What is the course about?
This is an art and design-based course that specialises in awareness of, and practices in, graphic design.
Exam board: EDEXCEL
Duration of course: This is a two year linear A level, but students will be entered for the AS qualification as well in the first year.
What units/topics will be studied?
The first year explores broad areas of graphic design, including typography, illustration, layout, advertising and digital computer-aided design. The second year allows you to specialise according to talent and interest.
You will study a personal investigation unit and an externally set (exam) unit each year. The second year you will also do a written study.
What do I need to study this subject?
G Score : 34
GCSE Maths : n/a
GCSE English : C (preferred)
GCSE Science : n/a
GCSE Art or Technology (graphic products) : A* - C
What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?
Read or watch John Berger ‘Ways of Seeing’ Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Berger Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Penguin Classics (25 Sept. 2008); Language: English; ISBN-10: 014103582X; ISBN-13: 978-0141035826
Where can this lead me?
You can progress onto a Foundation Diploma course or a degree in a range of art-based subjects, and careers in design including advertising, animation, illustration and multimedia web design.
What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?
There are visits to galleries, museums, degree shows, workshops and opportunities to meet artists and designers.
GSCORE: 34 C - Design Communication/Graphics Products/Art & Design (as 3-D Design), C/5 – English
C - Design Communication/Graphics Products/Art & Design (as 3-D Design), C/5 – English