Exam Board: AQA

Would you like to develop skills in industry standard software? Do you thrive when required to be creative within the constraints of a brief? Would you like to develop an understanding of how designers approach and develop graphic products such as branding, editorials and promotional materials? You will be given the space to be creative in our School of Art & Design that offers students a professional, modern environment with its five large teaching studios.

 

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including at least  a grade 4/C in GCSE Art & Design - Fine Art, Unendorsed or Graphics. Students without these requirements who have career ambitions requiring Graphic Design will be interviewed by the Head of Department to establish whether progression on this course is possible.

 

Is this course for me?

  • You enjoy the challenge of delivering a project to a deadline and within the constraints of a brief.
  • You enjoy analysing existing contemporary, graphic design in order to develop an understanding of industry processes and techniques
  • You enjoy the challenge of developing skills across industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • You enjoy developing creative design work in response to a brief which appeals to a specified target audience

 

Where does it lead?

An A Level in Graphic Design will help you develop creative, analytical and evaluation skills necessary for success in a broad range of design careers. Many students progress into Higher Education with an interest in becoming Creative Directors, Art workers, Branding Designers, Copywriters and Art Directors. You can either apply to study a higher level qualification direct from college or, more often, complete a one year Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma which will help you to decide which specialist qualification to apply for. You can complete the Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma here at Birkenhead Sixth Form College.

 

What will I learn?

Year 1

Coursework Portfolio

You will create a portfolio of work based on a brief. You will use Adobe Creative Suite and related digital materials and techniques to produce your work.

Externally set assignment

You will receive an exam paper set by the Exam Board AQA, from which you are expected to produce preparatory work and a finished piece in response to one of a choice of starting briefs.

 

Year 2

Coursework Portfolio

You will continue to produce guided coursework projects and will develop graphic design products based on a provided brief which must be supported by an extensive essay.

Externally set assignment

You will continue to produce guided coursework projects and will develop graphic design products based on a provided brief which must be supported by an extensive essay.

 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework (60%) and exam projects (40%) which you will complete in the studio within a fixed time period. Guidance and support will also be provided to ensure that you develop the analysis and written skills required to undertake these tasks.

 

What activities can I get involved in?

You will have the opportunity to take part in visits to local Art Galleries such as FACT and you will also learn from designers visiting the College. You will have the chance to produce work for local and national competitions and see it exhibited both externally and within College at the end of term.

 

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