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Graphic Design AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

Graphic Design is suitable for anyone aspiring to a career in Graphic Design or any of its related industries. Progression routes from here lead to more specialised courses in Further and Higher Education such as Higher National Diplomas or Degree courses.

Course content

During the course you will learn a range of Graphic Design disciplines such as typography, illustration and information design. You will learn how to develop creative solutions to project briefs through traditional and digital methods using industry standard software applications. During the course you will learn how to develop design journals and log books as a visual diary of your investigations and experiments.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A*-C or equivalent. Students must have at least a grade C GCSE in Graphic Design or related subject area. It is important that applicants demonstrate a keen interest and commitment to Graphic Design.


There are two components to the AS standalone course and two components to the A Level course. The first component is a personal investigation and this contributes to 60% of the overall grade. The second component is an externally set assignment and this contributes to 40% of the overall grade.

Assessment objectives are the same across all A-level Art and Design exam boards. They include:

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
  • AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

Future opportunities

An A level in Graphics can lead to a range of degrees including Architecture. Non-graduate jobs may include junior positions as a design assistant, typesetter or photographer. Graduate jobs may include Graphic Designer, Art Worker, Website Designer, Illustrator, Product Designer, Interior/Exhibition Designer, Art & Design Teacher, Artist, Advertising Art Director, Architect, Photographer or Animator.

Further information

Graphic Design is delivered by the Atrium Studio School. The Atrium offers an inspiring learning environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration. Based in a brand-new, architect-designed building, Atrium’s state-of-the-art facilities will be accessed via a dynamic mix of break-out spaces and studio rooms. Shared facilities with South Dartmoor Community College, will allow further access to six dedicated Art rooms. 50 Art Department computers with Adobe CS5 Master Collection (including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) The college has a site license for Adobe CS5 Master collection, enabling students to access the applications anywhere on site. Large format printer, negative scanner and flatbed scanner, dark room and photographic facilities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years