What is the course about?
The UAL Level 1 Diploma is a one-year course where you will be introduced to Graphic Design. You will learn how to become a creative designer and produce a unique portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills though graphic communication.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
Yes, please contact our customer services before enrolling.
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
This is a Level 1 course aimed at beginners with a keen interest in the subject.
- A minimum level of E3 Functional Skills in English and Maths is required for this course.
- You will also need to have good basic computer skills for this course which has a significant computer-based content. We use Apple Macs, but skills are easily transferable for PC users
- If you wish to move on to a Level 2 course, you will be advised to study Functional Skills, Level 1 English alongside this course.
What topics does the course cover?
You will be introduced to Graphic Design through materials and processes as well as software techniques. Explore colour, texture, surfaces and marks to create unique work and use software to explore layout, typography and presentation. In terms 1 and 2 the tutor will guide you through class exercises and projects. In term 2 and 3 you will develop an independent Final Major Project.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is delivered 1 day per week for one year with a combination of face-to-face, studio practical skills, online learning, plus directed study time. The course will introduce you to Graphic Design through discussion, projects, group work, demonstrations, and practical exercises.
There is no formal examination: you will be assessed on the Final Major Project and the course work you produce which will be externally moderated by UAL.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
The full ADOBE CC suite and MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE including TEAMS are available to you FREE while you remain on the course. You must have a suitable computer to run the Adobe Suite so you can complete homework and online content at home. You must be able to download, install and work via Microsoft TEAMS. You will be provided with a sketchbook, but you need to purchase a USB stick or portable hard drive for you to take your digital work home (at least 20Gb)
Other costs include an investment in your time to complete self-directed study outside of the tutor led activities, around 4-6 hours per week.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
You will be able to create and work on designs through materials and processes as well as using software techniques, including Photoshop. You will understand how to work to a project brief and make creative decisions.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
You can progress to the Level 2 UAL Diploma in Graphic Design or Level 2 UAL Diploma in Creative Media which start in September 2023.