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Graphic Illustration (Level 3)

Key course information

Art and Design


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

Graphic Illustration is one of the specialist pathways on the Level 3 Art and Design course. This pathway enables you to study Graphic skills through both illustration print, photography and digital practices, this will enable you to develop the breadth of skills required to progress into employment or the industry. Your projects will enable you to learn about branding, layout and typography. The course concentrates on art and design processes from research through to media exploration, ideas generation and resolving final design solutions. It aims to challenge you creatively through exciting project themes and live project opportunities. It is mainly practical, with written theory in the form of research, presentations and reports on artists and designers that inspire your work. You will build up evidence that will reflect your individual strengths. Sketchbooks, drawing, specialist making skills and study of the work of artists and designers are all key areas. The course includes visits to exhibitions, locally and in London. Opportunities to take part in competitions or open art events are also included where appropriate.

What will I learn?

The Level 3 Diploma is an 9 unit qualification which covers the core skills and opens up to more specialised study. Key areas covered in year 1 are:
- Design ideas and project development
- Media exploration
- Typography, Colour and Layout skills
- Digital manipulation with Adobe Creative Suite software
- Photography
- Research and Contextual studies
- Printmaking
- Work Experience and ‘Live’ design projects
Studies are extended in year 2 and the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design which is a 4 unit qualification and focuses upon specialist development and progression from the course. Key areas covered in year 2 are:
- Portfolio building
- Specialist design projects
- Work Experience ‘Live’ projects
- Specialist contextual studies
- A Final Major project and end of year exhibition and Catwalk show
Progression is a key part of the Extended Diploma, including applications for higher education, apprenticeships and portfolio skills which are all embedded in the course with the emphasis upon ambition and individual direction.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
A recent portfolio of work
A good reference
A satisfactory interview

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

You will need to allocate time to continue and complete your coursework.
You will be mainly assessed through coursework with an end externally assessed exam project. GCSE and Functional skills in Maths and English are assessed by exam.
The final qualification will be a UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

Additional Costs and Information

The studio fee is £150 per year and is payable at the start of the year. This with provide access to materials in the design and construction workshops, sketchbooks and group trips to London to see specialist exhibitions. For year 2 students the essentials for presenting work for a portfolio are provided.

Students with financial difficulties are supported via the bursary’ system and are means tested.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Art and Design

Career Opportunities

  • Photography
  • Animator
  • Graphic Designer

  • Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Art Teacher

  • Curator
  • Illustrator
  • Art Therapist

  • Conservator

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