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Graphic Design and Interactive Media Opening Doors – Free Courses for Jobseekers


A fun and practical, introductory 4 week course, taught by industry professionals. Applicants must have an interest in design, basic IT skills and be comfortable using computers.
Full attendance is required to complete this course: 4 weeks full-time, Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 3.30pm.
  • Learn the principles of graphic design; how to combine typography and image; create logos and brand identity; understand the difference between using colour in print (CMYK) and digital (RGB) designs.
  • Learn how to use Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Learn how to create and embed QR codes, hyperlinks and pop-ups in interactive pdfs.
You will create an A4 print portfolio of design work which is assessed by the tutor at the end of the course.
On successful completion of the course, you will receive 2 accredited Ncfe qualifications: Level 1 Award in Graphic Design and Level 1 Certificate in Interactive Media.


If the following criteria apply, you qualify for one our FREE Opening Doors programmes
  • 19+
  • Unemployed and claiming a means tested benefit*
  • Employed and earning less than £20,319 per annum*
  • If English is not your first language, your language will be at Entry Level 3 or above
  • If you are not UK citizen, you will need to provide a confirmation of EU settlement status or a valid visa
  • An interview with the course tutor

*FREE* Online short courses

Make the most of these extraordinary times and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. A short online course is a significant first step to improving your skills and achieving your career goals.

Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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