Graphic Design

L3 Level 3
Full Time
5 September 2022 — 23 June 2023
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Our BTEC 540 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Graphic Design is a great course for individuals keen to pursue a career in the creative industries. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this programme offers a wide range of approaches to digital interactive design, whilst utilising the very latest Adobe software to generate stimulating outcomes.

Studying in the College's dedicated specialist studios and multimedia suites, learners will develop a range of advanced skills appropriate to their own individual area of interest and creative potential.

The course is project-led and studio-based with live projects and competitions held throughout the year, to encourage innovation and creativity. Students are encouraged to respond creatively to unit project briefs and given a taste of specialist areas of Graphic Design. Throughout the year, a series of specialist disciplines will be taught with no additional exams.  All projects are based on the principles of professional practice whilst considering the final outcome.

What you will study

Topics studied will include:

  • Adobe software training
  • Materials, Techniques & Processes
  • Ideas & Concepts
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration (Traditional/ Digital)
  • Image Manipulation
  • Visual Communication/ Information Graphics
  • Typography
  • Visual Diary
  • Packaging
  • Design History

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Studio Fees: £65.00

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A* - C including English Language or Maths or successful completion of BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Graphic Design. You must provide a portfolio of work during your interview.

Teaching and assessment

  • Coursework assessment including written assignments and practical assessments

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

5 September 2022

End date

23 June 2023

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in


Students Work

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

What our students say

I started studying A Levels and just did not get on with them.  I eventually decided to pursue my creative interests and start a Creative Media course. It has been really hands on, practical and turned out to be something I really enjoyed doing. My tutors have been amazing and have always encouraged me to do well. The first year of the course gave me a huge confidence boost and that has allowed me to progress onto the Foundation Degree Film course that I am studying now. Everyone is so enthusiastic and that really supports your learning environment.

Abigail Luxford-Noyes
Former Creative Media Level 3 Student, now studying Foundation Degree Film at CAVC

Career prospects & further study


Within the Creative industries, there are nearly 3,000 job openings predicted from now until 2024 and a 16.0% growth in Cardiff Capital Region (EMSI, 2018).

Once the Diploma has been completed the students will move on to the Full Extended Diploma in Graphic Design This is equivalent of 3 A levels and a steppingstone into a variety of creative Higher Education routes. Possible career progressions are as follows, Illustration, graphic design, web and app developer, animator, motion graphics, print industry, creative arts, sign writing, freelance designer etc.

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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