Course Level: A LEVEL

Exam Board: Edexcel

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Entry requirements: No previous knowledge required, but good grades in GCSE show ability. GCSE English and Maths – Grade 6 and GCSE Art / Design Technology (or equivalent) – Grade 6.

Course Description

Learners studying Graphic Design will explore and develop a variety of tools, materials, techniques, processes and digital skills (CAD/CAM) within graphic communication. The course is centred on commercial digital design focusing on; 3D architectural forms, 3D packaging, point of sale displays and corporate identities; branding/logo development, typography, illustration and multi-media design.

The Graphic Design course is an entirely coursework assessed A level subject. There is an exam which is 100% practical, there are no written exams, instead learners are required to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and capabilities through practical design work. Learners are required to write a 3000-word essay in A2, on their own project work, including writing detailed annotation, reflections and analysis throughout their design book.

Learners will be involved in designing, creating, and solving graphical problems in order to meet the needs of commercial briefs, exploring how messages can be successfully communicated through the organisation of images, words and three-dimensional form/design.

Learners will study the work of leading graphic designers and will be encouraged to use a range of media for 2D, 3D, hand and digital work, developing a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Course Profile

Career Pathways

Successful completion of the course will allow learners to pursue further education at University, to study either at a BA/BSc qualification or a Foundation HND within a Design – there are several options at University. Popular choices are:

  • Product Design
  • Interior Design
  • Graphics Design
  • Design and Innovation
  • Furniture Design, Lighting
  • Spatial Design
  • Manufacturing, Industrial Design
  • Architectural Design
  • 3D Design

Job Opportunities

A-Level Graphic Design allows learners to gain a range of skills that will allow them to develop their understanding of working within the design industry. Some of the job opportunities are:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Web Designer, Interactive Designer
  • Broadcasting, Television
  • PowerPoint Specialist
  • Creative Project Management
  • Production Designer, Theatre/Television/Film.
  • Stylist
  • Advertising Art Director.
  • Interior Designer