NSCG | Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design
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Course overview

This is an exciting and intense course tailored for those who have a genuine interest in Graphics and interactive media. It caters particularly for those who are aspiring graphic designers, digital artists, editorial designers and web designers. The programme offers a thorough introduction to these exciting and developing areas of the design industry and enables you to make an informed and accurate progression choice, whether your next step is university or employment. The course is primarily aimed at people who have an interest and experience in using technology creatively and have some drawing experience and ability.

You will cover a range of units over a two year, full-time course. The course normally runs over three days within the college week. All students are expected to give significant time to their studies outside college. Real world work experience opportunities will be part of your programme as will independent study.

What else do I need to know?

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, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam. You can visit local creative events, productions and exhibitions such as museum and gallery exhibitions, as well as appropriate cinema visits 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. Work produced has included World Skills Competition, Newcastle Borough Council, Stoke Your Fires, Young Creative Chevrolet, and the college Christmas E card. Essential materials and equipment for the course includes basic traditional drawing equipment, a pen drive/ external hard disk, A3 or A4 sketchbooks. It is advantageous to have access to the Internet at home, a camera and/or a printer.

What are the entry requirements?

You will have a minimum of four GCSE's, grade 4-9. Alternatively, you’ll have a Level 2 Diploma with overall Pass in a relevant subject.

If you do not have a minimum GCSE grade 4 for Maths / English you would study these as a part of your timetabled study programme. These structured weekly sessions will help you to improve your skills in these vital subject/s. In addition Maths and English development is integrated into practical course sessions and assignments.

You will also be expected to bring relevant examples of your artwork to interview to help staff assess your suitability for art and design study. We will consider applications from students who have not taken an Arts GCSE if they have a strong 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, practical work, 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 would like to find out more you can contact David Burgess, Curriculum Leader, by emailing: david.burgess@nscg.ac.uk

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