Graphic Design


CTEC Graphic Design is a vocational course exploring the fundamentals of graphic design while covering a concise introduction to working in the design industry. You will have the opportunity to learn new computer editing skills while presenting an individual response to a design brief.

Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Single award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind


Graphic designer, illustrator, web designer, marketing, freelance, teaching, animator, artworker.


Art Foundation (Pre-Degree), Illustration, Graphic Design, Design for Multimedia, Printmaking, and any other art-related degrees.

Topics you'll cover


  • Art and design in context
  • Digital image creation
  • Using digital technology in graphic design.


  • Planning, research and developing ideas in response to a specialist art and design brief
  • Realising an outcome for a specialist art
    and design brief
  • Exhibiting and presenting artwork.

Assessment and Qualification

  • 100% coursework based assessment
  • Exam board: OCR - Cambridge Technicals
  • CTEC Introductory Diploma
  • Equivalent to one A Level

Course entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at 4 or above including English Language and an Art & Design subject
A suitable portfolio of creative work may be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Art.

Additional information


The specialist art studio contains a textile print table, lino presses and batik / screen-printing facilities in an open plan environment, including an art history and design library seminar room with access to computers.


You will be expected to purchase sketchbooks throughout the course as well as a selection of individual drawing and painting materials for home / independent work and some textile materials. There will be a studio fee of £25 per year to cover the cost of a range of materials, workbooks, specialist papers and coursework books and folders.

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