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Course Overview

A graphic designer is a communicator: someone who takes ideas and gives them visual form so that others can understand them.

This course is particularly aimed at students with imaginative ideas, strong art and design skills and the ambition to progress to an art college degree course or a career in a graphic design-related industry. The course comprises a mixture of core and professional specialist units which allow for a wide range of experiences in different aspects of graphic design including branding, packaging, editorial design, advertising, website design, illustration, and promotional materials such as portfolio building and use of social media

You will participate in live projects based on realistic workplace situations, working alongside professional practitioners from the graphic design industry. The course has been carefully designed to encourage an experimental approach to graphic problem solving while developing research skills, critical understanding and the ability to produce high quality creative graphic outcomes.

On the successful completion of your qualification, you will be awarded a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design.

Graphic Design

Qualifications Available

BTEC Diploma (equivalent to 2 A-Levels)

Course Topics

  • Typography and Typographical Design
  • Graphics Materials Techniques and Processes
  • Branding in Graphic Design
  • Graphic Illustration
  • Photography Skills
  • Graphics for 3D – Packaging and Information Graphics
  • Developing and Realising Creative Ideas and Intentions
  • Managing a Client Brief
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Editorial Design

Course Features

This is a practical work-related course which you will learn by completing live projects that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

You will be taught how to undertake ambitious graphic tasks offering you the possibility of exploring a broad range of media, techniques and processes.

You will be given the chance to work alongside professional practitioners and share their experiences of the graphic design industry.

By studying this course you will develop a broad based portfolio of work suitable for progression into Higher Education or employment.


Coursework – 54%
Controlled Assessment – 46%

Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel


2019 Results: 100%

Where Courses Become Careers

The creative and media industries combined make one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy. Employers are desperately looking for imaginative people with a broad and flexible skills base, and the BTEC Graphic Design programme will provide you with many of the appropriate professional skills suitable for progression into employment or higher education.

You can progress to careers in the graphic design industry such as Advertising, Editorial Design, Packaging Design, Photography, Corporate Design or Illustration.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

This course has a strong ‘skills’ focus, developing not only your practical and creative skills, but also the employability skills essential for progression into the Creative Industries. You will complete ‘Live’ projects with an applied vocational scenario regularly working with experts from the creative industries. You will evidence and enhance the Stoke6th Graduate Attributes through their use on this course.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

T: 01782 854221