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Graphic Communication A level at City and Islington College

Course description

If you're interested in the arts that make an immediate impact, this intensive and fun two-year course could be for you. Learn about the history of Graphic Design while trying out a broad range of techniques and methods, like painting, collage and mixed media.

Course content

This broad course allows you to develop your skills in diverse and exciting ways through a range of design methods such as drawing, print, painting, collage, photomontage and mixed media. You will show a critical understanding of the historical development of Graphic Design within society and demonstrate this awareness in your coursework.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you will need a grade C or above in any Art and Design based GCSE.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is partly by the portfolio of work you produce, and partly by written exam.

Future opportunities

The course has a successful progression record to both Art and Design Foundation Diplomas and directly on to Design related or Architecture degree courses. Media, advertising, marketing and business-related degrees are also common routes of progression. Students who leave education or take a gap-year find work in design-related employment or internships.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.