Course Brief

Graphic design has come to embody a broad spectrum of practices, including illustration, corporate identity, motion graphics, packaging, print, interface and screen based practices and alternative methods of communicating information. The growth of this area is facilitated with new platforms and a demand for innovative communication. The graphic designer is required to work within very specific creative and technical constraints, applying standards, ethical approaches and positive organisation and communication skills to meet these.

The aim of this unit is to develop students’ confidence in managing a graphic design project through the full spectrum of the design cycle. At each of these stages, students will apply graphic design practices associated with the industry in order to create a coherent graphic communication product in a specialist area.

Topics included in this unit are the contextual awareness of graphic design practices, appreciation and exploitation of design constraints, working with a broad spectrum of materials and technology, applying reflection and testing within the development stage, efficient graphic design practices and delivering a graphic solution to a client.

On successful completion of this unit students will recognise and practice the individual steps required to efficiently produce a graphic design outcome. They will do this by applying systematic research techniques, formulating and implementing a brief with awareness of context, applying design iteration and reflection and quality control measures, and delivering a proficient product.


  • This course is offered in 60 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply research techniques to establish an awareness of context, related to a graphic design problem.
  2. Develop a graphic design brief, to meet client needs in a given context.
  3. Explore alternative solutions to a graphic design brief.
  4. Present a final graphic design solution to a client.

Unit level: 4
Credit value: 15

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design is an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for employment in the design sector in areas such as Web Design, Animation, Marketing, Illustration, Multimedia as well as the business aspects of Corporate and Freelance design.

    Learners will be able to direct their studies to specialize in either Graphic Design, Digital Design or Arts Practice. This programme allows learners to develop a contemporary focus on areas of creative practice relevant to their chosen career path.

    Pearson is the largest International awarding body approved by the UK government; it has the widest range of UK academic and vocational qualifications available to schools, colleges and organizations worldwide; operating in over 110 countries, over two million people study for Pearson qualifications in over 7000 centres annually.

    Graduates will be able to gain direct access to the extended final year of the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design offered by the University of Sunderland.