Course Details

On this course you will learn how to develop design solutions as you explore how graphic design can communicate ideas and messages. A graphic designer is responsible for much of the design work that we see in our daily lives; logos, magazine layouts, advertisement campaigns, websites and much more. This course encourages you to develop your powers of creative, problem solving, digital, traditional and practical skills.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 9/A* - 4/C including an art based subject, English language and maths. At interview you are required to bring a portfolio / sketchbook of art work with you. If you have not studied an art based GCSE you will need to attend a second interview to present a portfolio.

Career options

You can go into higher education or directly into the workplace. Exciting career opportunities include Graphic Illustration, Fashion Design, Book or Magazine Design, Publishing, Media, Advertising, Graphic Designer, Production Designer, Illustrator, Printmaker or a Landscape Architect.

A Level Graphic Communication

Five highlights

  • 1 Art Design and Media faculty rated OFSTED Oustanding 2014
  • 2 Safe Friendly Location
  • 3 World Class Student Support
  • 4 Expert Lecturers
  • 5 Industry standard software: Adobe Creative Suite CS6

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 02.09.2019
  • AQA A level in Graphic Communication

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Course code Location Course length Start date
ART051CD1A Chichester Campus 1 Year 02.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

This course will give you the opportunity to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of different graphic design skills and software programmes. After starting with traditional elements you will then move into the digital to support a client. Techniques you will explore include typography, layout and design for print. You will also learn about different illustrative styles and you will utilise mixed media work in your designs. You will carry out contextual studies of contemporary designers and artists to inspire your own work.

How will I be taught?

Lessons are based in one of the design studios with an available A3 colour printer and scanner. You will be introduced to a range of creative materials, techniques and processes through several short projects. Whole class and 1-to-1 tutorials ensure you learn the necessary skills.

How will I be assessed?

This is a 2 year linear A-level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. You will undertake several projects and will learn to work creatively to fulfil a brief. All year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway, which may include external exams, that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

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