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Graphic Design and Illustration Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


Students choose from several pathways for their Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma; deciding to study either: 3D Spatial Design, Fine Art, Photography, Digital Art, Animation and Games Design, Fashion Textiles, Graphics and Illustration or Art & Design.

All students on the listed pathways work towards the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design in their first year of study; progressing onto their University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design in their second year. The Extended Diploma at Distinction level is allocated 168 UCAS points, which is equivalent to 3 full A Levels at grade A.

The course is a brilliant introduction to all the aspects of creative Graphic Design and a recognised qualification for applying to HE degree courses in Graphic Design related subjects and the creative industries. This course is approved and examined by the University of the Arts London (UAL) and is the only specialist awarding body for art, design & creative designs in England. The course is particularly appropriate for school-leavers who have an interest in art & design, illustration and games design. Based in the college’s architect designed Creative Arts Building, this course covers a range of essential vocational graphic design skills. You will be taught in our two Graphic Design studios. Our art studio is our base for drawing and exploring a wide range of traditional media. You will begin most projects with hands-on art-based workshops, with access to printmaking facilities, cameras and mixed media. The other studio is a PC room with scanners and a printer. You will use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to digitise your project work.

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Why our College?

Industry-standard Facilities

At our College you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain Real Experiences of Work

All our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A Unique Student Experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our College you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs A* - C; 9-4 in GCSE English. A*-C for GCSE Art and Design or art-related subject. Relevant Level 2 Diploma at minimum Merit, plus GCSE English 9-4. Portfolio of varied, good quality work to be presented at interview.

Learning Outcomes

The UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.


The Graphic Design and Illustration course encourages your individual creativity and interests, building a portfolio to enable progress to further study at Higher Education. You will also have the chance to work on “live” briefs. Past students have produced designs for Norfolk Care Awards, Shell Oil and the National Skills Council.
Graphic Design at City College Norwich develops your design ideas through a range of media, starting with drawing and mixed media experimental work combining photography, traditional art techniques and digital outcomes. You will the progress through a range of project-based practical units that cover; design for print (editorial, book covers, magazine layout and logo design), illustration, games design, narrative, surface design, advertising and typography.


The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden student’s skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require students to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders. A final end-point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides the student’s overall grade for the year which is graded at: PASS/MERIT or DISTINCTION. The first year (Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (36), MERIT (60), DISTINCTION (84). The second year (Extended Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (72), MERIT (120), DISTINCTION (168). Student work is externally assessed and scrutinised by External Verifiers from the University of the Arts London to ensure that academic standards are adhered maintained.


Successfully completion the Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design in the second year. The design and structure of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design allows students the opportunity to further extend their learning by choosing an alternative Creative Arts pathway in their second year. For example, provided that they meet the entry requirements, a student could follow the Graphics and Illustration pathway in their first year and then choose to follow the Fine Art, 3D Spatial Design, Photography, Digital Art, Fashion Textiles or Art & Design pathway in their second year. This multi-disciplinary route is becoming increasingly popular with our students who recognise that they need a broad portfolio of skills to thrive in the creative sector.

Career Progression

City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as NUA, London College of Communication and Central St Martins to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. We also work collaboratively with local, national and international artists and creative agencies to provide fantastic experience of work for our students and also to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.
For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the creative industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.
All students will need to provide their own basic equipment, with a list provided during induction. Students pay for enrichment trips and educational visits during the academic year. International trips are optional and are at additional cost payable by the student.