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Digital Illustration A Level at Coombeshead Academy

Course description

In this A level and AS level course students develop an interest in, enthusiasm for,
and enjoyment of Digital Illustration. The programme of study will stimulate students’:-
- intellectual
- imaginative
- creative
- intuitive capabilities
- investigative
- analytical
- experimental
- practical
- technical and expressive skills
- aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
Students are encouraged to develop an independence of mind so they can refine
and communicate their ideas and intentions creating their own personal outcomes.
In Digital Illustration there is a focus on combining drawing/text and digital image
manipulation. Students are taught how to use Photoshop and other image
manipulation programmes to create a range of creative final outcomes. These
include poster design, album artwork, packaging, book cover design and general
advertising material. There is also a real focus on critical understanding and also a
need for students to produce sketchbook journals as well as finished outcomes.
Critical references are often used to help and support student outcomes.


Entry requirements

Evidence of ability demonstrated with examples of work may be accepted in place
of a high grade GCSE but usually students will have obtained at least grade B.


Students are assessed through the production of pieces of work created in response
to a question set by the examination board. Four areas are assessed.
Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual
and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding
Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and
processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on
work and progress
Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where
appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

Future opportunities

This A Level is accepted by Higher Education institutions for University entrance and
can be combined with almost any other subject.
A good A Level grade would secure a place at Art College, if aiming for a career in
some aspect of Art and Design.
Not only are there a huge range of career possibilities for Art graduates, students
could study Fashion, Textiles, Jewellery, Photography, Film, Graphic Design, Printing,
etc. as well as consider careers such in Teaching or Occupational Therapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombeshead Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years