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UAL Diploma in Creative Practice: Graphic Design

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Explore visu­al lan­guage, research skills, project pro­pos­al and real­i­sa­tion and build your crit­i­cal and con­tex­tu­al aware­ness through a series of live projects. Every com­put­er through­out the col­lege has the lat­est Adobe Cre­ative Suite soft­ware, allow­ing you to devel­op tech­ni­cal skills on indus­try stan­dard tech­nol­o­gy as well as access to a range of tra­di­tion­al media includ­ing the Cre­ative Arts depart­ment print room.


Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths, and an arts-based sub­ject at grade 6/B or above.

Alter­na­tive­ly a Mer­it in a rel­e­vant Lev­el 2 Diplo­ma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in Eng­lish and maths, or a pass for func­tion­al skills Lev­el 2 Eng­lish and Maths.

This course requires an interview/​informal chat before a place can be offered, and before your inter­view you will need to sub­mit a port­fo­lio of art­work to demon­strate your artis­tic strengths. You will also need to com­plete an assign­ment in the sum­mer set at the close of the aca­d­e­m­ic year. 

A Mer­it in your first year is required to enter the sec­ond year Extend­ed Diploma. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to course availability 
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard — sub­ject to course availability 
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well
Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

Poten­tial Future Career

Progress to the Foun­da­tion Degree in Graph­ic Design at Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­tre Peter­bor­ough or oth­er degrees cours­es such as; Graph­ic Design / Prod­uct Design / Cre­ative Mar­ket­ing / Games and Ani­ma­tion / 3D Visu­al Effects / Inte­ri­or Design / The­atre set design / Archi­tec­ture and many oth­ers at Uni­ver­si­ties through­out the coun­try. For­mer stu­dents have pro­gressed to top Uni­ver­si­ties such as Lon­don Col­lege of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion. You could also enter employ­ment as a Graph­ic Design­er, Typog­ra­ph­er, Pack­ag­ing Design­er, Edi­to­r­i­al Design­er, Dig­i­tal Design­er, Art­work­er, Cre­ative Direc­tor or Image Maker.

Course Con­tent

Year 1

Unit 1 The Cre­ative Process This unit requires stu­dents to explore and inter­ro­gate the cre­ative process ful­ly through its var­i­ous stages. Stu­dents will explore, apply and assess the dif­fer­ent stages of the cre­ative process in order to devel­op an under­stand­ing of the sep­a­rate activ­i­ties with­in each stage, and how these activ­i­ties inform one anoth­er holis­ti­cal­ly. Stu­dents will inves­ti­gate and devel­op these skills through intro­duc­to­ry projects and work­shops that require them to engage with and show an increas­ing abil­i­ty to iden­ti­fy and apply cre­ative process skills. Activ­i­ties in this unit will be under­pinned by an intro­duc­tion to the cre­ative indus­tries, where stu­dents will devel­op a con­tex­tu­al under­stand­ing of the role the cre­ative process plays in the devel­op­ment of cre­ative arts out­comes and prod­ucts across a broad spec­trum of spe­cial­ist prac­tices and voca­tion­al roles. 

Unit 2 Devel­op­ing Cre­ative Prac­tice This unit requires stu­dents to learn about what a cre­ative prac­tice is along with gath­er­ing knowl­edge of var­i­ous mate­ri­als, tech­niques and process­es used across 2‑dimensional, 3‑dimensional and 4‑dimensional cre­ative prac­tices. Stu­dents will also explore, exper­i­ment and refine their use of 2‑dimensional, 3‑dimensional and 4‑dimensional prac­ti­cal skills asso­ci­at­ed with a cre­ative prac­tice, as well as devel­op­ing an under­stand­ing of how to safe­ly use cre­ative prac­tice skills to solve prob­lems, devel­op out­comes and present work appro­pri­ate to the cre­ative practice.

Unit 3 Respond­ing to a Set Brief In this unit, stu­dents will be syn­op­ti­cal­ly assessed on the all the learn­ing they have devel­oped through­out the qual­i­fi­ca­tion, by respond­ing to a set voca­tion­al brief. They will demon­strate their abil­i­ty to devel­op a project pro­pos­al, gen­er­ate ideas and pro­duce and present out­comes that respond to a set brief. They will also be expect­ed to demon­strate prac­ti­cal skills to realise cre­ative out­comes, reflect on the cre­ative process, and use reflec­tive prac­tice to inform and direct the choic­es they make and how suc­cess­ful they have been in meet­ing the brief. 

Year 2 Units

Unit 4: Research­ing a Spe­cial­ist Indus­try Practice 

Unit 5: Spe­cial­ist Tech­ni­cal Skills Development 

Unit 6: Spe­cial­ist Cre­ative Outcome 


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Learn­ers who have high needs make good progress in pro­grammes spe­cial­ly designed for them, and those who par­tic­i­pate in oth­er cours­es progress in line with their peers.




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