This A Level is included within the following A Level pathways as a RECOMMENDED CORE subject: Creative Studies; Design and Media. It is included in the following pathways as a RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL SUBJECT: Business and Entrepreneurship; English and Communications. However, you can choose Graphic Design and Illustration with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
This is an exciting, practical course. You will have the opportunity to look at advertising and packaging, typography, animation, illustration and computer graphics. You will also take part in live industry commissions and competitions set by external clients.
Topics in Year One include practical responses based on the work of other artists and themes and an externally set task where you will respond to questions in your preferred art discipline. Then in Year Two, you will undertake a personal practical investigation, a personal written response and an externally set task.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English Language and preferably an Art or DT subject OR an art portfolio.
Future career and study opportunities
Graphic Design can lead you to a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, HND Textiles and a degree in any art and design specialism. You can then progress into many careers including graphic design, packaging design, illustration, publishing, web design, UI design, visual marketing, advertising, textile and fashion design, fine art, animation, and interior design.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but offers other activities to help you develop employability skills, including live client briefs, competitions, exhibitions, visiting speakers and much more. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
During your workshop period, materials are provided for free, but there will be a change for any making sessions outside of this time. You will also need to provide a small art kit for drawing and sketching.