Level Three Foundation Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Level Three Foundation Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design)
Code 3009
Qualification Type National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a practical, multi-disciplinary programme which is project-based throughout. The projects will have a vocational element (ie introduction to the world of work) and the programme will include a live brief or a competitive element as appropriate (eg live commission/submission to a competition).

The programme offers a broad experience aimed at developing specialist skills for the graphics industry (techniques/ideas development/visual language) along with critical analysis and appreciation of historical and contemporary issues.

The first year involves the introduction and exploration of a wide range of subject areas which encourage the development of individual approaches and personal preferences.

In the second year learners will be encouraged to become more involved with the design of project briefs leading to more independent study choices and highly individual bodies of work in order to make appropriate choices for progression.


Visual recording (drawing/photography)

 Materials, techniques and processes

Ideas and concepts

Communication through art and design

Image manipulation using computer applications

Lens-based media

Graphics media, techniques and technology

Typographic and layout design

Website design

Illustration and narrative Image

Mixed media

Package design

History and contextual studies

Personal and professional development

Setting up a studio

How will it be delivered?

These courses are assessed through practical activities and written coursework depending on the subject matter. Course work and practical assessments are based on realistic workplace situations and live assignments where appropriate.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs grade A*-C/4- 9 to include English

Or level two diploma (merit)

Or first diploma (merit)

Or NVQ level two

Or equivalent

Your next steps...

Successful completion of the programme will qualify you for employment within the industry or entry on  to e appropriate degree programmes at colleges and universities throughout the country. This includes our related level four BTEC higher national certificates, the Level Five BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (fashion, graphic design and interactive media pathways are also available) the BA (Hons) in Media, Design and Production.