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What is Graphics A-Level?

Graphics A-Level is the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of type, space and image. Graphic Design is all around us – the packaging we use, lettering, illustration, labels and brands that we see every day.

What Will You Study?

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  • Magazine Design & Book Publishing
  • Branding & Logo Development
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign)
  • Animation & Moving Image
  • Packaging Design
  • Interior Design
  • Advertising (Print & Digital)
  • Illustration & Mixed Media
  • Hand Rendered & Digital Techniques
  • Typography & Lettering
  • Live Competition Briefs

What Next?

A Graphic Communications A-Level offers a wide range of Higher Education opportunities including; Architecture, Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising, Animation, Visual Communication, Web Design, Games Design, Multi-Media, Product Design, Packaging Design and Set Design.

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Entry Requirements for Graphic Communication A-Level

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in any GCSE Art subject, as listed below (NOT Graphic Products). If you have not previously studied GCSE Art or Graphic Design, we will send out a mini-portfolio task for you to complete after you have finished your GCSEs in June.

For entry onto Graphics we accept a Grade 5 in the following subjects

  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Fine Art
  • GCSE Art and Design
  • GCSE Photography
  • GCSE Graphics
  • GCSE Textiles
  • Distinction in BTEC Art
  • Distinction in BTEC Art & Design

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and Btecs) Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Film Studies, Media Studies, English and Digital Photography.

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