Course Type / Attendance

Full Time

Subject Area

Art, Design and Media

Start Date

September 2018

Course Length

2 years




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / Graphics National Extended Diploma Level 3

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you enjoy graphics and art based subjects, and wish to develop your creative skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject. It will provide a pathway to higher-level courses and a range of potential future careers in the graphic design industry.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be in an art and design/creative subject. Alternatively you can join the course with a BTEC level 2 Diploma in Art and Design.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You’ll explore the subject of graphic design in practical and digital sessions over the two years combining both sets of skills. An example of some of the areas covered in this qualification would be:

  • Observational drawing
  • Illustration
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • 3D design

How you will learn

You will be taught to develop practical and digital skills, and gain knowledge about the graphic design industry. The course will involve visits to regional/national exhibitions and workshops where you will study and record the work of various artists and designers.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you could continue your studies at university and specialise in a specific subject area of graphic design. Alternatively you may wish to seek related employment in the area of graphics such as illustration, web design, games design or even work in the advertisement industry.

What costs will you incur?

You will be expected to come to college equipped with pens, pencils, a sketchbook and notepad. You should also have your own storage device such as a memory stick or hard drive that has at least 4GB capacity. A3 document folders are recommended for the presentation of your assignments.

Previous Student Experience

I enjoyed my two years on the BTEC Graphics, learning new software in digital and skills in the studio sessions and bringing both aspects together. Through and determination hard work I have been able to produce a good portfolio and have been successful in progression onto the next level at University.

Adam, former BTEC Graphics student