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

Fees & funding:
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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.

95% of students on this course feel they are developing skills that will help them to get work (QDP Student Survey Results 2019).

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced Adobe InDesign and Photoshop skills
  • How to produce graphics for print- based and digital publishing
  • How to produce motion graphics content
  • Advanced art, design and photography skills
  • How to use professional graphics tablets
  • How to develop your ideas into a finished visual product
  • To successfully complete live briefs with local creative professionals

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.

On this course you’ll have access to:

  • Mac and PC computer suites
  • Professional graphics tablets
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Digital cameras


Every year we welcome family, friends and industry professionals to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of our college students. This year, in light of the current restrictions, we’ve taken this showcase online.

Industry Week

We offer lots of opportunities to our students throughout the year, but we really dial it up with our annual Industry Week. Like no other, we go off timetable for a week, inviting some of the biggest names the creative industries to deliver talks, workshops and masterclasses for our students. We organise these types of events to enrich our students' education with real world experiences.

Check out our OnDemand service here.

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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