The course is designed to provide a specialist programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required to progress in the field of Graphic Design.
Students will study disciplines such as advertising, illustration, packaging design, typography, website design, desktop publishing and animation.
We encourage students to be creative, independent and individual and help them develop the skills they will need to progress in the field of Graphic Design. The research and development work is completed in a sketchbook and we have two suites of computers with the latest Adobe software for the production of final outcomes. Students are able to work to their strengths and develop their own style.
In year 12 and 13 you will study one main unit of work. This Personal Investigation will be thematic and will evolve based on your particular focus and interests. The Personal Investigation unit will be separated into smaller projects covering a range of graphic design skills including advertising, illustration using traditional and digital techniques, packaging design, typography and interactive media. You will also complete a project based on a starting point from the examination paper. In all there will be 1 unit of study in year 12 and 1 unit of study in year 13.
Students often progress to art and design foundation courses and then degree courses, although we have a high percentage of students who have been accepted directly onto Graphic Design courses on the strength of their creative portfolio. The nature of the course provides the perfect foundation for progression into a career in Graphic Design, one of the most popular and modern forms of art and design in the world today.
Students are expected to have at least a grade 4 at GCSE level in an Art and Design subject.
A portfolio can be viewed for consideration by an art teacher on request if you have not achieved the required grades.