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Graphic Communication (Art, Craft & Design) A Level at PETROC

Course description

Discover your creativity! If you want to work in any of the creative industries, you┬┐ll thrive on this wide-ranging study programme. It spans research, creative thinking, discussion and techniques for generating ideas, along with hands-on skills like drawing, printing, illustration, and digital skills using Adobe CS6 on Apple Macs; all in pursuit of dynamic visual communication.

Course content

Learning about design provides vital practice in many fundamental life skills such as communication, lateral thinking, teamwork, problem-solving, time management and budgeting; all essential in any professional environment.

There's a blend of short, sharp design exercises and briefs lasting several weeks, covering all aspects of graphic communication from typography and illustration to packaging and advertising.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade 4/5 or above and preferably GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry. 

Entrants not holding a grade 4 in Maths, but who have a grade 2/3, will study GCSE Maths and take the examination at the end of the year. Completing first years will not be able to automatically continue into their second year without achieving GCSE Maths at grade 4.

Grade C or above in a creative subject.


Your work will be assessed using clear assessment objectives which will be carefully explained. You will self assess your own work so that you understand exactly what kind of evidence you have to provide. They include things like recording observations, experiences, ideas appropriate to intentions, analyse and critically evaluate images and texts, showing understanding, developing ideas through sustained investigations and presenting a personal response explaining connections with the work of others. You will be given regular feedback about how you are progressing.

Financial information

Financial support may be available for any additional costs.

Future opportunities

Many students will progress to a Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design as a vital step before university. A few go directly on to HE courses here at Petroc or into apprenticeships in the industry. Graphics is a career with endless opportunities; from directing TV commercials to editorial design for magazines and newspapers, from designing packaging to the graphics for a surfboard, and, from game characters to CGI effects. Earning potential is considerable. Where your creativity leads you will depend on you discovering your creative potential and your strengths as a visual communicator.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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