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Art and Design OCR GCE A-level (Graphic Design) at Cornwall College

Course description

Graphic Design is visually communicating anything to any audience on any surface using any medium. In other words every sign, advert, menu, instruction manual, tin label, designer label, Web site, TV graphics and everything else which you see every day. This form of communication has taken over our daily lives and is a massive growing industry.

It is exciting, innovative, challenging and its attention to minute detail enables students to understand how ideas are generated and produced with immaculate finished outcomes.

Course content

In the first two terms of the AS year, you will produce a portfolio of work made up from a collection of assignments from starting points, topics and themes. The focus is on including work that shows exploration, research and acquisition of techniques and skills.
In the third term of the AS, you will be required to produce work for a controlled assignment. You will be given up to six weeks to plan and prepare your work, followed by five hours of controlled time to develop your ideas into realisations and outcomes.

Among other topics, you will study:

  • Design principals and ideas generating
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • Advertising
  • Design Art Movements
  • Mixed media
  • Techniques and Technology
  • Patternation
  • Book illustration and Cover Design
  • Promotional Material

Entry requirements

In the current climate all forms of business and professions are crying out for creatives and entrepreneurs.

You could choose to progress onto one of over 600 different combinations of Visual Communication with other subjects available at art colleges and universities across the country, ranging from Journalism to Dance.  Some students prefer to take a post A-Level course to bolster their progression to a university-level art course and expand their portfolio.

You will also gain many valuable transferrable skills such as creative thinking and knowledge of design, communication and research skills and time management, all beneficial to university-level courses and employment.

Future opportunities

AS-level Graphic Design may lead directly on to A2-level Graphic Design, or could be seen as a good grounding for any other art/design based subject, or media/communications based subject area. It is also considered as highly desirable in fields of employment such as tourism/the entertainment industry and travel, amongst others.

Graphic Design covers an enormous range of visual communication, from illustrating children's books or technical car manual diagrams to web design and TV and film graphics. There are currently over 600 hundred different courses offered throughout the country which involve various areas and mixes of Graphic Design, typically Graphic Design and Journalism or Graphic Design and Photography.

Graphic Design is one of the fastest growing career areas today with numerous opportunities at many business levels as well as a growing trend towards lucrative self-employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cornwall College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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