Access to HE Graphic Design and Illustration

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The Access to HE Graphic Design and Illustration course is ideal for applicants who wish to progress to university to study graphic design and/ or illustration.

On the course, you will explore your creative ideas, build a portfolio and exhibit your work. You will have access to workshops where you can learn new creative digital design skills utilising Apple Macs and Adobe software, along with accessing more traditional creative art techniques and processes.

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Who is this course for?

The course is for students over 19 years old who are passionate about the art and design industry, and who would specifically like to develop their skills and experience in graphic design or illustration. The course is ideal for those who have experience at any level and who would like to go to university to study their subject in more depth. It is also suitable for those who are thinking of changing their career or have left education with no qualifications.

Units / Modules

Modules are specific to your area of study and are aligned with both historical and contemporary practises within the art and design industry.

Benefits / Skills

  • Taught by highly qualified, industry experienced teachers and technicians.
  • Academic study, research and writing skills to help with expectations at university.
  • Access to industry standard equipment and resources.
  • Experiencing the expectation of university and industry.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have GCSE or equivalent maths and English (Grade 4 or C) and an interest in a future career in graphic design or illustration.

How will you be assessed

Assessment is conducted at key points throughout the year and your final qualification is awarded based solely on your coursework. There are no exams.

Career Progression

This course will prepare you for independent study at Higher Education Level. This is a one year course and it provides credits that will allow successful students to progress to university at its end.

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Course Details


1 year

Study Type

Full time

Start Date


Course Code


Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Fee (Adult)

£3,928   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Course Facts

Trips and Opportunities

Industry standard facilities and software


Highly experienced teaching staff

Extra Curriculum

Regular visits to industry and galleries.

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