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Digital Graphic Design — Level 3 Applied General Diploma

Course information

The course is designed to enable students to pursue a career in the visual creative industries by developing the skills needed to succeed in a competitive environment.
Through project assignments all students will have the opportunity to explore a range of digital based design disciplines such as Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation/Motion Graphics, Digital Photography, Media Production and Visual Communication.
The aim of this course is to develop student’s skills and a knowledge base in the field of graphic design covering disciplines in print design, motion graphics and interactive media.
Each student’s individual portfolio will show samples of work, which explore digital and artistic techniques, methods and approaches. Students will also develop cultural awareness and a mature attitude towards a potential career in their chosen field.
The course covers core skills such as drawing, printmaking, creative thinking, design theory, research and communication skills. In addition specific software skills will be gained in industry-based packages such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere.
The majority of students who successfully complete the course progress to Higher Education. Alternatively students have gone straight into employment and have developed careers in the industry. To view work samples created by past and current students from the course visit:
In addition the course has a commitment to develop the student experience by offering educational visits to local and national galleries and museums in addition to the Digital Festival OFFF. (


UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma Art & Design: Graphic Design Pathway - Year 1
UAL Level 3 Applied General Extended Diploma Art & Design: Graphic Design Pathway - Year 2

This course leads to...

The course has always received strong positive feedback from past students. The majority of students who successfully complete the course go on to Higher Education courses at respected nationwide Universities and Colleges such as Leeds Met, Liverpool JMU, Westminster, UAL, Falmouth and Manchester Met.

Alternatively some students have gone straight into employment and have developed their own careers in the creative industry. For other students who would like to receive industry experience there is opportunities to develop apprenticeship program opportunities within the course.

'I am working in Workshop Marketing ( Digital Marketing Agency), Definitely all my skills that I learnt on the course were indispensable to get this job. I learnt how to develop branding, animations, advertising,editorial, digital content, so I appreciate how the course has helped me to approach any project, analysing it, researching, generating ideas and developing them' Anna Blanco Former Student.

The skills gained through out the course give the opportunity for students to begin a career path working in creative areas such as:

•Graphic Design
•Web Design/Interactive Design
•Advertising/Packaging/Promotional Design
•Animation/Motion Graphics/Post Production Media
•Art Direction
•Multimedia production (Projection for visuals for events)
•Art practice (Digital, Projection, interactive, time based media)

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE qualifications at grade 4/C or a full level 2 Qualification at Merit grade or above. Please note that you must have achieved English and/or Maths at Grade 4/C or above in order to be accepted on this course.

Applicants may be awarded a conditional place as they await examination outcomes.

To demonstrate their level of ability, applicants are required to attend a short interview with a course tutor and present a selection of their work (drawing, artwork, designs, animations, media work, photography etc.) Emphasis is placed on the level of creativity and evidence of awareness of basic design process.

Why study with us?

Students produce work to an exceptional standard and regularly participate in external competitions and live project briefs. The course has provided the opportunity for students to produce work for such organisations as Penguin Random House Publishing, D&DA Awards, Cass Art, Ege (Denmark), TATE ,YCN awards, The Arts Council and The Liverpool Print Fair.

The tutors on the course are both practising designers who work in the fields of Illustration, Graphics and Motion Design. As a result students have the opportunity to work on industry placements and create project work that is relevant to contemporary industry practice.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163375

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 5421.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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