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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design

Wakefield College

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Course Description

What you will study You will be based in our dedicated graphic design studio using industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign. You don’t need prior experience as you will learn all the software by starting with the basics. You will study practical, artistic and theory units which could include: - 3D Computer Modelling - Digital Imaging - Computers in Art and Design - Design for Advertising - Photography - Packaging Design - Website Design - 2D Animation - Typographic and Layout Design You will also undertake a range of live client based briefs and competitions, allowing you to develop a commercially relevant portfolio and a solid understanding of the design industry. There will be opportunities to submit your work to various design based clients. Good drawing ability is not essential, but creativity and imagination are vital. Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you. Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study. Your Course Structure This is a creative design course which is mostly practical, with artistic, research and theoretical content. This also includes day visits and an international residential trip. You will meet regularly with a Personal Tutor who will support your studies throughout the course and in Year 2 you will receive guidance on applying to higher education or employment. How you will learn You will be taught through workshop-based sessions that encourage hands on experience of industry standard software and techniques. You will use industry software and hardware to produce posters, business stationery, web sites, product packaging, magazine editorial, point of sale products, t-shirts and corporate identity. You will also learn about the graphic design industry and contemporary art, and there will be guest speakers. Study visits are important elements of this course. In previous years the international trips have been to Disneyland Resort Paris and Barcelona. Day trips have included Royal Armouries in Leeds, and the National Media Museum in Bradford. Students will also undertake higher education visits, including the University of Huddersfield.

What you will study You will be based in our dedicated graphic design studio using industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign. You don’t need prior experience as you will learn all the software by starting with the basics. You will study practical, artistic and theory units which could include: - 3D Computer Modelling -...

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Entry Requirements

- Five GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and an art and design or technical subject plus Maths at Level 2, or - BTEC Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent) at Merit plus Level 2 in English and Maths * Portfolio of visual work

- Five GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and an art and design or technical subject plus Maths at Level 2, or - BTEC Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent) at Merit plus Level 2 in English and Maths * Portfolio of visual work

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through assignments and practical project work that count towards your final grade. For each unit your work will be assessed as Pass, Merit or Distinction, and the qualification is gained by successfully completing all of the units.

You will be assessed through assignments and practical project work that count towards your final grade. For each unit your work will be assessed as Pass, Merit or Distinction, and the qualification is gained by successfully completing all of the units.

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