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Graphic Design A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

The AS Level is a one year course that consists of two units. Students will be
introduced to a variety of graphics media including a wide variety of different
materials and techniques to create typography and images. These include drawing,
paint, print, stencils, calligraphy, photography and using digital software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Course content

Students will look at areas of Graphic Design used in everyday society such as
advertising, packaging, typography, illustration, animation, logos and will respond to a brief or to a concept or idea. As in all areas of Art and Design, students will need to research and refer to historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres in their chosen area of Graphic Design.
In the second year, the project units will build on the skills, knowledge and
understanding developed at AS Level and will allow for a greater depth of study and experience with opportunity to develop more individual interests. Completing the second year will lead to a full Advanced Level qualification.
Hours of lessons per week: 5 Indicative group size: 20

Entry requirements

Students who have enjoyed Art & Design or Graphics at school will also enjoy
this course. You should have six GCSEs grade C or above to include Art & Design,
Graphic Design or another creative GCSE subject as well as English Language.



The course is modular with two units examined in both the AS Level and the full A
Level, worth 60% for the portfolio unit and 40% for the controlled test set by the
examination board. Coursework is an integral part of the final assessment; this is
marked internally then externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Progression to A2 will support the development of a portfolio for entry onto
Foundation Studies in Art and Design or degree level study at university. This subject
can be combined with the other AS and A Levels in the department, or combined
with other academic qualifications to gain entry into university.

Further information

Contact Name: Sam Rouse Course Leader - Art
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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: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: GRAS-DJA119
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