Graphic Design is a hands-on, ideas-driven studio-based course where you will learn a variety of approaches to visual communication. Use words and images to reflect the world around you. Honing your skills from typography to branding to print design to storyboarding to web design.

The Graphic Design studio is based in the brand new Art and Design building, fully equipped with computer suites with industry recognised design and editing software to allow you to experiment creatively. You will also have access to a range of practical equipment including screen printing, allowing you to develop a wide range of skills.

Using words, images and ideas to reflect the world around you, graphic design will help you develop your thoughts into real projects that promote and inspire others. Graphic design combines design & illustration to build skills and ideas.

Early coursework will explore a broad range of practical sketchbook and Photoshop skills whilst embedding the fundamentals of design. You will then apply what you have learned in briefs using research, development of ideas and refinement to finished pieces.

All work is carried out in sketchbooks and you will cover diverse media such as print, typography, photography, Photoshop, animation and illustration. Your practical sketchbooks builds on early work and follow a pathway of analytical research of artists’ work, development and idea refinement to final practical pieces within the exploration of a given theme. Personal exploration is encouraged, as are independent student work, thought and idea generation.

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Entry requirements

  • 5 studios, specifically equipped for each specialist subject plus a professional photographic studio
  • Digital labs
  • Annual Art Show
  • Guest artist led workshops
  • Well-established links with universities and wider creative industries
  • Regular trips such as Courtauld Gallery London, Manchester Gallery and Museum of Costume
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park visits
  • End of Degree Show Visits
  • Life drawing sessions
  • Art Award scholarships
  • Opportunity to progress to our one year Art Foundation Degree after completion of your A-Level programme

Our past students studying this course have gone on to:

Newcastle University - Architecture

The Manchester Metropolitan University - Illustration with Animation

Sheffield Hallam University - Product Design

The University of Huddersfield - Architecture

Leeds College of Art - Graphic Design

Higher Apprenticeship Playgroundsquad - Game Artist

University of Central Lancashire - Games Design

Manchester Metropolitan University - Computer and Network Technology

The University of Huddersfield - Graphic Design

Manchester Metropolitan University - Animation

The University of Huddersfield - Fashion, Communication and Promotion

Higher Apprenticeship - Manchester Law Firm - Plexus Law

Manchester Metropolitan University Degree - International Business Management (with overseas study)

Art Foundation Degree at Ashton Sixth Form College

University of Central Lancashire - Graphic Design

Manchester Metropolitan University - Early Years and Childhood Studies

Leeds Beckett University - Graphic Arts and Design

Apprenticeship - Thats TV Manchester- Technical Support

The University of Salford - Graphic Design

The University of Huddersfield - Media and Popular Culture

The University of Huddersfield - Engineering Foundation (General)

London Metropolitan University - Music Technology (Music Production)

Northumbria University - Graphic Design

The University of Huddersfield - Product Design

University of Central Lancashire - Film Production

University of Derby - Interior Architecture and Venue Design

The Manchester Metropolitan - University Animation


Course Key Details

Course Type : A-Level
Exam Board : EDUQAS
Pass Rate : 100%
Assessment : 100% coursework and practical exam

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