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Graphic Design A Level at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

Graphic Design is the communication of information and ideas by visual means.  The critical elements for a graphic designer are the successful communication of a message through the organisation of words and images.

The A Level course in Graphic Design is a  largely practical course concerned with visual communication skills and enables students to develop creative and innovative ways of expressing personal design concepts.

A Level Graphic Design is an extremely rewarding course, however, students should be aware that many projects involve a high degree of practical input from home. It is therefore advised that students select a programme of study which contains a balance of exam-based and practical coursework subjects. If students intend to apply to Art College they could combine A Level Graphic Design with Photography, Art or the BTEC  Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles).

What goes well with this course?
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Graphics
  • Fashion
  • Media Studies

Course content

This course covers a wide range of Graphic Design skills, particularly:

  • Exploring resource materials and research into other artists and designers
  • Developing and recording ideas and thoughts
  • Experimenting with materials and techniques and collecting visually exciting materials
  • Synthesising ideas and analysing problems
  • Reaching practical conclusions and evaluating results
  • Developing practical, technical and expressive skills
  • Imagination, creativity and intuition
  • Using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Aesthetic understanding and critical judgment
  • Understanding how illustration, typography and design are created

Students are expected to make a financial contribution towards the cost of materials used throughout their course.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

Students should also meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 4 in Art or relevant Design Technology GCSE


Component 1: Personal Investigation 60% including an Essay

Component 2: Externally set assignment 40% including a 15 hour practical exam

The exam board for Art A Level is EDUQAS (WJEC).

Future opportunities

Many students go on to take a one-year foundation course at an Art College, or enrol directly on to a degree course in the area of design they want to specialise in e.g. Graphic Design, Advertising or Architecture. Students can also progress to careers in all areas of print and digital media; from illustrating hand-made books to website design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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