 per cent of students progressed to university and 18 per cent were successful in finding employment. Students who decide not to progress to university generally undertake trainee employment positions within the creative industries. We have an outstanding track record of our students having amazing careers and fulfilling their dreams.
Successful students progressing from our Level 3 courses will be guaranteed an offer on the BA (hons) Graphic Design and Communication or BA (hons) Applied Interior Design here at The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
Students will need a range of basic art and design equipment and an A3 professional portfolio. Photographic paper and film will also need to be purchased. Having a computer (with design software) and an SLR camera would be an advantage. A fee for trip and enrichment is collected at the start of the year.
Days & times
Starting September 2020