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Start date: 01/09/2018 - SGS WISE
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma/Extended
Code: 114507
Cost: N/A


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Level 3 Diploma/Extended Graphics and Illustration

Full time course


Graphics and Illustration are all around us, explaining, decorating and imposing meaning on the world we live in. From children's books to magazine layouts, this course will introduce you to the expansive world of graphics and illustration and give you the opportunity to experiment and explore a wide range of contemporary and traditional graphic processes, combined with other varied, important and relevant art and design skills. We aim to develop learners who are innovative thinkers and problem-solvers, to create determined artists and designers, as well as inspiring you to develop original and exciting artwork.

What will I study?

  • Printmaking
  • Graphics and typography
  • Book illustration
  • Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Mixed media
  • Moving image/Animation
  • Photography
  • Collaborative working
  • Creative sketchbooks and book binding
  • Exhibition Practice
  • Drawing techniques
  • Contextual influences
  • 3D Design
  • Narrative image making

Maths & English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or a Functional Skills programmes alongside their main course.


The Creative Industries sector is thriving in this country, but it is on the whole a graduate industry. Most of our students go on to Higher Education although some also find work in the sector and some go on to do a Creative Apprenticeship.

Work experience

Students are directed and supported to seek opportunities relevant to their specialism to experience a working environment, whether this is a Live Project set by industry, creative competitions or working for a local or national company.

Additional qualifications

Employability qualifications may be offered if applicable.

What do I need to join?

You will need to show a portfolio of creative work at interview. You will need to be motivated and have a passion for art and design. You need to have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with merit or distinction grades, and a proven record of attendance. If you do not have Maths and/or English at grade 4 (grade C), you can take Functional Skills classes in these subjects at college or study GCSEs if you have gained grade 4 (grade D) previously.

How long is the course?

The course will last 2 years, involving up to 4 days a week at college. You will also need to undertake independent study.

How will I learn?

Students will learn through practical experience and experimenting with processes, guided by supportive, experienced tutors. Most of the time will be spent developing project work, learning a range of processes through studio practice, and visits to galleries and inspirational locations. Students will also have the opportunity to work on live projects, where their work will be used in a professional environment.

How will I know how I am doing?

Project work is set with structured achievable targets organised around practical assessment. You will also discuss project work through group critiques, with verbal feedback from tutors and peers. Regular tutorials and reviews will take place with your personal tutor to discuss targets and progress.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be costs for material fees, educational visits and a foreign trip. Financial support may be available in certain circumstances.

What can I do next?

Most of our students go on to Higher Education, Apprenticeships or employment. Our students can progress to the best degree courses in the country in every subject.

What are my career options?

  • Junior graphic designer
  • Book illustrator
  • Technical illustration
  • Digital graphics designer
  • Freelance illustrator
  • Merchandise designer
  • A varied range of careers within the creative industries
  • Web designer
  • Design apprenticeships


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Diploma/Extended Graphics and Illustration

Start date: 01/09/2018
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma/Extended
Code: 114507
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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01/09/2018 31/07/2020 SGS Stroud
01/09/2018 31/07/2020 SGS WISE