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Graphic Design A Level at Carmel College

Course description

Graphic Design is about communication and problem solving. It encompasses all of the traditional art and design skills alongside the new emerging technologies. The great thing about Graphic Design is that you don’t need to be a great artist to be successful in this area. Ideas and the ability to solve problems for companies and campaigns is more important than traditional art skills. It is one of the biggest growth areas in the Creative Industries and covers all sorts of areas from animation, branding and advertising to fashion promotion and layout. It is the commercial aspect of Graphic Design which makes it so exciting.

Students complete project based assignments which develop thinking and communication skills and the ability to solve problems. There are lots of opportunities to learn new skills working by hand, with tutorials in painting, printing and illustration. There is plenty of time to develop digital skills too with web, layout, film and motion graphics and packaging workshops.

Entry requirements

You will need Art and Design GCSE grade C or a Technology GCSE grace C including Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles or equivalent.


Exam Board - AQA

At Advanced Level you will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media processes and techniques appropriate to your level of study.

Component 1: Personal investigation (60%)

A practical investigation, supported by written material, into an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or related outcomes.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

 A choice of eight questions to be used as starting points with one being selected. Supported by preparatory work presented in sketch books, journals, models, mounted sheets along with 15 hours of examination time.

Future opportunities

What will the course prepare me for?

Many of our students go on to study a BA (Hons) Graphic Design course here at Carmel, or at other universities across the country. Some students also take up places on Carmel’s UAL Foundation Diploma. Our former students have gone on to do amazing things with many people working in the industry at places like VOGUE, GQ, Net a Porter, Naked and Rapier. Students have gone on to work in areas such as Architecture, Advertising, Branding, Events Promotion, Animation, Magazine and App Design, and Illustration.

Further information

What is the Art & Design department like?

The department is certainly busy and has a lively atmosphere, which we believe to be conducive to learning. Students who have been interviewed, without exception, comment on the supportive, friendly nature of the tutors and the progress, satisfaction, enjoyment they have experienced in the department. The tutors are committed to providing the highest quality teaching and learning possible.

All art subjects are housed in the two-storey Centre for Art and Design offering superbly equipped studios and the latest technology. Computer facilities are available in separate suites. All computers are equipped with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere. There is a dark room, kiln room, dye room, sewing room, and workshop. There are ten specialist art tutors and three technicians in the department.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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