Graphic Design

A Level Graphic Design

Course summary

The A-Level Graphic Design course is aimed at students who are looking to develop their visual creativity and will encourage you to explore and enhance your design skills using a range of graphic design processes, media, techniques and workshops that explore graphic visual language. The design skills you develop will include visual communication, printmaking, illustration, typography, advertising, digital media and animation. In addition to specialist graphic design skills, the course will also give you a solid grounding in a number of essential skills and the exploration of the formal elements necessary to the successful realisation of your design ideas and outcomes.


What does the course involve?

In Year One, there is a broad based introduction to graphic design and illustration, together with transferable skill acquisition. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of materials, working methods and processes exploring the specialist areas of:

  • Drawing        
  • Printing
  • Advertising campaigns
  • Digital photography
  • Packaging design
  • Character design
  • Illustration
  • Website Design
  • Animation
  • Typography
  • 3D design

During the second year, students begin to focus on areas of particular interest and are encouraged to work with increasing independence of mind.


What makes this course special?

  • Fully equipped PC and MAC suites with industry software eg: Photoshop, Flash, Cinema4D, Stop Motion Pro and Final Cut Pro
  • Exhibitions throughout the course & end of course public exhibition
  • Regular visits to art and design galleries and to draw in different locations
  • Opportunities to enter national competitions
  • Workshops run by visiting designers
  • Well qualified teaching and support staff with a range of specialist expertise
  • Linked-in optional evening classes in subjects such as Life Drawing, 3D skills and Photoshop to enhance your experience

Where will my course lead?

A-level Graphic Design provides students with opportunities to use industry standard Graphic Design software packages to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.

Students can progress directly from A Level to an arts degree such as Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Illustration, Games Design, Multi-Media Design, and Fine Art. Employment as a graphic designer is the clearest route but this course also offers a way into illustration, animation, working for the media, an advertising company or design agency.

Previous students have progressed to Garphic Design degrees at the University of the Arts, Bath Spa and Cardiff University.