Graphic Design - Oldham College

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What will I study?

You will be able to study the following qualifications in this subject:

Extended Diploma Graphic Design : Level 3 Full Time (2 year course)

Creative Media Production & Technology – Design & Photography : Level 2 (1 year course ) 

Art, Design & Media : Level1 Full Time  (1year)

Are you ready to take your first steps towards an exciting career in the creative industries? Do you have a keen interest in Graphic Design and an excitement and passion for learning how to create and communicate on screen or in print?  If so, this is the right course for you. During your course, you will learn a variety of skills to help you on your journey towards becoming a Graphic Design professional.  

Creating outcomes for print, web and animation are amongst the many useful skills you will acquire and develop on our Graphics course. 

During your studies, you will carry out your work in our specialist studios developing a range of skills that will provide you with an excellent foundation within the industry, using industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere.

You will also learn how to present your completed course work in appropriate formats and develop a digital creative portfolio that will support your future progression to university, employment or an apprenticeship after your course ends.

Modules and Topics

You will study a wide advance a wide range of skills and techniques that you will require as an apprentice designer or to apply to University.  Digital skills are essential and you will  learn the Adobe suite software, but also manual and traditional print methods such as print design and techniques, screen print, lino cut, animation, 3D exploration, typography. You will also refine your Photography skills and at level 2 you will try out video editing, using a camera, advanced Photoshop editing techniques, studio photography. At level 3 you will be critically evaluating, comparing, analysing and researching your design work and of others as part of your project process. Project management and working with Clients from industry also develops your communication and professional skills.  

All students will develop their visual communication skills in drawing for design Mark-making, still life, presentation, painting techniques

Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience within your industry and that you complete work placement opportunities. We can support you with this and our Graphics tutors have excellent industry links with relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you opportunities to complete projects and tasks in college, and have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who will broaden your understanding of the career routes that you may choose to follow.  

So far, our students have completed work experience developing advertisements, social media marketing, product photography, book design, character design, print design etc. A selection of students have also been hired by an employer after work experience or competition briefs.


What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

Level 3 Design Apprenticeship

The Design apprenticeship is a fantastic way to take the first steps into the fast paced and exciting world that is the Creative Industry. This is the perfect opportunity to enhance your CV and gain valuable work experience, working alongside professionals and experts in your chosen field. You will also gain a recognised qualification in Design, attending college on a day release basis. The apprenticeship will give you good all round knowledge of the kind of things that you will come across within your job role and help you develop new skills and grow as an individual designer.

Qualifications you will gain:

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Design

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design

Level 2 Functional skills in English

Level 2 Functional skills in Maths

Level 2 Functional skills in ICT

 

You will develop skills in a range of areas linked to the Design industry, some of which include:

Identifying and understanding a client’s Brand strategy.

Concepts and techniques used in Branding

Writing and interpreting client design briefs.

Creating digital designs to a specific brief

Research skills

Working to deadlines.

Understanding market research

Working collaboratively in a creative process

Articulate, present and debate ideas in a creative environment.

Presentation skills.

Managing own time efficiently.

 

Entry requirements:

GCSE English, maths and ICT grade C or above.

Basic skills in digital design and use of Adobe software i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator

How will I be assessed?

You will be continuously assessed to establish what you have learnt from each module and assignment.

To ensure you are ready for a demanding and successful career in the Graphic Design industry, many of your assessments are in line with the industry standards and protocols. This means you may be asked to pitch your ideas, present planning documents that meet professional standards, create outcomes for specific target audiences, or work with an employer to create a solution and outcome for a project.

With each project, you will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence, which is also formally assessed by your tutors at various points throughout the year. Your feedback will be kept on our digital assessment platform at final assessment points. While one to one tutorials will discuss your progress and set you new and stretching targets to ensure you are always aiming high and making good progress.

Your final grade is established through your final major project, where you will use a selection of the skills and techniques that you have learnt, practised and developed on the course, and design & create a Graphics product of your own choosing. This project is examined by external moderators and is exhibited for your peers and tutors to assess.


How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

Assessment is ongoing throughout the apprenticeship. You will create a portfolio of work, both in college and the workplace, which will be used as evidence towards your qualification. You can be assessed in a number of ways, which could include producing written documents or products, observations, witness statements, photographic and professional discussions.

What will this lead to?

On successful completion of level 1 & 2 you can progress to the next level. Completion of Level 3, gives you the opportunity to apply for advanced apprenticeships and university or full time employment. We also give students the opportunity to progress to our foundation course which develops your portfolio for prestigious applications to the Top Universities.  Possible employment routes include Graphic Designer, Animator, Illustrator, Photographer, Magazine Editor, Website Designer, Print Designer, Games Designer, Creative Director and Games Designer.

Our students who choose to continue their studies at university generally choose higher education courses such as Graphic Design, Fashion Illustration, Illustration, Animation, Media or Architecture.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, the majority of apprentices are offered full time employment by their employers. They spend a lot of time supporting and developing you to enhance their business and value you as a member of the team. Other options are, you could choose to move on to a different employer and job role if you feel you want to experience different environments. Your employer will give you a good reference and you will have 18 months of work experience on your CV to show your new employer. Another option is to go on to University and get a Degree in your chosen specialism.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

 

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

 

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

 

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

 

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 10% charge with the government paying the remaining 90%. The 10% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Graphic Design

Faculty: Digital Design and Media

Attendance Options: Full Time

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