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Course overview

This full time, two year course is perfect if you want to work in the booming creative industries. Graphic Design is embedded throughout our lives and culture and includes a broad range of specialisms including branding, packaging, advertising, illustration, editorial, typography and photography. You'll develop your understanding of modern design practices, exploring digital software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and well as experimenting with traditional methods of graphic communication such as photo-montage, screen printing, illustration and drawing. You'll learn how to research and develop your ideas and how to critically evaluate and reflect on your progress to improve your design and presentation skills. You will also learn about the history of Graphic Design and how the design industry works, which is vital for those aspiring to progress in this rewarding career. In the second year you'll build an exciting portfolio and prepare for interview to enter higher education or employment. You will normally study up to four days a week, including compulsory work experience to give you the employability skills needed to work in the Graphic Design industry. The programme of study includes Graphic Design, English/Maths (if required), work experience and enterprise activities.

What else do I need to know?

Graphic Design offers many exciting career pathways within the broad spectrum of creative careers. This growing sector employs over 2 million people. If you enjoy working to briefs, can problem solve and have creative flair, this could be a great course of study for you.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a number of educational visits to centres which in the past have included London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Barcelona. You can visit local creative events, productions and exhibitions such as museum and gallery exhibitions and industry focused lectures. The course offers opportunities to produce live project work in collaboration with local and national companies as and when appropriate and involvement in selected regional and national competitions is also encouraged. Live work has included award winning advertising for 'Keep Stoke Smiling' and a variety of projects promoting local businesses.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English Language at grade 4 or above. You will also need GCSE grade 4 or above in an Art-related subject and/or a good portfolio.

How is it assessed?

This is a hands on, practical qualification and you will be assessed throughout the programme at key assessment points. This will involve research, project work, sketchbooks, design and drawing sheets, presentations and contextual studies notes and essays. All assessments will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

The breadth and diversity of this course ensures an accurate identification of your creative strengths. You can then progress successfully to a specialist Art, Design and Media University course such as Graphic Design, Advertising, Branding, Editorial Design, Web Design, Multimedia Design, Animation and Illustration. You could also go on to one of the Higher Education courses here at the College.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact David Holcroft, Course Leader, by emailing:
david.holcroft@nscg.ac.uk
Instagram: @StaffordGraphicDesign

Creative Arts, Film & Media

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