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.
- Course Information
Working with industry standard software in Apple Mac suites, you will explore and develop skills in a broad range of art and digital media, including typography, digital and traditional photography, drawing from observation, web design, and specialist illustration.
The first year is focused on developing your knowledge of graphic design and its related industries, whilst the second year develops your depth of understanding in the areas of graphics you wish to pursue as a career. It 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, please see our Level 3 in Art & Design.
- Equipment Required
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.
- Entry Requirements
For our Advanced Vocational courses our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade C/Level 4 including either Maths or English Language at Level 4 or above, and no less than a Level 3 in the other.
Some courses and subjects will have additional specific entry requirements or require DBS clearance to undertake placements. Information about this can be found on the Apply Portal, and on your offer letter which you will receive after your interview.
- How will I be assessed?
Through a portfolio of evidence which is internally assessed and externally moderated. You will be set theme based projects designed to develop visual language, research skills, 2D and 3D problem solving and critical and contextual awareness in Graphic Design.
- Progression Pathway
You can progress on to university to study a range of courses including: graphic design, animation and games design, illustration and photography, to name but a few. You can also progress within Runshaw to our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design – for more information visit us at https://www.runshaw.ac.uk/course/foundation-diploma-art-design-2/. Some students also progress on to non-art related degrees, apprenticeships and employment.
Graphic design students have many transferable skills including communication, creative thinking, organisation, time management and presentation. Our students develop problem solving and analytical ability, they transform ideas in to outcomes through in-depth research and develop attention to detail, fine motor skills and sensitivity. We encourage hard work, self-discipline and an ability to share ideas and work with others.