Graphic Design and Communication A Level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Art & Design (Graphic Communication)
Exam Board & Specification Code: AQA; 7243; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: No specific subject entry requirement
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: Practical projects supported by written work
BHASVIC Department: Visual Arts
Head of Department: Paul Penketh

What will I study?

Our grade one outstanding course is broad and experimental in approach and includes one or more areas of graphic communication with the possibility of exploring a combination: illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, communication and computer graphics, multimedia, animation, web design, film, television and/or video. You will create design work to solve graphical problems and address commercial briefs.

Is this course right for me?

This course is a practical making/creating course which uses a vast range of specialist materials and art techniques, it is 60% practical portfolio and 40% practical exam. The first year of our Practical Portfolio component builds knowledge, understanding/skills through working on themes; the second year becomes more focused on you and the development of your personal ideas and professional practice.
A charge of £180 applies to contribute towards the cost of materials used during the 2 years of this course, bursaries and payment plans are available.

Where next?

From working for a design consultancy to setting up your own business, the skills gained from studying A Level Graphic Design can open up possibilities to an exciting range of career paths. Future related careers could be working as an Advertising Art Director, Illustrator, Production Designer, Exhibition Designer, Interior Designer and Web Designer. The College has a supportive and structured Visual Arts career progression pathway in the second year of study to help students explore their next steps. There are a wide range of options available after studying this subject which might include higher education courses at universities as well as further education courses. Additional options include apprenticeships in Graphic Design, Social and Digital Media, Marketing and Advertising. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Creative and Cultural Skills, The Creative Industries, Wired Sussex, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide.

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