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Graphic Design

What is Graphic Design?

Graphic Design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of type, space and image. Graphics is all around us – the packaging we use, lettering, illustration, labels and brands that we see every day, advertising across a range of platforms – it’s all designed and created through Graphic Design processes. The course focuses on illustration, advertising, branding and information graphics.

What Will You Study?

You will study four units of work over the two years. The first unit will explore image making processes, including developing your drawing skills, taking and using your own photographs, and extending these into further mark making such as collage and printing. We will also introduce you to the professional practices of using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to edit and create images using this industry standard software.

The second units of each year will provide you with an exam theme to respond to and interpret and produce final outcomes in a timed examination.

What Next?

An A Level in Graphic Design 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. Many of our students progress onto Graphic Design and Art courses at institutions such as Leeds College of Art, Manchester Metropolitan School of Art and London College of Communication (UAL).

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Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade B in GCSE Art/Graphic Design (NOT Graphic Products). If you have not studied GCSE Art or Graphic Design, we will send out a mini portfolio task for you to complete after you have finished your GCSEs.

Course Type

A Level


Exam: 50%          Coursework: 50%

Interesting Fact

For the last 5 years our students have won or been ‘runner up’ in the National Design Museum competition.

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