Level 2 Technical Diploma Design Production (Graphics)

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This intermediate course will provide you with specialist graphic design skills for further study or a career in the creative industries. It will also enable you to fully understand the design process as you take a concept through to realisation.


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Students have designs on dance company

Students have been working on a live brief for an innovative dance company.


Viral Campaign Poster

A student's final major project went viral after being shared on the RSPCA's social media. 


Developed in close conjunction with leading employers, this course aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop transferable workplace skills. Skills such as good communication and the ability to work in a team have been identified by employers as essential for gaining employment in the sector, and for progression once you are working.

At the end of the qualification, you will understand the design process and be able to take a concept through to realisation. You will understand through practical engagement the work that goes into design and realising design. The qualification develops understanding and technical skills through mandatory units.

Have a look at our students' work here.


  • Design Thinking – This unit explores design thinking methods through practical workshops and projects.
  • Design Production Techniques – This unit develops practical skills in design production techniques and processes which are used in the design industries. You will develop the skills required to produce design ideas and prototypes.
  • Working with Client Briefs – This unit explores the requirements of client briefs used in the design industries and how to integrate feedback into designs with reference to a target market. This unit will enable you to gain the skills required to plan, pitch and present design ideas that address the needs of the market to a client.
  • Design Realisation – This unit develops practical skills in producing design prototypes and realising designs within design constraints. You will develop your knowledge and experience with design production techniques to refine and realise design proposals.
  • Developing a Design Portfolio – This unit develops the skills and knowledge needed to produce a design portfolio to support further progression in this field. This unit is designed to build on the skills you have gained through the qualification.
  • Creative Design Project – This unit explores the skills needed to develop and produce a design in response to an externally set creative brief.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


9am-12noon and 1pm-4pm
9am-12noon and 1pm-4pm
9am-12noon and 1pm-4pm
9am-12noon and 1pm-4pm
9am-12noon and 1pm-4pm
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to skills and occupationally-based qualifications at this level.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

We have extensive links with employers to provide you with the opportunity to undertake live briefs. Employers we have recently worked with include:
  • Durham Country Council
  • Durham Constabulary
  • Durham Park and Ride
  • Hoam Grown CIC
  • Bar Metro (Keswick)
  • Roots and Wings.


As part of your qualification, you will undertake structured work experience or work placements that develop yours skills and knowledge relevant to the qualification and industry needs.

You could progress to a Level 3 qualification in a related subject area, which would then give you the opportunity to progress to a university level qualification.

Alternatively, you could pursue a career in the industry, which could include working in design consultancies or studios, advertising and PR agencies, museums, local authorities, schools, colleges and hospitals, and in roles within advertising design, event branding and corporate communication.

Meet our students

Daniel Summerhill CS

Daniel Summerhill

Former graphic design student Daniel has joined the talented team of creatives at London agency Mccgic.

Jonathan Minns CS

Jonathan Minns

Having left New College Durham with a Foundation Degree in Graphic Design, Jonathan now works as a freelance Graphic Designer.

What else?

See the following websites for jobs in the industry:
Creative Review
Design Week


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Additional Costs

It is advised that you purchase a 500GB hard drive and a 32GB SDHC card for video.

You may be required to purchase an A3 portfolio and A4 and A3 sketckbooks, as well as Fine Liners. We ask all students to contribute £30 to trips and visits - this is payable in September.


Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend an interview.
At interview, you will be given details of the programmes available in Graphics, meet some of the curriculum team and have an opportunity to see the classrooms in which you will study. The lecturer who interviews you will ask a series of questions to find out more about you and your career aspirations and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the course. Your parent/guardian is welcome to attend the interview with you.

You are required to bring a portfolio or sketchbook of work, which shows an overview of your interests, drawing skills and digital skills. Examples might include: photography work, presentations, logos, poster designs or examples of 2D or 3D work.
Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

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Entry Criteria

  • Four GCSEs at intermediate grades (D or higher) and/or BTEC qualification(s) achieved at Level 1.
  • At least Level 1 equivalent achievement in English and maths through either GCSE or Functional Skills.