This two-year full-time course is for enthusiastic, creative and highly motivated people. If you want to have fun working hard, creating ideas and images, learning how to use photographic cameras and computer imaging software, this is the course for you. We want people with high aspirations to unlock potential and learn exciting new skills.
You’ll need four GCSEs at Grade 4/C and above, including English and Maths, and/or you’ll have completed a Level 2 qualification, or equivalent.
You will have the opportunity to investigate a variety of creative and commercially orientated assignments. Good technical ability is developed together with a strong visual sense. Students are encouraged to embrace current trends and apply their ideas in a creative and individual way. This Diploma is delivered through a series of units which may cover: design and layout methods, image manipulation, 3D modelling and animation, interactive web-based applications and logo design. You will also gain work experience by taking on design projects for external clients.
Students’ end-of-year work is exhibited. You are encouraged to participate in trips and visits to venues such as the National Media Museum in Bradford, the Design Museum and Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, both in London.
We set you a challenge. We show you how to do it, work through your ideas and then you produce the work in the form of a project. This includes all your planning and development work, the final designs and some thoughts on how you've done. This is then assessed to either pass, merit or distinction level and then we move on to the next. This pattern is repeated throughout the two years with regular feedback on how you are getting on from your tutors.
You can progress to university and specialise in the fields of animation, graphic design or web design. Or, you might choose employment with a design agency or work individually as a freelance designer.
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