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Art & Design (Graphics) A Level at Oaklands College

Course description

Graphic Design is the communication of information and ideas by visual means. The critical elements for a Graphic Designer are the successful communication of a message through the organisation of words and images. Students will study using a wide range of materials processes and techniques to produce solutions to defined problems. Graphic Design is the broadest specialism within Art and Design incorporating typography, illustration, photography, packaging and advertising. Successful students will be aware of the world around them through politics, the natural and man made environment, sociology, history and contemporary design.

Course content

Unit 1 and 3 coursework: The study of visual language formal elements and workshop practice. Unit 2 and 4 externally set assignment exploring a given theme.

Entry requirements

Strong visual skills are required and holding a GCSE in Art and Design (at grade C or above) is recommended. Candidates will be interviewed with a portfolio of work to include sketches, design sheets and sketchbooks.

All candidates must show evidence of commitment to the study of Graphic Design and have the academic ability to work at A level standard. Students are expected to keep abreast of current developments in Design and the visual art through visiting galleries and exhibitions.


The full A2 level qualification is made up of 2 units of coursework and 2 externally set assignments. All work is internally marked then Externally Verified by a visiting moderator.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

A2 Graphics, subject to the student gaining a grade D or above in AS Graphics. Afterwards Art Foundation or HND courses or Visual Art degrees. Careers in the visual arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands College directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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