Graphic Design & Illustration | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Practice | Level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0324-1C
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you would like a career in graphics or illustration or a related area, then this is the course for you. Based within the exciting and vibrant creative industries department, our graphic design & illustration course provides you with the opportunity to build your skills in a variety of areas including design, drawing, print and digital design.

This course can be studied over two years; the UAL Diploma is completed in the first year and the UAL Extended Diploma in the second year.

Year 2 is a continuation of your studies to a more advanced level. You will further develop your skills and techniques and undertake an advanced major project.

  • Industry-standard Macs, PCs and software
  • Access to a range of specialist facilities (print workshops, photography studios, 3D workshop)
  • Opportunities to work on live briefs
  • Industry expert teachers


About this course

You will build your skills in a variety of areas including design, drawing, print and digital design. With projects across advertising, packaging, illustration, typography, branding, print and digital design, you will discover your strengths and define your future path. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to develop the skills to progress to a career in the creative graphics and Illustration industries with the energy and confidence to thrive.

Topics and course units include

Year 1 (Diploma):

Project and assignment based learning using traditional and digital materials, techniques and processes. Supported by research skills and critical and contextual awareness.

  • Corporate identity / Logo design
  • Poster design
  • Illustration
  • Concept art

Year 2 (Extended Diploma):

  • Advanced project and assignment based learning.
  • Extended Photoshop and Illustrator study
  • Advertising and publicity
  • Applied illustration
  • Developed concept art
  • Live briefs
  • Historical and contemporary knowledge
  • Portfolio building
  • Final major project and exhibition

Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths, or a Level 2 qualification. You should also have a portfolio of your art/design work.

Portfolio review with the course tutor.

Your portfolio of work must demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You are required to bring sketch books, evidence of research and observational drawings, examples of developmental work as well as some final pieces. We are also interested in looking at work you have completed in your own time. There are a number of parental consultation evenings scheduled throughout the year which provide parents with the opportunity to gain feedback on your progress made at college.

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 Art & Design course.

Your next steps...

After this course

Further study

On successful completion of the Diploma (Year 1), you can progress to the Extended Diploma (Year 2).

Following completion of the Extended Diploma, you can progress to university-level course, either at the MET or at universities throughout the UK.

Our West Durrington Campus is a creative arts space with students studying at degree level in art & design disciplines as well as theatre arts and music. Degrees at Northbrook MET include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.

Future careers

  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • Editorial designer
  • Illustrator
  • Advertising designer
  • Concept artist
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Educator