Course Details

  • This course has been co-developed and designed with our industry partners and is one of our Industry Excellence Academy programmes. This means that you will be working with industry specialists including Creative Cow, giving you consistent opportunities to learn the skills required to work in the creative and digital sector.

    Creative Cow are an independent creative agency based in The Sharp Project, and during your time on the course you will have the opportunity to be exposed to a large range live briefs and projects that reflect the work that the industry is working on right now.

    Through this course you will learn skills to help you specialise in graphic design and communication, including areas like print design, digital design, branding, motion graphics, UX design & social media campaigns. We've put employment-focused skills at the heart of the course so you can confidently apply for creative and production jobs straight after leaving College.

    You’ll undertake employability sessions as part of your programme of study and work towards increasing your soft skills in order to make you more employable. You will also be required to complete a work placement of at least 35 hours and will have the opportunity to interview for the extended work placement of 315 hours. This could see you working with Creative Cow or with one of our other employer partners.

  • Please Click Here to view the specific entry requirements for our 16-18 Study Programmes.

    Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.

  • This course is assessed through written reports, blogs and diaries, sketchbooks, portfolio development, image creation, design solutions, audio-visual recordings, one to one feedback and interviews.

    There are no formal examinations connected to this course. Students overall grade will come from the final project assessed by tutors and moderated by the exam board at the end of each year.

  • Upon successful completion of this qualification, you could progress on to study for a degree level qualification at UCEN Manchester and complete a foundation degree in Creative Arts and Digital Media or apply for another university level degree course.
    Alternatively, you could progress straight on to a career as a:
    • Graphic designer
    • Illustrator
    • Art worker
    • UX designer
    • UI designer
    • Front end web/apps designer
    • Art director
    • Content creator in marketing
    • Pattern designer
    • Packaging designer
    • Print designer
    • Apparel designer


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  • This course is free to enrol on if you’re 16-18 years old, but if you’re over 19, you might have to pay a tuition fee for this qualification.

    If you need help with affording college, there are a number of different finance and funding options available to you. You might be eligible for special bursary support or extra help from the government. Have a look at our fees, finance & funding page to find out all the information you need.

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  • Do you have a burning question about this course, or would you like to know more about the qualification you’ll receive and how it will help your career?

    Our course enquiries team is on hand to help you understand any details and answer any questions – whether it’s about applying for the course or finding out about finance. Just get in touch here!

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In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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In our unique Industry Excellence Academy you’ll benefit from a programme of study that has been co-developed, and is co-delivered, with one of our industry partners.

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