What can I expect
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
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
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
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!