Graphic Design A-Level


Graphic Design


Graphic Design A Level Course St Vincent College

Course Description

If you are passionate about communicating using images and words this is the course for you! Graphic design combines creative and intellectual skills to communicate in visual ways.

We will develop your skills in using images, photography and text both in traditional and digital ways. Advertising, illustration and promotion are all areas to which Graphic Design is crucial.

The course concerns visual communication in the real world through using 2 Dimensional Graphic Design.

Year 1 

Unit 1 – Portfolio development will cover: 

  • Exploration of image and text, the rules of Graphic design, surface design and illustration and promotional material 
  • Experimentation with drawing and printmaking
  • Using digital design programmes such as Illustrator and Indesign to develop technical expertise using different media 
  • Digital sketchbook development
  • Independent research
  • Research into designers and artists
  • Development of considered approaches to creative thinking
  • Production of two different major projects
  • Planning, preparation and realisation of a project from given titles
  • How students determine individual directions and choices of media
  • Documentation research and creative processes

Year 2 – A Level 

Personal Investigation will cover: (60% of the A Level grade) 

  • Students making own choices of creative direction and developing a Project into a final major outcome/s
  • Produce own proposals and design briefs 
  • Making more considered and polished decisions
  • Produce a written Related study in the form of an illustrated essay that includes research and analysis of designers/artists worth 20% of marks 
  • Planning and preparation in creative and inventive ways
  • Use of a broad range of approaches which then focus into a final major piece worth 60% of A-Level grade and to develop a successful university portfolio. 

Externally Set Task: (40% of the A Level grade) 

  • Final major piece responding to set titles produced in 15 hour exam, worth 40% of final A-Level grade 
  • Extend skills and continue to develop professionally

Two years

If combined with other creative A-Levels eg. Fine Art or Photography or Film and Digital Arts, you increase your opportunities of gaining direct entry to creative degree courses.

  • All students have access to studio time during independent study
  • Access to photographic studio, darkroom and MAC suites
  • Experimental Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Digital Graphics
  • London visits to see Art, Design and Cultural Studies
  • Art college foundation courses
  • Other Higher Education courses
  • Five GCSEs at Grade 4 – 9. Grade 4 or above in GCSE Art or Graphics is advisable or a Creative Portfolio for interview. 

The Personal Investigation and Externally Set Task are internally assessed and moderated before being externally moderated to verify marks. 

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