A Level Graphics
A Level Graphic Communication is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to investigate the main areas of graphic design ranging from advertising to historical and contextual studies in graphic design. Students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto art and design related degrees.
- Course Information
Graphics is an exciting and wide-ranging subject and we want students to leave multi-skilled and aware of all the opportunities that exist within the industry.
The Graphics course is art based, giving you the opportunity to develop image-making skills using a range of media. This will include traditional art techniques such as drawing, printmaking and collage.
You will also learn specialist industry software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, using these programmes to explore image manipulation, vector graphics and layout design. The course gives you the opportunity to discover your own specialist area within graphics, from illustration to animation.
Our classrooms include a graphics studio, print room and dark room, whilst we also have three Apple Mac suites and an on-site art shop.
It is important to please note that this course is different to a GCSE Graphic Products course, since the Graphics course at Runshaw enables students to create mainly 2D work, such as posters, CD covers, flyers and magazine articles.
After completing the course you will be able to progress to university to an Art-related degree course or within Runshaw to our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design – for more information visit us at https://www.runshaw.ac.uk/course/foundation-diploma-art-design-2/.
You will investigate the main areas of graphic design:
- typography (design using type and letter forms)
- computers in art and design
- historical and contextual studies in graphic design
Within these areas you will produce personal responses to set briefs with expressive and experimental use of different media, techniques and processes. You will develop your drawing skills for observation, communication and experimentation as well as your contextual understanding of graphic design.
Previous briefs have included advertising campaigns, fashion illustration and packaging design, all focusing on developing your use of visual language.
- Entry Requirements
For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.
*Please note that A Level English requires a Level 6 in GCSE English
*Please note that A Level Maths requires a Level 6 in GCSE Maths
*Please note that A Level Sciences require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths and Science
- How will I be assessed?
- 60% an internally assessed unit
- 40% an externally set examination paper
- Progression Pathway
After completion of A Levels many HE institutions prefer that you complete a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, before embarking on an Art based degree course.
Runshaw Adult College offers this option enabling you to continue your studies and develop your creative skills. This diploma is a full-time course, allowing you to dedicate your full week to your studies. This will then lead to a career in Graphic Design or a similar area in the creative industries. For more information visit us at https://www.runshaw.ac.uk/course/foundation-diploma-art-design-2/
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.