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Graphic Design Level 2

Level 2 Graphic Design


Graphic Design Intermediate (Level 2)

This exciting course introduces you to new ideas about design, photography, illustration, design software and traditional drawing and printing skills. You will create an individual portfolio of work that will help you to progress to a Level 3 study programme.

Course information

Entry requirements

Duration: 1 year

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-3 or equivalent, ideally including English & maths


  • Art & Design at Level 1

Entry is subject to a successful interview. You must bring a portfolio which shows examples of your art, design or media work, which should demonstrate an enthusiasm for the subject. We are looking for potential and interest – not a perfect portfolio yet.

Course content

You will study a range of core and optional units that develop skills in design, page layout, photography, illustration and typography. You will have time in the new Apple Mac suites to develop your creative digital skills. You will learn how to use design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Graphic Design is not only using computers; a full range of drawing and image making techniques are key parts of this creative course.

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

This study programme will prepare you for progression on to the Level 3 study programmes in Graphic Design, Photography, Fashion, Media or Art & Design.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment takes place throughout the course.

  • Art & Design UAL Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths skills if required
Additional information
  • Drawing materials (drawing pads, sketchbooks, pens, pencils, fabrics etc.)
  • Two trips per year approx. £15 per trip
Fine Art Bedford

Course Duration

This course can be completed in one year or two years dependent on your grades. Please apply for the course as normal and you will be placed on the appropriate course during the application/ enrolment process. For any questions, please contact

Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Bedford College Graphic Design Level 3
Art & Design


I love studying Graphic Design because you can be really playful with your work. When I visited Bedford College on an open day, I saw the work that current students were producing and thought it was really good. The tutors told me that I could achieve the same and, although I hadn’t studied Graphics at school, I wanted to push myself. 

Our tutors always give us a clear vision of what might work, but never pin us down to one idea – you choose what goes into your coursework book and how you develop your ideas. I was really proud of my final major project last year. The brief was ‘cities’ and I produced a London architecture booklet; it was a great excuse to go down to London for research, too!

I got myself a one-week work experience placement at a global brand agency in London, who work on projects for big brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and Harvey Nichols. I sat in on some meetings and worked alongside two Graphic Designers who I have remained friends with. They have told me to stay in touch and, in the meantime, I want to stay on at College, perhaps for the Higher National Certificate (HNC), or find an apprenticeship.  

When I started the study programme I wanted to design magazines for a living, but being at College has opened up my eyes to so many more options. I now know I don’t want to be stuck in an office doing the same thing every day; I want to be able to express my own ideas and be given briefs to design something really cool.  

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.