Graphics and Photography (Animation & Illustration) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice
What is this course about?
This course aims to equip you with design and production skills through a range of specialisms such as Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration and Animation. The course will prepare you for work in the creative industries or progression to university. While on the course we will develop your understanding of the design process applied to a range of production disciplines including advertising, studio photography, typography and concept art. Students have the opportunity to undertake live project briefs and work experience, as well as specialise in a subject area of their choosing for their final major project.
With visual communication skills through Graphic Design you will develop a wide range of processes and techniques, allowing you to explore industry areas such as design for print, moving image, packaging design, online publishing, brand identity, typography and persuasive visual messaging.Through Photography you will develop your practical skills and knowledge enabling you to gain an understanding of DSLR camera techniques, studio lighting and digital image editing. Perhaps however, you are more interested in Illustration and animation, through project work you will develop techniques within character design, comic arts, concept art and animated sequences.
Our graphics pathway will also equip you with the creative skills to communicate your ideas through printing techniques, 3D design, mixed media, digital technology as well as the core activity of visual studies. On this course you will also develop your contextual knowledge through an ongoing exploration of relevant contexts, artists, designers and photographers.
The Media and Creative Arts Hub is equipped with a variety of specialist facilities and equipment including a photography studio, Apple Mac graphics studios, art studios, a 3D printer and the Igloo Virtual Reality environment.
4 GCSEs grade A*-C/grade 4 and above, BTEC First Diploma, appropriate NVQ Level 2 or Intermediate qualification. You will have a pre-induction interview/assessment to make sure this is the right level for you.
How is it taught
The course is taught by a team of specialist lecturers including working professionals, who aim to help you to gain the most from the course. You are also allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through the course as well as organising any support that you may need. The course is delivered through a mixture of practical workshops, lectures and self directed study.
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed by continual assessment, rather than exams, and students will need to research, plan and produce practical work. All assignments have interim assessment points, when the lecturer assesses the work and shows the student how to improve their grades. Students requiring any support in producing written work, organising themselves or managing their time can access our academic mentors. All student work is moderated by the awarding body.
What else do I need to know?
You will also continue to study maths and English Functional Skills or GCSE in order to improve your employability and progression opportunities. On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a UAL Level 3 (Extended) Diploma in Creative Practice.
What could I do next?
With an Extended Diploma in Graphic Design and Photography (Illustration and Animation) you can progress into employment or on to a range of university courses including graphic design, photography, illustration, animation, and concept art courses.
Have You Considered?
Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.
- Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
- Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
- Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
- Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
- Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
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