Design Apprenticeship Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This Apprenticeship is a training programme for new or existing employees working within a design function. The programme operates in the workplace, where employees work alongside experienced staff to gain specific skills, whilst also receiving tuition from the College. The Apprenticeship enables an employer to fill specific skills gaps, adapt to new opportunities and technologies and train their workforce in their own way, passing on skills that have been acquired over many years.

We are working with a range of small and large businesses in areas including graphic design, fashion and textiles and product design.

The course has flexibility to meet the individual needs of employers and apprentices, and commonly includes the following aspects:

  • Identifying clients’ requirements and writing design briefs
  • Creative thinking techniques
  • Copyright and legislation
  • Using the design process effectively
  • Digital software, for example Adobe CC
  • Creative image-making techniques and processes
  • Adobe CC software
  • Layout and composition
  • Drawing
  • Presenting designs/artwork
  • Branding
  • Market research
  • Costs and budgets
  • Time management
  • English skills

Enthusiasm for technology, creating great online experiences and working as part of a team is a must.

Apprentices can start this Apprenticeship at any time of year.

Assessment Methods

Assessment takes place throughout the course and there are no exams. Examples of assessment methods include evidence of practical skills and knowledge, producing design work, verbal discussions, video evidence, observation activities, witness statements, evidence of theoretical knowledge and understanding, and written assignments, projects and case studies. Assessments in English and Maths may apply.

Progression Options

On completion you could progress into full time employment or move on to university.

Course Summary

Course Title Design Apprenticeship Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs in the 9 to 3 range including English and Maths and an interest/experience in design. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview and initial assessment in English and Maths. You will also need a suitable employer able and willing to support you during your Apprenticeship programme.

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An apprenticeship has been the best option for me since I benefit from working in the industry as well as gaining a qualification. College days give me time to work on my assignments and explore features in the software I haven’t covered at work. During the rest of the week, I develop client relationships which help build my confidence and improve my ability to express ideas.

Heidi Prole - Level 3 Apprenticeship in Graphic Design

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