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Get paid to be creative! As a Graphic Designer, you will express your creativity every day. As well as picking colour palettes, choosing imagery and type, you will have to be adaptable and think ‘outside the box’ to solve challenging design briefs. If you’re a creative type, enjoy learning about IT in creative industries and have an eye for detail, graphic design gives you the opportunity to bring your ideas to life.

Every design project from a small flyer to a major advertising campaign has the potential to make a difference to society. For instance, a poster campaign could encourage someone to donate blood; the right logo can help a local business attract more customers, or you can even just point people in the right direction through effective signage. Whatever you design, the ability to create change is very exciting.

The study of graphics is integral to all our vibrant and exciting Art and Design courses. Initially, you will acquire a broad art and design skill base, developing briefs and ideas via photography, fashion and textiles, 3D, fine art and graphics, trying new techniques and approaches to widen your creative perspective and thoroughly prepare you for your chosen specialist field of Graphic Design.

To enhance your studies, you will have access to fantastic, industry-standard facilities such as a Commercial Graphics Studio and Photography Studio equipped with IMac computers, 3D Modelling and & Animation Suite with Adobe Creative Cloud, Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design Studios with a 3D printer and laser cutter as well as individual fine art spaces.

Artists and practitioners come to College to talk about their work and experience. We work with galleries, universities and businesses to ensure you have the opportunity to showcase your work. Our annual End of Year Show gives you the opportunity to display your best work in a professional environment.

Graphic Design includes:

  • Typography
  • Branding
  • Illustration
  • Advertising & Publication
  • Environmental graphics
  • Packaging
  • Motion Graphics
Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – 5 GCSEs 9-4 or Art & Design Level 2 (Merit/Distinction) including English or maths GCSEs 9-4 and Art/Design Technology GCSE 9-5 Portfolio of Art & Design work
  • Level 2 – 4 GCSEs 9-3 including Art/Design Technology or Art & Design Level 1 Diploma including English & Maths GCSEs 9-2 and Portfolio of Art & Design work
  • Level 1 – 4 GCSEs 9-1 including English & maths Portfolio of Art & Design work

What you will study

  • Introduction to Materials, Processes & Skills
  • Introduction to Contextual Research
  • Introduction to Communication Skills
  • Solving 2D Creative Problems
  • Solving 3D Creative Problems
  • Solving Time-based Creative Problems
  • Art, Design & Media (Final Major Project)
  • Introduction to Materials, Processes & Technical Skills
  • Introduction to Contextual Research
  • Introduction to Drawing Skills
  • Introduction to Communication Skills
  • Solving 2D Creative Problems
  • Solving 3D Creative Problems
  • Solving Time-based Creative Problems
  • Developing a Personal Project (Final Major Project)
  • The Creative Process
  • Developing Creative Practice
  • Responding to a Set Brief
  • Researching a Specialist Industry Practice
  • Specialist Technical Skills Development
  • Specialist Creative Outcome

What's Next?

Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.

Further Study

  • Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Level 3/4)
  • Graphic Design BA (Hons)
  • Design for Industry BSc (Hons)


  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Designer for niche design agency
  • Graphic Designer for In-house department for a large company
  • Editorial Designer
  • Branding Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Printmaker
  • Digital Designer (screen)
Meet the team
  •   Presenting Keira Heckman with her T&A Award   •   Winner! Keira Heckman – Star Student of the Year (over 16)   •   Congratulations Keira Heckman, T&A Education Awards Nominee