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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

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  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4+/C+ or above, including English Language and a grade 4+/C+ or above in an Art and Design subject.

    Those who have not studied a GCSE Art & Design subject must be able to demonstrate their interest and ability through a visual portfolio that may include a variety of media, as well as examples of observational drawing.

  • What does the course involve?

    Graphic Design is the study of printed messages and moving images; to persuade, to intrigue, to instruct, to warn, to sell and how these messages are crafted and constructed. You will explore a wide range of drawing techniques from print and photography to animation and digital imagery. There is a programme of gallery/seminar visits and guest speakers.

    Year 1:

    • Portfolio Unit Typography: You will learn to manipulate type and craft your own typefaces to harness the power of the printed message
    • Hi-tech and Lo-fi techniques: You will learn how to use a range of techniques including digital imagery, video and stop-motion animation through to typewriter and ink
    • Creative thinking: You will learn how to apply research to solve creative problems
    • Personal Visual Communication. You will generate innovative ideas; understand and exploit layout, photography, illustration, form and a multitude of other design skills.

    Year 2:

    • Self-initiated brief. Showing research skills, ideas and experimentation through visual communication methods, includes a written, analytical, contextual element.
  • How is the course assessed?

    Personal investigation (Component 1) is 60% of the overall A Level grade. The remaining 40% will be derived from the Externally Set Assignment (Component 2), given in February with a period of research to develop ideas, followed by a 15 hour exam to produce a finished outcome.

  • Additional Notes

    Progression from the course includes: Art Foundation course, Design degree, Graphic Design, Multi Media, Web Design, Packaging, Advertising, Illustration and Animation.

  • Further Information

    There are optional residential trips to London and Berlin.



Jacob Deakin

Jacob Deakin

A Level Graphic Communication (Music and Chemistry)
Previous school: Llanidloes High School

I like the exploratory ability to have the fixed starting point of a brief, but then to have free reign to discover and experiment. It’s creative freedom with a purpose. You’ve got the confidence to put something down and then see what comes of it and refine it.

Sarah Snidall-Holmes

Sarah Snidall-Holmes

A Level Graphic Communication (Fine Art and Film Studies)
Previous school: Idsall School

I have developed so much as a creative and changed the way I see things doing Graphic Communication at A Level. You see other people’s work in different ways and can draw amazing inspiration from so many places. I chose to come to SCG because the courses and facilities were the best available to me and I wanted to be in a new location.

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