Graphic Design & Photography

Reasons to study this course

  • Excellent preparation for your career in Graphic Design and Photography, learning from assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations.
  • Learn to work with industry professionals on ‘live’ projects, building employability skills and opportunities to see your work used commercially.
  • Access to a range of specialist equipment including the Adobe Creative Suite, a lighting studio and darkroom.
  • Chance to progress to university, or into Art and Design-related employment.

What you will need to study this course

  • commitment to Graphic Design or Photography
  • hard work ethic
  • enthusiasm for producing personal and unique work
  • passion for the subject

What you will study

Year 1 – you will develop visual language skills with a variety of media including a combination of computer-based processes and techniques using industry-standard software (Adobe Creative Suite), also incorporating use of traditional media and materials.

Year 2 – you have the choice of pursuing either the Graphic Design or the Photography pathways. Specialist areas in the Graphic Design pathway includes digital capture and editing, advertising, typography and publishing. Specialist areas in the Photography pathway include landscape/architecture, studio, film and portraiture.

How you will be assessed

Year 1 – four main assignments

Year 2 – two main assignments + Final Major Project

The National Diploma is coursework and unit based.

Priestley Extra

Gallery visits, research trips as well as visiting speakers from universities and industry to discuss career paths. ‘Live’ assignments set by industry professionals. Past clients range from Sky TV, Barclays, Professional Imagemaker, Greene King cakes and a number of local and national charities and businesses.


You will build a strong portfolio that will allow you to apply for top university places or go on to work in the Creative Industries, in full-time employment or apprenticeships. Other options include progression onto the Art Foundation course.

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