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Art and Design (Graphic Communication including Digital Animation) A Level at St Francis Xavier 6th Form College (SFX College)

Course description

This exploratory and exciting course involves working with a broad range of media, including traditional techniques such as printmaking and screen-printing, as well as contemporary media technologies i.e. Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Learners will work in the SFX Mac Suite as well as the studio. This course may be taken alongside other A levels including Fine Art.

In year one, students will explore ideas and develop skills through the creative process and learn from creative exploration. The focus is on becoming literate and articulate in the language of design and the technology of Graphic Communication.

As well as practical skills, creative and visual literacy, the Graphic Communication A level fosters creative problem solving, independence and engagement with historical and contemporary cultural, social and political issues. You will have the opportunity visually to explore, challenge and develop their own ideas and opinion.

Entry requirements

In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

Grade C in Art or Graphic Design OR Merit in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art.


Assessment is at the end of the second year and comprises assessment of units 1 & 2 by internal marking and external moderation.

The Externally Set Assignment is set after Christmas of the second year.

Future opportunities

Students who want to progress into Art & Design typically progress through a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at UAL institutions and Ravensbourne College of Design. Progression to university from this course is high.

Career opportunities include graphic design, illustration, advertising and branding design, fashion, photography, product design, new media and web design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Francis Xavier 6th Form College (SFX College) directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September


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    • St Francis Xavier College is the most accessible Catholic Sixth Form College in London, with underground travel taking approximately 15 minutes from Waterloo, London Bridge, Victoria or Morden.

      Travel to the College is possible by:

      Nearest station (two minutes walk to the College) is Clapham South on the Northern Line. Change at London Bridge for the Jubilee Line.

      50: Croydon - Stockwell
      155: Tooting - Elephant & Castle
      355: Mitcham - Brixton
      G1: Norbury - Clapham Junction
      249: Balham - Crystal Palace - Penge
      315: Balham - Tulse Hill

      National Rail/Overground:
      Nearest stations are Balham and Clapham High Street.