The National Diploma in Graphic Design incorporates twelve challenging and exciting units of project-based work that lead to a substantial portfolio of skills to take to interview for further education or to employment application. This course is taught over three days per week for one year and includes workshops and group tutorials. You will benefit from the study of a wide range of activities including typography, poster design and publication design, computer aided graphic design, professional studio practice and packaging design alongside the development of drawing and visual communication skills. From the thumbnail sketch through to high quality finished artwork; students are encouraged to develop responsive and original solutions to sets of design issues. All projects and briefs are taught within the context of professional practice and reinforced with visits to galleries and design studios. Communication skills, energy and commitment are essential qualities needed to achieve on this challenging course and previous experience in some areas of the course would be useful. Applicants will need to bring examples of their work to interview.
What background and qualifications do you need to join?
If you are 17 – 19 on year of entry: You must have a BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design with at least M grade (predicted or achieved) or an AS level qualification in Art and Design with a C or above grade. You should bring to interview a portfolio of work and sketchbooks showing development of your ideas. If you are age 19 and above: You will need to bring examples of art and design work you have produced on previous art and design courses or independently. If you fall into the 19 and above age group and are unable to demonstrate work is this way you may still enquire about the course and you will be given a project that will enable us to place you on a course that is suitable for your ability. You must also complete a personal statement to support your reasons for applying. If you are applying online you may email this to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are submitting a paper application you should attach this to you application form. Please note this course is taught both using traditional and computer design techniques. Having a basic knowledge of Adobe CS design applications i.e. Photoshop, In Design and/or Illustrator will be advantageous. We work on Mac computers in the studio.
What does the course lead to?
You will gain a BTEC National Diploma (120 Credits) which is the equivalent of 2 A levels and will enable you to make a University application for BA(Hons) or FdA in subjects related to Graphic Design. If you wish to try to find employment you will leave with a Portfolio of work with which to show employers.
Where will I study?
What are the facilities and equipment like?
The studios are newly refurbished with the latest Apple iMacs and Adobe software
How much will I need to study outside class?
You will need to commit to study outside the guided learning hours to successfully complete the course.
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed based on completion of project work that covers the units specified by BTEC. You will be given a grade for your work as you progress and a final grade at the end of the course
Are any of the course materials on line?
Not at present
What books and equipment do I need?
You will need a basic kit of art equipment: pencils, pens, sketchbooks, inks, paint, USB storage device, portfolio etc.
What else do i need to buy? What extra costs are there?
It would be advantageous to have access to a computer and design software. You will also need to pay for printing and paper in certain classes.
What do I need on my first day?
Sketchbook, notebook, pencils, drawing pens, brain Learner Agreement: All students are admitted to the college on the basis that they:
- Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
- Provide original documentation that confirms their attainment of the specified entry qualifications e.g. examination board results slip or certificates
- Meet the current course entry requirements as detailed on KCC course fact sheets and websites of examining bodies
- Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained if you are between 16-19 years old