A Level Art and Design – Graphic Design

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Course programme:
A Level Courses
Area of study:
Visual Arts
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Course Requirements: 

At least five GCSE grades 9 to 6. If you have not taken an art and design qualification in Year 11, don’t worry. We can assess your creative ability and material understanding at interview.

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Why study this course?

You should choose this course if you want to work with a broad range of media forms to refine and communicate your own ideas and develop practical and technical skills. You will develop your creativity, problem solving, planning, and evaluation skills.

What will I study?

You will study a combination of illustration, typography, editorial, advertising and branding, package design, design for print, computer graphics, multimedia design, animation and special effects, storyboarding and layout.

How is this course assessed?

Unit 1 (40%) – personal creative enquiry, unit 2 (36) – personal investigation and unit 3 (24%) – externally set assignment.

What can I study with this course?

Graphic design is a tool that that communicates with people in an efficient manner. It serves to deliver a message to the target audience in an aesthetic way. Graphic design is an art that has a purpose and objective. Graphics combines well with a wide range of subjects due to the variety of skills required to be successful, from the technical and analytical to the creative. It most naturally links well with subjects such as art, photography or film and TV. It can also compliment science and maths as a pathway to further study in to, architecture and other design careers.

Where does this qualification lead?

The course provides secure foundations for progression onto design-based degree courses, such as illustration, architecture, interior design and product design. It is a well-established and respected creative subject that provides transferrable skills which will cross over to any profession or degree course. Employers and university admissions tutors alike welcome the skills that studying graphics provides, such as independent learning, teamwork, analysis, active listening, communication and working to deadlines.

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