Level 3 in Graphics
Over a two year course you will develop a broad range of practical skills and techniques using traditional art materials as well as digital software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; you will develop confidence using Apple Macs, working to industry standard. Students who enjoy and successfully complete this course will progress onto further study or employment within the field of graphic design.
This course differs from GCSE Graphics / Graphics Products in that it does not include 3D Design. If you have an interest in pursuing a career in product or 3D related design (e.g. transport design, furniture design, architecture, and product design) you should enrol onto the BTEC Level 3 in Art and Design which does include 3 Dimensional Design units.
The first year is focused on developing your breadth of knowledge of graphic design and its related industries. The second year is about developing your depth of understanding, especially in the area of graphics you wish to pursue as a career. The second half of the second year is when you will complete a final major project where you will identify your own design brief to help you produce work that will help you into your chosen university course or career. The majority of your final grade is focused on this project, so you will gain the maximum chance of achieving high grades as this summative assessment does not come until right at the end of the two year course.
Students will study units such as:
- Computers in Art
- Digital and Traditional Photography
- Drawing from observation
- Web Site Design
- Specialist Illustration
You will be provided with some art materials and print credit to use in lessons, but you will also be expected to provide some of your own art equipment, which can be purchased at college.
5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalents), one of which must be GCSE Art or Design.
N.B. GCSEs must include maths and / or English at grade C in one and no less than a grade D in the other– preferably grade C in both. If you have a D in either maths or English, you will be timetabled to re-take GCSE in that subject.
- group work
- individual work
- some presentation and note taking
- mostly practical with work on computers / Macs
- some short essay writing
- annotation work (written analysis of own and others work)
- externally set practical exam
- final outcomes
Degree or employment in:
- Graphic Design
- Graphic Design (page layout, publicity, print)
- Web Design