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A Level: Graphic Communication at Beauchamp College

Course description

Graphic communication is a highly creative course which focuses on contemporary graphic design and the visual arts. It encourages the development of personal creativity and embraces all aspects of visual communication and experiments with a wide range of materials and techniques. These include print making, working with mixed media and presenting work creatively. The disciplines of illustration, typography and layout will be covered during the course and students are able to gain an understanding of how to create a successful marriage of all three.

A Level Graphic communication is the chance to explore new materials and techniques, creating distinctive designs and showing artistic flair.

Course content

Skills are developed over the course of the 3 units in areas such as ICT, professional design packages, Photoshop and Illustrator are used as tools to further enhance designs. Researching artists and designers helps to inform the students of new trends in the field and inspire their own practice. Students will have the opportunity to spend a day at Leicester print workshop and visit exhibitions to see work first hand. Residential trips to London, Berlin, Rome and New York have enabled students to build on external experiences within their studies.

Entry requirements

5 grade 5s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

5 or above in a Design/Art based subject or an interview to look at a portfolio of work.



Yr12 Unit- Externally set task 10 hour session (01) 100%

Yr13 Units - Personal investigation (01) 60% Externally set task 15 hour session (02) 40%

Future opportunities

Art and Design foundation/Degree courses

Further education/employment: Advertising, Animation, Architecture, Games design, Graphic design, Illustration, Product design, Publishing, Set design and Web site design.

Further information

Driven students who wish to pursue a career within the Arts often organise a work placement over the summer period leading up to A2 studies, this leads to a developed knowledge of industry standard practice enhancing the individuals understanding of working to strict design briefs from real clients, time constraints and the need for quick mock up ideas leading to the final outcome. Students who do complete a work placement invariably progress at A2 in terms of understanding and creativity which helps to make the candidate more appealing to prospective universities or employers.

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: 15 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years