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

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Course Code: FE0324-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Qualification: UAL Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 / UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

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This course begins with a broad-based introduction to graphic design and illustration, together with transferable skills acquisition. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of materials, working methods and processes, exploring the specialist areas of: advertising, packaging, illustration, typography, branding, print and digital design.

You will work with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign software.

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 two 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.

Start dates

September 2020 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths, and evidence 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.

Extended Diploma

To progress to the Extended Diploma you must complete the Diploma (Year 1 of this Level 3 course).

Course units

Course topics 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
  • Publicity
  • Applied illustration
  • Developed concept art
  • Live briefs
  • Portfolio building
  • Final major project and exhibition

Why the MET?

  • Industry standard Macs, PCs and software 
  • Access to photo studios, print rooms and 3D craft facilities 
  • Opportunities to work on live briefs 
  • End-of-year exhibition open to the public and employers

Northbrook MET has a fantastic track record of progression to prestigious universities.

You will have the opportunity to work on real live projects commissioned by internal and external clients and be nominated for the competitive and highly regarded annual UAL Origins Exhibition. 

The MET's vibrant arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in the region's buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential. Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. You will work in artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room.   

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook MET is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the art & design courses running alongside theatre arts and music courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.


On successful completion of the Diploma progress to the Extended Diploma.

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 also our University Centre, 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 design

• Illustration

• Advertising

• Magazine design

• Animation

• Freelance design/illustration

• Web design

• Concept art

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Additional costs

The majority of the equipment and materials are provided by the college to enable you to complete each project. However, you will be required to purchase an art kit from the college at the start of the course.

We also recommend you budget for £10 per week for any other consumable materials you may need appropriate to the development of your work. 

There will be one trip in the year which will cost approximately £20.

  • student Views E.M. Graphic Design & Illustration
    The course has really helped me to develop my illustration skills using traditional and digital media.
  • student Views J.W. Graphic Design & Illustration
    I have really enjoyed my 2 years on this course. I felt really proud to have my work in the end of year exhibition, and now I’m off to university.
  • alumni Views Jamie Hewlett Graphic Design & Illustration
    Jamie graduated and then went on to create the well-known comic character, Tank Girl and the highly successful virtual band, Gorillaz.
  • alumni Views Paul Norris Graphic Design & Illustration
    Paul graduated and then went on to work in visual effects and was part of the team that won an Oscar for visual effects for the film, Ex Machina.
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