Graphic Communication

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  • Studying Art and/or Design at GCSE is advantageous but not essential
  • First-class facilities, including dedicated art studios
  • Passionate teaching staff, who are artists in their own right
  • Access to the full Adobe Design Suite on all College computers

Course summary

A Level Graphic Communication provides students with an immersive experience into many art disciplines, centred around responding to a design brief. Projects start with extensive research into existing products and the work of designers, before developing design visuals that creatively meet the needs of their chosen brief.

Students will explore creative photography, drawing, illustration, typography, digital college and layering, logo creation and branding as part of their project development. Outcomes vary from poster design, to packaging, DVD art, book cover design, leaflets and much more.

Throughout the course students will gain experience with the full Adobe Design Suite using Photoshop primarily in Year 1. Introductions to InDesign and Illustrator will be given in the second year and are supported by excellent resources to aid with independent learning of these programmes. The course will also equip students with Wacom Tablet drawing skills, as well as traditional art practices such as printing, paper cutting and folding, and book binding.

It is an exciting and creative course designed to prepare students for further study and employment in the creative industries. It also gives excellent transferable skills such as, creative thinking, time management, budgeting, meeting a deadline, communication skills, IT skills and problem solving that will support all future career pathways. As such it sits well alongside STEM and other academic subjects.

Exam Board: A Level Graphic Communication – AQA


Luke Haddock
Luke Haddock

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