Graphic Design

Why should I study this subject?

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 you 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.

What will I study?

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 and professional graphics packages such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

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.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What skills do I need?

  • You should possess a genuine interest in graphic design.
  • An ability to work practically and creatively
  • Comfortable with the demands of a coursework subject
  • Organisation and time management
  • Creativity skills are essential to succeed on this course
  • An ability to work independently on projects set by your teachers