Course Details

  • If you’re creative and innovative, and love a technical and practical problem solving challenge, you might be at home in the graphic design industry. This Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma is the perfect starting place.

    You will explore, develop and test your creativity, learning how graphic design and visual communication is a vital part of almost everything around you. You’ll study visual language and the impact it has, tying this in with the design of solutions for advertising, packaging, interactive, branding and social media marketing scenarios. You’ll focus on the importance of illustration, typography & layout design in the design of print and screen-based communication, as well as learning about how contextual and historical perspectives can help inform and generate design ideas that work.

    This Diploma will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to progress to degree level study in visual arts and graphic design, or into employment in the growing UK creative industries. You’ll gain experience in a range of digital software, and develop the types of skills that will help in any future career. You’ll receive your Diploma from the University of the Arts London Awarding Body - the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.

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  • In the early part of the course, you will build your skills in all areas of study and receive assessment feedback, both part way through and at the end of each project. This will give you constructive advice to help you improve your performance. Your final grade will be assessed through a final major project.

    As part of the continuous assessment, you’ll be expected to study outside of designated art and design studio sessions, attend exhibitions and galleries and do further contextual reading, all of which requires an additional commitment outside of normal course hours.

  • After completing the first year of this course you’ll receive a Diploma qualification, and when you finish the second you’ll have an Extended Diploma qualification. From here, you can progress to a university-level course in a specialist discipline of your choosing, and may wish to apply for the Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice here at The Manchester College.

    You’ll also have a range of skills and experience to help you on the path to an exciting and rewarding career in the graphic design industry. You may wish to be a junior graphic designer or an animator, a product designer or an illustrator. The choice is yours, and you’ll find lots of opportunities in this growing sector.

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  • Along with any necessary course fees, you will be required to contribute to the cost of certain materials as part of your studies, and in the presentation of final portfolio and exhibition quality work. Any trips or visits are usually funded by yourself, but are sometimes subsidised by the College.

    You’ll find that there’s lots of different support available to help you pay for College and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.

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  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

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