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About the course

Welcome to the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design. This course will lead you onto a very exciting and fulfilling career in the creative industries. You will be taught a wide range of design skills such as typography, illustration, photography and moving image. You will also 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, you will be taught on industry-standard Apple Mac computers by highly skilled professionals. Expect to learn to use software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere and After Effects.



Entry requirements

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.


UAL Diploma (Extended) in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (specialist pathway: Graphic Design Extended Diploma Level 3)

What you'll learn (core modules)

During first term of the course you will be introduced to the world of graphic design through a selection of workshops that incorporate fast-paced tasks. Each week you will learn a new technique and will go on to design a variety of outcomes. This will ensure you build up your skillset quickly and efficiently to tackle the upcoming assignments in Terms 2 and 3.


In the second year of the course you will build upon your knowledge of graphic design and work on a variety of assignments. There are further opportunities to challenge your use of traditional and digital media such as learning how to photo-silkscreen printmaking and use After Effects for animating your graphics. Projects can include live competitions, collaborations with businesses and working on client led projects. It is an exciting time for your qualification as you will begin to make life changing decisions about your future in the creative industries and/or universities.


See some of our work via our dedicated Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/lch_graphic_design/


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.

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 2021

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