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Graphic Communication A Level at Chichester College

Course description

On this course you will learn how to develop design solutions as you explore how graphic design can communicate ideas and messages. A graphic designer is responsible for much of the design work that we see in our daily lives; logos, magazine layouts, advertisement campaigns, websites and much more. This course encourages you to develop your powers of observation ideas, imagination, problem solving, knowledge of contextual studies and practical skills.

Course content

This course will give you the opportunity to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of different graphic design skills and software programmes. Techniques you will explore include typography, layout and design for print. You will also learn about different illustrative styles and you will utilise mixed media work in your designs. You will carry out contextual studies of contemporary designers and artists to inspire your own work.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade A*-C including an art based subject, maths and English language. At interview you are required to bring a portfolio / sketchbook of art work with you. If you have not studied an art based GCSE you will need to attend a second interview to present a portfolio.


This is a 2 year linear A-level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. You will undertake several projects and will learn to work creatively to fulfil a brief. You will be assessed at the end of year 1 to see if you can progress to year 2.

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website.

Future opportunities

You can enrol in higher education or  go directly into the workplace.
Common career areas include graphic design, website design,
animation and architecture.

Further information

We offer open access to IT suites, including industry standard specialist
design software. Facilities also include the use of printmaking and
photography studios. Specialist staff will support you to develop your own ideas.
Tasks such as painting/printing may require some kind of protective
clothing. There is a mandatory art pack that contains most of what you
will need to start this course at a cost of £30.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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