Art, Design and Fashion

Graphic Design Diploma Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September and runs for two years.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English
  • You will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme and are advised to bring a portfolio of work to their interview in order to demonstrate their interests and abilities
  • Where applicants do not quite meet the entry requirements, the tutor may use their discretion based on the portfolio and interview

You will achieve

  • Level 3 Art and Design (Graphic Design) Diploma on completion of Year 1
  • Level 3 Art and Design (Graphic Design) Extended Diploma on completion of Year 2

Course overview

Graphic designers are visual communicators; creating and combining words, symbols, and images to dynamically and professionally express ideas and messages. This course aims to identify and develop new and exciting talent for this ever growing communications specialism. It is designed to explore a wide range of specialisms within graphic design.

Course content

This course allows you to study all areas of graphic design, photography, branding and visual communication and digital media including web design using industry standard software and approaches.

You will also get the chance to develop your work through educational and gallery visits including international residential trips to cities including New York and Paris.

Units of study include:

  • Designing for the creative industry
  • Design for print
  • Design for advertising
  • Digital photography and image manipulation
  • Typography
  • Social media applications


Your work will be assessed throughout the course, both internally and by an external moderator. At the end of each studio module you will present a folder of work for discussion and grading.

The final major project is exhibited as part of the Arts Festival in June/July which is open to the public. In order to gain a full Extended Diploma you must pass all the course units.

You will require a basic personal and portable kit of materials and equipment. Your tutor will advise you on the best drawing, painting and technical equipment and eventually, the portfolio you will need.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

Employment – This course can form the foundations for a range of creative occupations including Graphic Designer, Artist, Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Photographer and other related roles.

Education – You could progress to university, studying a variety of graphic design, art, design, fashion and crafts disciplines or other higher level qualifications such as a Higher National Diploma (HND).

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Graphic Design Diploma Level 3 Full-time

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