Why Should You Take This Course?
This course looks at the various methods of advertising and producing ideas using different processes and materials. The subject explores the many diverse areas within advertising including illustration, typography, animation, packaging and corporate identities. If you are not doing a GCSE in an art-based subject you will need to provide a portfolio of your work.
You will explore different ways of producing work incorporating drawing, painting, printing methods, digital imaging and the use of Photoshop.
Throughout the year you will study how other designers and artists have produced work enabling you to appreciate the design process.
You need to be self-motivated, want to learn and be creative in your work and have a good imagination.
How will I be assessed?
Year 1: You will produce a series of projects which will reflect your learning and development with a broad range of foundation skills needed for this subject. The work will include critical thinking and understanding of others' work as well as good technical knowledge. You will produce a portfolio of work which will then be assessed at the end of the year.
Year 2: If you are successful in your first year you can progress to doing the full A Level which will enable you to develop your skills further. This will include more critical thinking and research with practical work. At the end of the year you will submit your coursework and take a 15 hour practical exam.
Are there any special expenses?
You may be asked to purchase art and presentation materials along with print credits. We ask for a £20 contribution at the beginning of the year for materials.
What could I do next?
You can study HND/degree courses that offer further opportunities in the field of graphic design. This can lead to careers such as graphic design, illustrating, marketing and advertising.
If you wish to apply for 2020-2021 academic year, please complete the online application form.