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Art and Design: Graphics A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

Graphic Design is concerned with producing images and arranging written and visual information for print. Students learn to experiment with image-making and using images with text. Typography, illustration, packaging and printmaking are taught and used in combination. Drawing from first hand sources is an important element of the course, as is the design process, charted through work books. 
This is an Art and Design course, and students should have GCSE Art and Design at grade A" - C, or produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates an enthusiasm and understanding of graphical applications. GCSE Graphic Products is not sufficient without Art GCSE. 

Course content

Work is project based and in Year I the acquisition of skills is part of each project.l'he design process is taught through observation, recording, experimentation, selection and presentation of images. Research projects give students the opportunity to investigate the history and practice of graphic design.The computers are used as tools to assist in producing images, but all design work starts on paper. 


Year 1
Externally Set Task: A period of preparatory study based on a starting point set by the exam board followed by a 10 hour period of sustained focused work completed under exam conditions. 
Year 2
Unit 1: Personal Investigation - 60% of A Level grade: Consists of two integrated parts:
1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcome(s) based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.
2. A related study: an external response of a guided minimum of 1000 words. 

Future opportunities

Many students continue on to art-related courses, usually Foundation courses which may be followed by a Graphic Design or Visual Communication degree.

Further information

Resources and Facilities

We have facilities for drawing, printmaking and photography. We also have industry standard software and access to colour printing.

Extra-curricular Activities

Students are required to participate in museum/gallery visits and any site visits related to pratical work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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