Head of Department
Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) preferably a minimum grade 4 in an Arts subject or a portfolio of creative work.
Coursework = 60%, Examination = 40%
The Graphic Design course challenges you to problem solve and create exciting and thought-provoking work. The course encourages you to explore ideas through a combination of studio based work and digital software. You will explore a variety of areas such as advertising, typography, branding, magazine design, illustration and packaging. You will be introduced to the subject through a range of induction projects that allow you to build your skills before following personal lines of inquiry. You can expect to be using a range of Adobe software, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, traditional media and a broad range of print processes. Digital workshops cater for those with no prior knowledge and allow for an extension of existing skills. A broad study of leading graphic designers, illustrators and artists will enrich and inspire your own creative practice, allowing for the development of a unique visual language. As part of the Graphic Design course there is an emphasis on how designers work – pitching and presenting to external clients, working to a specification and managing the delivery of final outcomes; you will be presented with opportunities to explore this process through live projects and competitions. We celebrate all work in our end of year summer exhibition.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop your skills in design through a broad range of traditional media and Adobe software, in addition to presenting your design work professionally.
You will become a creative thinker who can problem solve, coming up with exciting design solutions.
What topics will I study?
Component 1 – Personal Investigation: Coursework
(Portfolio & supporting written material (1000-3000 words) – 60%)
Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme,
Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment
(Preparatory studies + 15 hours supervised time – 40%)
Students will create a body of preparatory work in response to an externally set question. Following the preparatory period, students will complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time.
Where does the course lead?
Some students go on to study on a one-year Foundation course at an art college. They can then progress to a degree course within Art and Design in areas such as graphic design, advertising, illustration, games design or animation. In recent years some degree courses have been accepting students without the Foundation course.