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Graphic Design Level 3

Course Overview

This Graphic Design Level 3 course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fast moving and dynamic world of graphic design, with emphasis on creative thinking and developing skills and ideas. On completion of the first year, you can progress to the Extended Diploma in year two which will prepare you for progression into higher education or the design industry. Course content includes digital design, typography, illustration, photography and art history. Methods of study include studio and workshop activities, tutorials and portfolio reviews. Optional study visits are arranged throughout the course. Assessment is through coursework.

What topics are covered?

Units include:

  • • Digital design (including Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash)
  • • Typography
  • • Illustration
  • • Information graphics
  • • Packaging design
  • • Contextual studies (current and historical issues in art and design, professional practice)



Students will also undertake an additional specialist short course in photography to further creative development.


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

What are the entry requirements?

Four GCSEs, including English language at grade C/4 or above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at merit level overall (with merits in all core units), or equivalent

All students will be required to present a recently completed portfolio of art and design/graphic based work at interview.

What qualifications will I gain?

  • UAL Level 3 Diploma
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

Studio and workshop activities, tutorials and portfolio reviews. Optional study visits are arranged throughout the course – recent destinations have included New York, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Florence and Venice. Every year students stage a public exhibition.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework.

What can I do after this course?

Progression on to undergraduate courses such as graphic design, advertising, animation, and multimedia, and into careers including graphic design, animation, media graphics and web design.


Below is a list of recent examples of universities which students from this course have progressed on to:


Hereford College of Arts
University of Brighton
University of Gloucestershire
London Met University
Plymouth College of Arts
University of Portsmouth
University of Gloucestershire
Oxford Brookes

Are there any additional costs?

  • Resources fee
  • An Art Starter Kit containing some basic equipment you may find useful for your course is available to purchase through the College Shop.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

Art & Design

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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