Graphic Design BTEC Pearson Level 3 Certificate

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Graphic Design BTEC Pearson Level 3 Certificate: This practical one-year course leads to a Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Art and Design (Graphic Design) and is invaluable for those aiming to work in visual communication, creative design, editorial or media-related fields, or who need to build a portfolio of work for progression to Higher Education in Digital Media Production or Art & Design. The course aims to develop your knowledge of type, layout, image manipulation and digital design techniques for print using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. The course aims to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to design effective and creative page layout solutions using typography, page layout conventions and design-for-print software applications. There is one mandatory unitr, and two selected units as follows: Mandatory Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design In this unit, learners will build their visual language skills and understanding through using the formal elements (line, tone, colour, shape, pattern, surface, structure etc) in a wide range of visual studies activities. Learners will develop the ability to identify and select for different purposes appropriate visual qualities from direct observation. Understanding the process of exploring and recording will involve experimenting with mark-making using varied materials, techniques and processes appropriate to graphic design. Unit 2: Type & Letterforms Topics covered in the spring term course include: Exploration of the historical and contemporary developments of typefaces and letterforms Exploration how typefaces and letterforms communicate a message: the power of typography in communication - Fonts: style, size, weight, fitness for purpose - Legibility Exploration of the typographic design work of others (ie in galleries, exhibitions as well as TV, advertising, the internet etc) Typographic conventions and terminology Unit 3: Typography & Layout Design Topics covered in the summer term course in

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Tutor approval is needed for this course. You need to book an interview online. Good keyboard skills and a good degree of computer literacy (Mac or PC) are essential, as is a working knowledge of InDesign and/or QuarkXpress, Photoshop, and Illustrator CC. Previous art and design experience (eg life drawing, painting, illustration etc) is highly desirable. Students who have no knowledge of Adobe CC are advised to take this course after, or at the very least, in conjunction with specialist InDesign and Photoshop courses (see prospectus). Students should be keen to experiment with innovative treatment of words and images, letterforms and typography and layout design, and to explore new digital techniques and processes. This is essentially a workshop environment in which you learn through practical exploration of different techniques and how they can be applied as a design solution.

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Course reference: C00945192001 (use this when contacting provider)

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Start Date: Tue 24th September 2019


Richmond, TW9 2RE


6:15pm - 9:15pm


33 weeks


Part time day


Nationally recognised qualification


BeginnerIntermediate Advanced

From: £1,235

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Life Drawing - All Levels
by Neville - October 2017

Started career as cartoonist Eagle Girl Robin and drawing live telling stories BBC/ITV childrens progs. before becoming music entertainment staff producer. So it was with trepidation started once more with Life classes at RACC.very rusty seeing all the faults. however tutor is marvellous very accomodating allowing freedom introducing different approaches showing various artist's style etc. and easy with everyone giving simple help and advice. Continuing and also going to try the Portraiture class. Richmond College is excellent.

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