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Graphic Design A Level at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

Graphic Design is communication by visual means, combining text and image. The course offers the opportunity to use a range of traditional and mixed media techniques alongside computer generated imagery.

You will be expected to engage with complex design problems and to arrive at solutions that promote, publicise, inform, persuade and entertain! Outcomes are varied and student led. From rebranding a shop or cafe, to designing an album cover, producing the publicity for a festival or the packaging for your favourite product, the choice is yours.

You will require a lively enquiring mind and a willingness to mix traditional and contemporary processes. This is an art-based course and not suited to those interested in technical drawing or product design.

Course content

This specialist course is designed to give you a broad, creative approach to the world of graphic design. You will be supported to design your own typography and logos, explore computer editing and create visual branding for a range of outcomes. You will be taught digital image manipulation and research techniques.

Our printing facilities are used by graphics students who wish to take a more traditional approach and allow you to cover techniques such as screen printing, dry-point etching and lion printing amongst others.

As well as Photoshop, some students access and develop skills in software including InDesign and Illustrator.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English. One creative GCSE such as Art and Design or Art Technology would be helpful but not essential. Mature students may apply with a portfolio of work for consideration.

Future opportunities

You can progress directly from A Level to an arts degree such as Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Illustration, Games Design, Multi-Media Design, and Fine Art.

Employment as a graphic designer is the clearest route but this course also offers a way into illustration or, with further study, animation; you could work for the media, an advertising company or design agency.

Further information

  • Continually achieving nationally recognised high standards.
  • Achieved a 100% pass rate in 2015
  • Adobe Suite on each of our Art Studio computers

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 22 June 2016

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