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Art A Level at Rainhill High School

Course description

If you are creative and have an eye for detail and composition, then you will love Art Graphics. You will need patience to complete your work and must be willing to explore the variety of skills taught to you in an independent way. The course has strict assessment deadlines that you must commit to if you wish to succeed. Art Graphics is broad and can encompass disciplines such as packaging, logo design, and editorial design and typography projects.  It is an ideal platform for any student who wishes to pursue the extensive career opportunities in the art, design, creative and visual arts. It will also appeal to those who have been successful at GCSE and wish to maintain a creative balance within their A-Level studies.

You will also be required to produce professional images using a range of different media, including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software, printing, painting and various drawing techniques. You will also explore a range of different thematic avenues depending upon personal response to a specified design brief and utilise the latest technology, including digital photography and professional software packages.

Course content

Year 12
Brand guide-lines, colour theory, typography, advertising concepts and corporate identity.

Predominately you will use the creative arts software programme Adobe Photoshop to complete your work using computers.


Year 13
You decide your own theme for the Extended Personal Project. This decision is based on strengths from artists you have found interesting.

Within this unit 1,000 - 3,000 words of theoretical investigation into the works of other artists.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C (but preferably a B grade) or equivalent from specific subject area or a related subject area:

• Fine Art
• Art Textiles
• Photography
• Art Graphics


YEAR 12 Unit 1-  Coursework (60% of the AS)  Unit 2 - Externally set exam paper (40% of the AS) - 8 weeks preparation (max) 10 hour exam.

Year 13 Unit 3 – Coursework Extended Personal Project This unit is now marked as a standalone piece of work. (60%) Unit 4 - externally set exam paper - 8 weeks preparation (40%) 15 hour exam.

Future opportunities

Graphic design is a growing industry and the skills you learn transfer remarkably well across many job markets. You could work within various creative disciplines, such as: Advertising, Marketing,
Animation, Architecture, Teaching, Art Therapy, Ceramic Design, Sculpture, Textiles, Fashion Design, Art Technician, Display or Interior Design, Industrial Design and many more.

100% of students who applied for their first choice University across all art subjects have gained entry in the last 5 years.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainhill High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 March 2017

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