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Graphic Design & Illustration - Level 3 (UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0324-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: UAL Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 / UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL

Course aims

In Year One, there is a broad based introduction to graphic design and illustration, together with transferable skill 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, corporate identity, magazine and book design, character design, publicity, typography, and computer games visual design.

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.

Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have  at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, preferably including English and maths, and evidence of your art/design work.  

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

Course units

Year 1 (Diploma)

Project and assignment based learning using traditional and digital materials, techniques and processes.

  • Logo design
  • Poster design 
  • Illustration 
  • Concept art 

Supported by research skills and critical and contextual awareness.

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

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 Visual 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.


You can progress to university level, 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. 

Artistic Degrees at Northbrook MET include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Digital Design, Fashion, Textile Design or Theatre/Set Design.

Future Careers

• Graphic design

• Illustration

• Advertising

• Magazine design

• Animation

• Freelance design/illustration

• Web design

• Concept art

  • 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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Potential Careers

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