Level 3 Technical Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design and Illustration)

This new two-year full time course is equivalent to 2 full A levels (120 Credits). In year one (Level 3 Introductory diploma) you will complete 6 units equivalent to 2 AS levels and in year two will complete a further 6 units to obtain the full Level 3 Technical Diploma.

Academic Year: 2023/24

Course Code: 10526

Campus: Bangor

Study Type: Full-Time

Education Level Further Education


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Course Overview

This two-year course is the equivalent to two A levels and leads on from GCSE and Level 2 courses.

Students who successfully complete this course can apply directly to University entry or apply for our one-year Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.  

The programme typically runs for a minimum of 15 hours a week.  

Year One establishes a broad art and design base from which the specialism of Graphic Design is developed.  

Year Two focuses on further developing skills within a chosen skills pathway through internal assignments and live client commissions.  


Pathways may include: Illustration, Communication design and Promotional Design.

Course Modules


  • Drawing, Painting and Illustration
  • Digital Image Creation
  • Typography and design for print
  • Corporate Identity and Branding
  • Digital Photography
  • Using Digital Technology in Graphic Design
  • Character design
  • Design for advertising
  • Moving Image Studies
  • Art and Design in Context
  • How Artists and Designers use 2D materials, processes and Techniques. 
  • Motion Graphics
  • Digital Fine Art
  • Illustration

You will also exhibit your work as part of the course alongside other courses within the creative department. You will work towards a Personal Development qualification and you will be involved in a range of activities designed to improve your employability. 

Ideal If:
You would like to progress into a career in the expanding creative industries including advertising, design, illustration and character design.

You'll Learn:
How to present, exhibit and sell your art, digital image creation, photography, and how artists use 2D materials, techniques, and processes.

You'll Love:
The hands-on approach to this course and developing your art and graphic skills using a range of techniques and equipment within our modern and well-equipped Graphic Design, photography and art studios. Exhibiting and selling your work through various student companies. The visits to galleries and exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast. Working on commissions for internal and external clients.

You'll Progress:
Many of our students progress to further study at a higher level. Some may apply for entry to the University of their choice but many choose to stay with us for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Further study could lead to many career options such as advertising, illustration, animation, or graphic design.

You'll Need:

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to included Art, English and / or Mathematics or their Level 2 equivalents. Or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a Merit grade or higher.

You must also have a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in Art and Design. Details of this will be confirmed in your email invitation at a later date.

You will also be asked to complete a short Summer Evaluation Project.

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C or above.


Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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Further Education

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