Vocational Course

Graphic Design BTEC Level 3

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About this course

Are you bursting with creative ideas and ready to take your next step towards a career in the creative industries? This course will provide you with the essential skills you need to land your first job in visual design or progress to university.

You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

As well as learning about design, you develop the skills you need to start a career such as writing an eye-catching CV, contributing to a discussion and making a presentation.

What will I learn?

The course has 18 units: five core units and 13 further specialist units. The specialist units enable you to study particular areas in depth, for example advertising or illustration.

In Year 2 many students create their own briefs, which can help them have a good body of relevant work in their portfolios.

So if you want to be a games character designer, a children's book illustrator or film title designer we can help you get there by creating sketchbooks of research, ideas and development.

You will explore a range of practices using a variety of materials from drawing and printmaking to professional computer techniques.

How will I be assessed?

Supervised by our highly trained and experienced teaching staff, Graphics is completely coursework assessed. You work on realistic design assignments that have set deadlines to meet, in order to encourage professional time management practice.

There are a number of skills that you will develop such as illustration, photography, computer design, advertising and digital drawing. You need to show evidence as you go along of the way you created the work. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work at the College's end of year exhibition.

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

Specific Requirements

  • Art or Graphics at grade C (A subject-related BTEC Level 2 Diploma may also be considered)

You will also need to present a portfolio of work at an appropriate level for the course, this can be school and/or personal work. Please bring photographs if you can't get hold of your work at the time of interview.

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Graphics, Web Design & Multi Media HNC or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and Professional Qualifications
  • University - a degree in a related subject or an higher level course in a creative subject
  • Careers - architect, product, web, interior and fashion design

Additional Information

It would be beneficial to have a working space at home to continue your projects off-campus. Save money in a 'College Fund' for trips, materials and having fun on visits!