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A Level Graphic Design at Ashton Sixth Form College

Course description

Graphics is the visual barometer of society & is ever changing. The course is structured, fast paced & exciting - allowing you to explore design in its widest sense & build practical skills.

You will discover areas such as typography, composition, printing and illustration along with digital photography and image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. As well as the traditional forms of graphic design, you will explore surface graphics, advertising, packaging, identity design and motion graphics. You will be able to experiment with design, have fun and be challenged!

Course content

Unit 1 Portfolio Unit

The first half term will explore a broad range of practical sketchbook and photoshop skills whilst embedding the fundamentals of design. You will then apply skills you have learned in a brief using research, development of ideas & refinement to finished pieces. All work is carried out in sketchbooks & you will cover diverse media such as print, typography, photography, Photoshop, animation & illustration.

Unit 2 Controlled Assignment

This practical sketchbook project builds on unit 1& follows a pathway of analytical research of artists’ work, development & idea refinement to final practical pieces within the exploration of a given theme. Personal exploration is encouraged as are independent student work, thought & idea generation.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE grades A*-C

Grade C — GCSE English Language

GCSE/BTEC Art not essential but preferred

Assessment

100% Coursework

Future opportunities

Graphic Design students progress onto a wide variety of degrees and careers. Last year 81% of students moved on to Higher Education and 4% secured employment or a place on an Apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2015
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