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Course description

Graphic Communication conveys information and ideas by visual means. This course focuses on the commercial side of Art and Design and is taught as part of the Product Design faculty.

You will have a genuine interest in Graphic Communication and this course will give you the opportunity to explore your own design practice through the development of practical skills, problem solving ability, creative thinking and self-motivation. You will be supported in developing an awareness of contemporary design practice both in the U.K and abroad.

The topics you will study will include typography, illustration, advertising, packaging and some multimedia skills which are essential for the industry. Traditional practical skills are combined with modern day techniques and ICT, (students will learn industry standard software including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and 2D Design, there are also opportunities to learn 3D modelling software Solid Works) to create solutions for various design briefs.

At least five hours home study is expected every week. This should take the form of an idea generation, project development and completion, as well as critical studies research. You must have this level of motivation or you will find the course increasingly difficult.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade A* - C including Maths and English. If you have not studied Art or Design Technology at GCSE you will need to have enthusiasm and commitment for the subject. GCSE Graphic Products is advantageous, but not essential

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1/2 years