In this course, you will be taken on a journey of digital design discovery where you will learn and develop your use of materials, techniques and processes to become an innovative digital designer.
You will explore typography, drawing, animation, sound and photography to produce innovative digital design work. You will work on a range of project briefs that are industry based to allow you to experience the real working world of a graphic designer. This will also include presentation of your work in a boardroom meeting scenario in which you received feedback from potential clients.
You will have access to a range of advanced digital design software, which includes Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You will learn how to use digital cameras, image scanners and graphics tablets, which will allow you to produce 2D graphics, digital illustration, motion graphics and animation while documenting your progress within a digital sketchbook.
On the course, you are the designer and will have creative direction of your designs by exploring your own ideas and concepts with regular teacher feedback and all of our teachers have industry design experience.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C including English and Maths
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  • A portfolio of art/design work should be presented at interview

What will I study?

Equivalent to: 

  • 1 A-Level

Awarding Body:

  • Pearson Education Ltd

Course Content

  • This course consists of four units of which three are mandatory and one optional. Out of the four units, two are externally assessed.
  • The mandatory units are:
    • Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication (120 GLH)
    • Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design (90 GLH)
    • Unit 3: The Creative Process (90 GLH)
  • The optional unit is:
    • Unit 10: Graphics Materials, Techniques and Processes (60 GLH)

*GLH Guided Learning Hours. Unit 1 and 2 are externally assessed. The structure is subject to change.

Where does it lead?

By completing the course, you can gain work placements, apprenticeship opportunities and employment as well as entry into university or other higher education courses. It can help you to develop a career path in any of the following areas: graphic design, illustration, art direction, video and animation, art, photography and advertising.