Why should I study this course?
The need for talented and creative graphic designers has never been stronger. We live our lives by images and this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be at the forefront of all aspects of illustrative graphic design. There has never been a better time to be a graphic designer with so many opportunities to promote your work and freelance your own career.
What will I study?
Year One Units
During the course you will complete a combination of units, these will cover exploration into different approaches to drawing, the study of art and design and illustration in the Twentieth Century, typefaces and letterforms, information graphics and creative use of media. You will have 9 hours each week where you will experience a mixture of units and practical tasks throughout the course.
Year Two Units
In addition to continuing to develop your skills learnt in year one you will complete additional units covering advertising design, illustration and graphic image making, professional and personal development.
All coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is assessed to pass, merit and distinction criteria for each unit.
With at least 10 hours of independent study each week. Our studios are always open for you to work in your study time.
This course is equivalent to 2 A Levels.
How is the course assessed?
All coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is assessed to pass, merit and distinction criteria for each unit and you will receive weekly feedback on your progress towards your final grades. You develop your units of work by responding to what you see other graphic designers doing. In this way each unit is marked as a set of work at the end, including the final outcome. In this way it is much better to work consistently throughout the whole course and make sure all work is as complete as possible. Your work is marked each week. You cannot cram all the work in at the end of the course like revision based subjects.
What will the course prepare me for?
This course provides you with excellent experience to go into a wide variety of design-based industries including graphic design, interior design, architecture and games design. It is the equivalent of 2 A Levels and would therefore be a suitable choice if you are considering studying an arts-related subject at university.
Each year £80 billion is generated by creative people in the Art and Design industry, so there is plenty of opportunity to find work after finishing your education.
At least 10 hrs of independent study each week, our studios are always open for you to work in your study time. You will be given advice on what to do during your independent study time but it will involve tasks such as reading, preparing for your lessons and continuing to develop your sketchbook work in progress. You will also be expected to access our VLE on a regular basis to support your learning and collect resources via Pinterest.
What materials will I need to provide?
You can buy a starter pack of equipment from us at the start of term along with a sketchbook. You will have access to a wide variety of resources on Moodle including links to exam boards specifications, useful website links, video and text resources. You are expected to provide your own basic art materials including basic drawing materials. There are extensive resources available from the library that you can borrow but there is a list of recommended background reading on Moodle if you wish to purchase some of your own.
How will I be taught?
You will have 9 hours each week where you are will experience a mixture of units and practical tasks throughout the course. As the course develops lessons become more focused on one to one individual tuition where you will be set targets for the week.
This course is for you if...
If you enjoy creative work and are considering graphic design and illustration as a degree or career. If you want to broaden your knowledge of graphic design and illustration and develop your skills in these areas and are prepared to work hard you will gain a qualification that will lead you into employment where there are always opportunities and demands for new ideas.
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What are the course requirements?
Four 9 – 4 (A*- C) GCSE grades or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language.
Students wanting to study Graphic Design and Illustration should have a L2 qualification in Art and Design, either at least a grade 4 (C) at GCSE or a BTEC Certificate at Merit. If they have no L2 experience students should bring a portfolio of work with them to their interview for us to assess whether they can be accepted on to the course.
If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose a course programme that best suits your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, however, the College may need to make some in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.
What skills do I need?
- The ability to use books and not just the internet for research
- The ability to follow instructions, but be able to adapt your own ideas to them
- The ability to organise your independent study time to complete your work
- The common sense and care needed when working with machines