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Graphic Design A-Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

The Visual Arts department offers students the opportunity to be creative, and develop their independent working skills in an exciting and supportive environment. This creative Graphics course aims to develop students’ ability to communicate visually, produce exciting and thought provoking work independently.

In Year 12 the course is structured to develop the skills you need and in Year 13 gives you more freedom to develop your own strengths and interests.

The course covers a range of traditional skills including drawing, painting and mixed media as well as professional digital techniques. The use of typography is integral; either hand rendered or computer generated.

Amongst the areas explored as part of this course are: illustration, advertising & packaging, animation and computer graphics. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in original drawings which can be applied to advertising, packaging, website design, album artwork, illustration projects, leaflets, posters, book covers, etc.

Course content

The course will begin with skills building which will develop your technical ability as well as expose you to new ideas. This will cover a wide range a wide range of graphics skills. Professional graphics packages such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are used throughout the course.

You will look at a wide range of other artists’ work both traditional and contemporary and use these to inspire and inform your own work.

This will all be done whilst developing your independent working skills and allowing you to determine the direction of your own projects. You will then be able to select your own direction to work in, picking ideas and media that interest you.


Entry requirements

Level 4 English Language and Level 4 in a creative subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied)


There is an externally set assignment in both year 12 and year 13 where you will be given a starting point to explore and develop in your own way. This will conclude with you producing a final piece of work in a timed exam and exhibiting your work at the end of year 13.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Careers in all aspects of design including interior design, graphics, fashion, page layout, illustration and web design. It is also an important aspects of advertising, marketing, architecture and visual presentations.


Further information

Graphic Design is for you if: You are a creative person who wants to develop original design work for commercial use, likes coursework subjects and is self-motivated.

Graphic Design is not for you if: You struggle with coursework subjects and working independently.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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