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Level 3 Diploma in Graphic Design

Level 3 Diploma in Graphic Design

Level 3 Diploma in Graphic Design

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If you are looking for a course that is project based and will introduce you to the world of graphic design, illustration, typography, computer graphics and image-making, then thisĀ courseĀ could be for you. Throughout the course, you will be extending your creative skills as well as identifying your own strengths and individual career direction for the future.

This is a Study Programme course which, if successful, leads to theĀ 90 credit qualification over one year andĀ progression to theĀ full 180 credit qualification over 2 years.

First year units:

  • Visual Recording in Art & Design
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • Communication through Art and Design
  • Contextual Influences in Art and Design
  • Computers in Art & Design
  • Graphic Media, Techniques and Technology
  • Typefaces and Letter Forms
  • Graphic Image Making

Second year units:

  • Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art & Design
  • Personal and Professional development
  • InformationĀ Graphics
  • Image Manipulation using Computer Applications
  • Mixed Media Image Making
  • Experimental imagery in Photography
  • Words and Images in Graphic Design
  • Lens-based Image Making

The course could help you progress on to a Higher Education course in a related area such as Graphic Design, Illustration or Multimedia. Alternatively, you may wish to apply for employment in a design related field such as graphic design studios, printing firms, publishing houses and advertising agencies.

The course includes trips and visits to exhibitions, galleries and artists talks.Ā There will also be opportunities for ā€˜liveā€™ projects, and a chance to exhibit work in a college exhibition.

This course is a Study Programme which consists of:

  • Vocational Qualification
  • Work Experience
  • Tutorial
  • Maths*
  • English*

*If you have not already achieved a GCSE pass at grade C or above in English and Maths you will study Maths and/ or English as an integral part of your college programme.


This course requires 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C in the old grade structure) or above including one an art-based subject and English or maths.

A relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit Level with GCSE/Level 2 in English & maths. If you have a Pass grade you will complete an additional assessment to check course suitability.

A portfolio of drawings/design work is required for presentation at interview.

This course is free for 16-18yrs; for 19-23yrs, course is free if you have not achieved a full Level 2 qualification.

For all other students fees apply:
Course fee Ā£8583; Exam Fee TBC

Course Summary

Length of study:
Duration: 1 or 2 years


Term dates

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Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, youā€™ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses thereā€™s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers.Ā Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

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