Graphics - A Level - Year 1

Graphic Communication is communication in its purest form. The designer has a responsibility to make information easily available and understandable through skill, knowledge and wit. Good visual communication is at the heart of a civilised society. During the 2 year course you will gain the necessary skills and understanding to create great design.

You will cover disciplines such as typography, digital design, photography, traditional illustration and animation. You will discover where your particular talents lie when communicating visually, then work towards a specialism with one to one expert guidance. At the end of the two years you will have created a body of work that reflects your particular skills in the field of Graphic Communication.

How will I be assessed?

The first year is assessed internally resulting in a formative grade. The second year is assessed internally and moderated by AQA and has 2 components, the Personal Investigation and the externally set assignment. The grade for these units makes up your A Level grade.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 and 3 at Grade 5 including an Art & Design subject.

A Level 2 Vocational qualification in Art & Design or a strong portfolio may also be considered.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses including Graphics HNC, you may also consider a Creative Apprenticeship.
  • University - related degrees including Graphic Design, Illustration and Animation.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you have an interest in a career as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Packaging Designer, Animator, Character Designer, Online Interactive Designer, Interior Designer or Art Director.

Additional information

This course often involves taking photographs, many as homework and so access to a camera would be useful.

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