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Graphic designers are communicators and problem-solvers who work to a brief. They are able to communicate a message, convey an idea as well as engage an audience using visual language.

On the Graphic Design programme, we encourage a broad understanding of the field of Graphic Communication Design and place a great deal of emphasis on the development and communication of ideas and creative thinking.

We promote explorative experimentation and application of the subject with a strong emphasis on conceptual thinking. Projects explore all forms of visual communication, and may include books, typography and letterforms, advertising and branding, print media, moving image and digital interaction.

Students are provided with a solid foundation that stretch and challenge their skills, whilst building a specialist portfolio and employability skills. It is expected that the majority of students will use the course to progress to a higher education degree.

  • Industry standard Macs, PCs and software
  • Access to photo studios, print rooms and 3D craft facilitates
  • Real live projects
  • End-of-year exhibition open to the public and employers
  • Delivery by industry practicing staff

"I've been able to immerse myself in the world of design and work with other students who feel and think the same as me. We have all learned together"

"I used to struggle with computers - now love Apple and Adobe!"

"Tutors always treated me with respect. I never felt that I'd asked a stupid question. I am now really confident communicating my ideas"

Career Destinations

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Design
  • Illustration
  • Editorial Design
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Web Design
  • Art Worker
  • Motion Design

What can I do next?

After successfully completing a UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design: Graphic Design - you can progress to a second and final year of specialist study with a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma: Graphic Design.

After completing year two, It is expected that the majority of students will use the course to progress to a higher education degree.

What will I be doing?

  • Design thinking
  • Research and analysis
  • Idea generation
  • Print room practice
  • Digital design
  • Communication skills development

Added Extras

  • Enrichment visits (New Blood, The Wellcome Collection and The Design Museum)
  • Live briefs in collaboration with local organisations
  • Develop an individual portfolio of online/specialist work for progression to higher education

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is coursework based through practical assignments, case studies and portfolio of work.

Entry requirements?

  • 200 GCSE entry points including English at Grade C (Level 4 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure)
  • or

  • A Level 2 Diploma at Merit level including English at Grade C (Level 4 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure)
  • You will need to provide examples of art and design work at interview

We also welcome applications from students with relevant experience or qualifications.

What do I need to bring?

You will be required to purchase a course kit at approximately £110, a kit list will be provided, this will give you everything you need for the first term at college but you should expect to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £50 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.

Students at HRC who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to the Bursary Fund for support towards essential kit, visit and material costs. Please note - bursary funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application. For further information contact the Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2019. If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2019, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20). Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £8500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20). If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable. For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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