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Graphics at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Graphics?

Graphics is an exciting and wide-ranging subject and we want students to leave multiskilled and aware of all the opportunities that exist within the industry.

The Graphics course is art based, giving you the opportunity to develop manual imagemaking skills using a range of media. This will include traditional art techniques such as drawing, printmaking and collage. You will also learn specialist industry software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign using these programmes to explore image manipulation, vector graphics and layout design. The course gives you the opportunity to discover your own specialist area within graphics, from illustration to animation.

Our classrooms include a graphics studio, print room and dark room, whilst we also have three Apple Mac suites that use industry standard graphic software, and an on-site art shop.

It is important to please note that this course is different to a GCSE Graphic products course, since the Graphics course at Runshaw enables students to create mainly 2D work, such as posters, CD covers, flyers and magazine articles.

What will I study?

You will investigate the main areas of graphic design:

  • advertising
  • illustration
  • packaging
  • typography (design using type and letter forms)
  • computers in art and design
  • historical and contextual studies in graphic design

Within these areas you will produce personal responses to set briefs with expressive and experimental use of different media, techniques and processes. You will develop your drawing skills for observation, communication and experimentation as well as your contextual understanding of Graphic Design.

Previous briefs have included advertising campaigns, fashion illustration and packaging design, all focusing on developing your use of visual language.

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x grade B equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.
For Graphics specifically, this should include a grade B in Art & Design (NOT graphic products) OR a task option is available.


How is the course assessed?

• an internally assessed (60%)

• an externally set examination paper (40%)

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

Where are you going?

  • Art Director
  • Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Marketing Co-ordinator


Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?


No subjects specifically complement Graphics but below are subjects that can help develop analytical skills within coursework and enhance concepts of language and persuasion, useful within understanding meanings and promotion:

  • English
  • Photography
  • Media studies
  • Psychology
  • Business Studies
  • Film Studies

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAGRAPH

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