A Level Graphic DesignBack
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT?
This is an art and design-based A level that specialises in 2D Graphic Design techniques including: digital software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as well as hand-made techniques such as illustration, rendering, typography, layout and visual editing. In addition to this, students learn to use presentation techniques and to work in a sketchbook.
DURATION OF COURSE:
This course is a two-year linear A level. Grading is through internal assessment and external moderation.
WHAT UNITS/TOPICS WILL BE STUDIED?
The course comprises 60% coursework and 40% externally set task. The first year involves short projects and workshops exploring key design principles such as layering and creating meaning in images. This is followed by the first phase of the personal investigation. In the second year there are two assessed components: ‘Personal Investigation’ in which students specialise in their chosen area of Graphic Design and write a supporting essay and ‘Externally Set Task’ where students will choose from a range of given themes and create a project, this includes a timed practical examination.
WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS SUBJECT?
G Score: 34
GCSE Art and Design or Graphic Design: 5
GCSE English: 4
A general enthusiasm for the visual arts and a commitment to making practical artwork through lessons and independent practice. Students who have not studied art and design at GCSE can present a small portfolio of their work at interview/ enrolment which will be taken into consideration.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE MYSELF TO STUDY THIS SUBJECT?
Visit both large and small museums and galleries in central London and the surrounding area. Keep a sketchbook of drawings, photographs and found images and try to work from direct observation rather than copying from the internet. Keep a record of the art and design which most inspires you.
WHERE CAN THIS LEAD ME?
Students often progress onto a Foundation Diploma course in art and design or directly onto a degree in a range of art-based or other subjects. Careers in Graphic Design include: Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Technician, Museum Assistant, Stage/ Theatre Design, Advertising, Film, Curating.
WHAT ARE THE ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES AS PART OF THIS SUBJECT?
There are many visits to galleries, museums, degree shows and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to enter competitions on a local and national level.