Level 3 90 Credit Graphic Design

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £5421, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will help you to develop your skills in the main specialisms within graphic design. You will be encouraged to practice new techniques and undertake a work placement to collect evidence for your portfolio and prepare you for further education, or employment in a relevant area.


Aidan Coxhoe Football Club

Brief from Coxhoe Football Club

Graphic design student, Aidan Lowther, designed a new logo for Coxhoe Football Club.


You will build a good understanding of the subject by taking part in a range of design based activities and coursework. Each project is designed to give you an insight into a particular skill or specialism within graphic design. This means you will be given the opportunity to create additional evidence for your portfolio by trying new activities, and building new skills.

Working with traditional design techniques, and industry standard design software, you will express your creativity when given live briefs from local and national organisations. This course provides multiple opportunities for students to visit a variety of relevant art galleries and design based exhibitions to gather research for their own work.


This course will let you build an exciting portfolio of work whilst preparing you for progression into higher education or employment. The units you will study are as followed:
  • Basic Design Skills
  • Design Concept Work
  • Lettering and Typographical Design
  • Packaging
  • Branding
  • Editorial
  • Photography
  • Enterprise Ideas
  • Professional Practice
  • Interior/Surface Graphics
  • Animation/Digital Arts
  • Creative Thinking
  • Art & Design History
  • Computers in Art & Design
  • Professional Practice Studies

You will have the opportunity to work within several specialist workshops, including photography, screen print and 3D laser cutting. You will be competent using industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, along with other contemporary tools.

At the end of the year of study, you will present a final show case exhibition.


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

This course requires students to apply the skills they have developed by completing various coursework based assignments.

Teaching is mainly through practical projects, small group work, written assignments, presentations, and lectures. As well as developing your specialist skills, you will learn how to research, evaluate and present your ideas clearly, solve problems with creativity, and adopt a professional approach to your work.

You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the units of the qualification. This will be internally and externally moderated as the course progresses. Assessment and feedback are important parts of the course, therefore, you will be encouraged to have frequent feedback sessions with your tutor. We will set you targets, and aim to guide and support you throughout the course.

Maths and English


Maths & English

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

Industry links:

We have strong links with well-established design agencies in Newcastle and London. Many of our students have accepted work placements with award winning companies, and have continued to progress within the industry by securing a place in employment in graphic design, advertising, marketing, packaging design or print.


You will be encouraged to organise a work placement to build your skills to prepare you for employment within the industry.

You could progress to a relevant Level 3 course at New College Durham, or go into employment.

What else?

If you wish to browse digital portfolios, or create one of your own, visit Behance.
You can also visit our BTEC Graphic Design students' Instagram page here.
Design Week provides a lot of interesting information related to the design industry.


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

You will be required to purchase the following to support your learning:
  • A USB, hardrive or GoogleDrive 1G
  • Artistic Pencil (HB 2B, B 4B)
  • Set of fine liner
  • Stabilo Pens
  • Pritt stick and masking tape
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Portfolio
  • A4/A5 Sketchbook

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will be required to present a creative portfolio of work – these pieces do not have to be exclusively graphic design, we want to see what interests you.

Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

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Entry Criteria

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C (or equivalent), or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject. Ideally, your GCSEs will include English or maths, however, a Level 2 Certificate in Literacy or Numeracy will be considered.