Graphic Design

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Course introduction

Mike Lowey
A level Graphic Design
In Graphic Communication you are encouraged to explore a range of disciplines such as illustration, advertising, packaging, branding, editorial design, animation and web design. The Graphics classrooms are well equipped; there is a MAC computer for each student including industry standard software with the latest Adobe Creative Suite, which you will be taught to use effectively.



Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include grade 4 or above in GCSE Art or Design based subject or BTEC equivalent. Alternatively by submission of a suitable portfolio and successful interview, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

The A level Graphic Communication course is 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment. All work is internally assessed and then externally verified by an exam board moderator.

What will I study?

This course is designed to offer you a variety of projects that investigate the diverse nature of Graphic Communication. You will investigate advertising, branding, typography, illustration, animation and other related areas. The course is structured in a manner that allows you to produce work for specified briefs; this approach simulates the role of a Graphic Designer when responding to the demands of a client.

You will produce work in a range of media, using a variety of processes. You will produce computer-generated work and experiment with print-making, collage, stencilling, drawing and a range of other experimental approaches.

All the work you produce will be contextualised with research into designers and artists. You will be encouraged to take creative chances and experiment with your work.

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

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Bridging materials

For year 11 students who have applied and joining us in year 12

Where will this course lead me?

Developing your creative understanding can be useful in many fields of learning as well as a range of careers. It is particularly appropriate for branding, advertising, illustration, industrial or product design, architecture, computer games design, teaching, and working in the creative industries.
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Where next?
Liverpool John Moores University – Architecture

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey