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Graphic Design A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

This is the course for individuals with ambitions to progress into such areas as advertising, website design, illustration, computer game graphics, publishing and printmaking.

Course content

The AS and A2 courses comprise of two units each – coursework units and an externally set assignment. All of these units are geared to allow personal responses and staff will encourage you to work to your individual strengths. Creation of original imagery is at the core of what you will do. You will be taught how to produce and manipulate imagery by using a wide range of industry standard computer software including Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. You will also be encouraged to use other traditional methods of image making to fully explore your ideas.

Entry requirements

In Graphic Design you will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the effective use of visual communication, using a combination of traditional materials and computer-based processes (Adobe Creative Suite). During the course you will be taught how to interpret and convey ideas and concepts, as well as how to develop your imagination, creativity, documentary, and analytical skills. You will need to be committed to Graphic Design, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in understanding of and commitment to the subject are major requirements for success.


Informal assessment takes place throughout an assignment and there is a formal assessment at the end of each unit. At the end of the course you will exhibit your work where it is finally assessed and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Students can progress directly onto Graphic Design related degree courses at University after they have completed their A Levels. However, there are some Universities which prefer students to take an Art Foundation course prior to starting a degree to broaden their experience.

Further information

Understanding and commenting on the work of other artists and designers is a vital part of the course and you will be encouraged to participate in gallery visits to enrich your own practice. As well as research trips and gallery visits, the department invites speakers from universities and from industry to talk to classes about career possibilities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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