Course Information

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design - Graphics

Oxford, Cambridge and RSA

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 01 September 2021
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 34
Hours per Week: 15
Total Hours: 510
Fee: N/A
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator:


The Graphics and Photography Pathway is a two-year course split into two one-year elements. In the first year, you’ll be placed onto the Subsidiary Diploma, where you’ll study 9 units, 18 in total over the 2 years. This is the equivalent of 3 x A Levels You’ll study units like Digital Technology, Branding for Design, Digital Photography, Animation, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics Advertising Photography and Fashion Photography. A typical unit consists of initial research, experimentation, 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. Each unit is designed to be delivered as a project, based on commercial outcomes.

Additional Information

You will begin with an introduction to the Adobe range of industry-standard software, and you’ll be expected to build on your skills throughout the course. A series of industry talks and educational and team-building visits are conducted over the two years to help you develop your commercial awareness and make decisions about your future career.

Course Content

Art & Design in Context is a mandatory unit in each year. You’ll specialise in your major for that year, either Photography or Graphic Design. Optional units include:

  • Exploring Digital Photography,
  • Art and Design Illustration,
  • Exploring Film-based Photography,
  • Design for Advertising,
  • Digital Image Creation,
  • Using Digital Technology in Graphic Design,
  • Portrait Photography,/li>
  • Character Design and Creation,
  • Landscape Photography,
  • Branding Corporate Design,
  • How artists and Designers Use 2D Materials, Techniques and Processes,
  • Realising an Outcome for a Specialist Art or Design Brief,
  • Exploring Artists as Photographers,
  • Motion Graphics,
  • Creating Animation,
  • Exhibiting and Presenting Artwork ,
  • OCN NI Level 2 Award in Photography.
  • Assessment Method

    You will be assessed throughout the year and be expected to complete a range of assignments on an ongoing basis. This includes the production of 2D and 3D work with accompanying sketchbooks and written work, culminating in a final major project and end-of-the-year show. Units are delivered by coursework, which is internally assessed and externally moderated. There are no exams.

    Progression Opportunities

    This course will give you the tools to progress to associated Degree programmes, or move directly into work placements or employment. Students who recently completed the qualification progressed to Degree and HND courses in Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The course provides a pathway into the College’s HNC/D in Photography & Graphic Design, provided the prerequisite qualification level is achieved.

    Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs at Grades C or above including English Language and/or Maths (including Art) or successful completion of a Level 2 related qualification. Equivalent to 3 A-Levels. Please check with the individual Course Co-ordinator on application. Criteria may be subject to change. If you don not have Grade C in English, Maths or Computing, you’ll need to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and/or ICT. You’ll also need to have a successful interview. You’ll need to bring a portfolio of art and design work to your interview, which should demonstrate an awareness and enthusiasm for Art & Design. You’ll need to have a DSLR and a 500gb Hard Drive before joining this course. For Progression to Year 2, satisfactory completion of Year 1 studies must be achieved.