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Art and Design: Graphic Art A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Would you like to develop skills in industry standard software?

Do you thrive when required to be creative within the constraints of a brief?

Would you like to develop an understanding of how designers approach and develop graphic products such as branding, editorials and promotional materials?

 

Is Graphic Design for you?

You enjoy the challenge of delivering a project to a deadline and within the constraints of a brief.

You enjoy analysing existing contemporary, graphic design in order to develop an understanding of industry processes and techniques.

You enjoy the challenge of developing skills across industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. 

You enjoy developing creative design work in response to a brief which appeals to a specified target audience. 

Course content

AS Year

Coursework Portfolio

You will create a portfolio of work based on a theme. You will use both traditional graphic design media and the very latest multi-media computer software and related digital materials and techniques to produce your work (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, 3D software and animation programmes).

Externally set assignment

You will receive an exam paper set by the Exam Board, for which you are expected to produce preparatory work and a finished piece or pieces in response to one of a choice of starting points.

A2 Year

Coursework Portfolio

You will continue to produce guided coursework projects in graphic design and will develop personal investigations based on an idea, issue, concept or theme which must be supported by a written essay.

Externally set assignment

You will receive an exam paper set by the Exam Board, for which you are expected to produce preparatory work and a finished piece or pieces in response to one of a choice of starting points.

You will be given the space to be creative in our School of Art & Design that offers students a professional, modern environment with its five large teaching studios.

All students will have to use the College facilities at certain times to complete homework or carry out additional work on your projects outside of your timetabled lessons.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, and at least a grade C in a GCSE Art & Design - Fine Art, Unendorsed or Graphics, (not to be confused with Design Technology Graphics). Students without these requirements who nevertheless have career ambitions requiring AS Fine Art will be interviewed by the Head of Department to establish whether progression on this course is possible.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework (50%) and exam projects (50%) which you will complete in the studio within a fixed time period. Guidance and support will also be provided to ensure that you develop the analysis and written skills required to undertake these tasks.

Future opportunities

You will develop creative, analytical and evaluation skills necessary for success in a broad range of careers. Many students progress into Higher Education in a wide variety of fine art fields and disciplines. You can either apply to study a higher level qualification direct from college or, more often, complete a one year Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma which will help you to decide which specialist qualification to apply for. You can complete the Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma here at The Sixth Form College.

There are also opportunities to enter Level 3 Creative Apprenticeships for those wishing to gain vocational training.

The creative industries are one of the biggest employers in the UK. Art and Design related subjects are valuable for careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, fashion design, graphic design, architecture, publishing and the media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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