Graphic Design and Illustration Extended Diploma Level 3
- September 2023, Full Time
This course is hands on and practical with elements of digital art and design, however the main focus is on hand drawing, illustration and typographic design, form and composition. The course is designed to ensure you work to best practices which means you will work with a range of local and national companies to produce content. This client focused approach helps you develop the creative problem solving and collaborative working skills that are highly valued by employers.
Why Our College?
Public art exhibitions
Our students exhibit their work to family, friends, the public and local employers at the end of each year.
Our Creative Arts students have access to exclusive facilities in our state of the art Creative Arts Building
University of the Arts London
All of our creative arts courses are awarded by the University of the Arts London
A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C/4 and/or a relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit or Distinction, as well as a recent varied portfolio of work to be presented at interview. In addition an academic reference will be required.
The Level 3 Extended Diploma has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.
It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.
The objectives of these qualifications are to enable students to:
1 Develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work.
2 Research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions.
3 Understand, adapt and use appropriate practical skills.
4 Solve complex problems through the application of art, design or related practical, theoretical and technical understanding.
5 Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results.
6 Use evaluative and reflective skills to take responsibility for their own learning, development and decision making.
7 Take responsibility for the research, planning, time and actions required to access progression opportunities.
8 Present themselves and their work.
This two-year course is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden student’s skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require students to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders. A final end-point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides the student’s overall grade for the first and second year which is graded at: PASS/HIGH PASS/MERIT/HIGH MERIT or DISTINCTION.
Successful completion of the two-year Extended Diploma will provide a fantastic platform for university level study. We also run our Foundation Diplomas in Art & Design and our Media Learning Company for students wanting an extra year at college to prepare for the demands of university level study or support their career into the creative industries: https://www.ccn.ac.uk/16-18/course-types/art-foundation-and-pre-degrees/?query=foundation
City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as NUA, London College of Communication and Central St Martins to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. We also work collaboratively with local, national and international artists and creative agencies to provide fantastic experience of work for our students and also to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.
For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the creative industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers.
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over fees may be payable. In addition to this there will be costs for Uniform of steel toe capped boots, trousers and logo shirt. Approximate costs £40 Please check our Finance pages for information on financial support, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively, please contact the Advice Shop.