2 years full-time

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C)* including English and maths
  • An appreciation of and a passion for graphic design with a level of practical experience and/ or a Level 2 qualification in the subject area

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Introduction to the course

This college course provides an all-round understanding of the design process. You’ll gain an advanced knowledge of design software packages Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and InDesign. You will understand branding and gain project management skills, that will put you firmly on the path towards a career in the design industry.

96% of students would recommend this course (QDP Student Survey Results 2019).

You’ll learn:

  • Skills with Adobe software packages
  • To produce digital graphics for print, digital and moving image
  • To develop ideas and think creatively
  • Traditional art, design and photography skills to improve your digital work
  • How to use graphics tablets to produce a range of projects
  • How to successfully complete industry projects with local creative professionals


Students have the opportunity to go on some great visits during their studies. Recently, a group were lucky enough to go over to Berlin with their cameras and experience the fantastic city's culture through the lens.

What you'll study

Working with key design programmes such as Illustrator and InDesign, you’ll develop an understanding of graphic design principles, research and copy-writing methods and understand how to develop a creative idea.

In term 2, you’ll learn After Effects and produce a motion graphics sequence. You’ll further your skills in design by producing a creative CV, and study job roles and opportunities in the graphic and digital design industry. You’ll also learn pitching – helping prepare you for working in the industry.

In term 3 you’ll learn how to use a DSLR camera and photographic techniques, then edit your photography in Photoshop. You’ll learn website design including HTML and CSS coding and produce a website that showcases all the work you have done in year 1.

You’ll analyse audiences and responses to media products, focusing on design for advertising. You’ll implement this understanding creatively with Cinema 4D in which you’ll learn 3D Modelling and 3D Animation for to produce print and animation design products.

During term 5 you’ll study visual communication in logo design and branding, and be taught how to create your own typography. At this stage you’ll work independently, running an organised project with efficiency.

In your final term you’ll have the opportunity to specialise, developing advanced skills in a specific element of programme. You’ll work to a brief in which you devise, design and produce the best example of your work in your area of specialism. You’ll develop your project and production management skills – helping support you onto your next education step or towards employment.

Maths & English

Depending on your prior English and Maths attainment, you may need to improve your grade as part of your course.

Professional & Personal Development

As part of your programme of study, all students have a Personal and Professional Development session for one hour per week.

On this course you’ll have access to:

  • Industry-standard software
  • Mac and PC computer suites

The Confetti Classroom

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Industry Week

As a Confetti student, you will also take part in Industry Week where you’ll meet a range of professionals within your field of interest, as well as other areas of the creative industries.

Previous guests include: Michael Eavis, Professor Green, DJ Yoda, Mandy Parnell (Bjork, Aphex Twin, The White Stripes), Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush), Goetz Botzenhardt (Bjork, Sugarbabes, Faithless, Dido, Pet Shop Boys) and George Shilling (Oasis, Primal Scream, James Brown).

Kate Offler

“The staff and tutors are amazing – they know what they are teaching us and know how to help.”

Continue your studies

Your time at Confetti doesn’t have to stop once you finish your college course. Choose to continue your studies on our range of foundation and full honours degrees that can help you further develop your skills and obtain the experience you need to get a head start in your career:

Future careers:

  • Graphic designer
  • Animator
  • Illustrator
  • Website designer
  • Artworker

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