Graphic Design

Cambridge Introductory Diploma Level 3

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Graphic Design, OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma AF-GRDE3Y-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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Graphic Design will introduce you to a creative and inspiring world. It is an exciting industry that covers a wide spectrum of practices such as advertising, illustration, magazine design, logos, branding and animation. If you are interested in a creative and commercial career, this could be the course for you. You’ll develop traditional skills such as drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D work and combine them with photography, film and computer aided drawing to create innovative and exciting work.

You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for you if you prefer coursework.

A grade 5 in a creative or technical GCSE subject.

At HSDC Alton on the Graphic Design Introductory Diploma you will study:

  • Six units over two years covering a range of design related subjects, including graphics, illustration, CAD (computer aided design), typography, photography and animation.
  • Challenging live project work to enable you to develop your creative and technical skills, in both traditional and electronic media.
  • Interesting facts about contemporary and historical artists, illustrators and designers.
  • A strong foundation of skills in visual communication including illustration, typography, layout skills and idea generation techniques.
  • How to generate ideas and problem solve, whilst following the design process.
  • How to produce successful, professional and imaginative outcomes in response to both set and self-initiated project briefs and as your skills develop

Lessons activities are wide ranging and stimulating from theory based to practical exploration.  You will learn and develop a variety of techniques within drawing, illustration, typography, laser cutting, print making, collage, textiles and photography. You will develop your own ideas by researching into other artists and be encouraged to examine the commercial world around you.  You will be given the freedom to work through, explore and experiment with a wide range of traditional and digital techniques and processes, using the latest Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

100% coursework assessed and may include portfolio work – there are no exams.

Purchase of Graphic Design consumables : £10 per project (approximately).

Optional trips from £20 each.

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student