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What can I expect
to do?



The Graphics Pathway at Manchester Creative Studio is taught within the Cambridge Technical in Art and Design Level 3 Specification, and is a 2-year course

Students will be placed onto the Extended Diploma version of the course, where they will study 18 units in total over the 2 years. This is the equivalent of 3 x A Levels, and is currently worth between 48 and 168 UCAS Tariff Points

Students will study a variety of units including Digital Technology, Branding, Digital Photography, and Animation, where students will begin their Graphic Design journey by being introduced to Adobe Software, and building upon these skills throughout the course

A typical unit within the course will consist of initial research, experimenting, generating ideas for a brief, developing ideas, presenting ideas to a client, using client feedback to refine ideas, and presenting a final outcome in response to a brief


For full information on this qualification, please see the
OCR website


How will
I be assessed?


The course is coursework based only, and work is assessed by tutors on a regular basis using the Pass, Merit, and Distinction criteria set out per unit of work

To achieve these qualifications you will be assessed through your practical and written work via coursework assignments.  Working in the media involves a lot of team working so you can expect to work in creative teams on projects


Students are encouraged to continually improve upon their work in order to meet the highest assessment criteria

your pathway


Once you have successfully completed the course, your opportunities are endless!

If you have enough UCAS Tariff Points, you will be able to go on to specialist degree courses such as Graphic Design, Animation, Advertising, Illustration, Art Direction, Character Design etc

Students who are more business minded and able to network effectively may choose to become a freelance Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Animator

Graphic Design team Manchester Creative Studio

Course Leader


Kelly McKinnon– Graphic Design Course Leader

I joined MCS in September 2014 as a Graphics Learning Coach and have thoroughly enjoyed watching our talented students grow and flourish in such a unique environment. I passed my NQT last year whilst at MCS in what was a very interesting year that included some amazing projects such as creating animations with The Politics Project, persuading people to vote with The People’s History Museum, where two of our students now have their work displayed after winning a nation-wide competition, and working with charities including 42nd Street, Mustard Tree and Merci on rebranding. I studied for my degree in Graphic Design at University of Leeds and my PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University, working with various companies including Urbis and FutureSonic. I love to travel, seeking out new inspiration wherever I go and have worked as an Arts and Design Counsellor in Pennsylvania and at RMITV in Melbourne, as well taking part in Tribewanted in Fiji and speaking to many an artist or designer in far flung places, my favourite being Mumbai. I feel that creativity should be at the heart of education and am a great believer in employers playing a key role in the education of young people wishing to enter the industry, which is why I teach at MCS. Very excited to see where our students head next!




Do I have to be good at drawing?

You will be able to draw at a competent level. We encourage drawing to develop ideas, explore designer’s work, and create your own final pieces, whether it’s traditional drawing or using a graphics tablet. Drawing is an essential part of any creative process

Should I have studied a creative subject at school?

GCSE Art or Graphics is preferable, however we welcome creativity in all its forms, so if you have a genuine creative interest, and can show us a personal sketchbook – we would love to have a look!

Is the course full time or part time?

The course is full time

Success Rates

100% Course Completion rate so far. Students have received merit or above, with one of our most successful students gaining the highest grade possible at DDD* - our moderators were so impressed, they took away samples of work

Find out more

To find out more information about this course, please contact Zoe Rea