Graphic Communication

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GCE A Level


Equipment: As this is a practical course, students are asked to pay a £30 studio fee in Year 1 and £20 studio fee in Year 2, payble online via SSFC ParentPay at the beginning of term, to cover material costs such as paper, life drawing model, paints and inks and are given a ‘kit’ comprising relevant materials. 

Trips: Exhibitions, optional residental.

Specific requirements

C grade or above in an Art & Design subject and C (or equivalent) grade or above in English Language.

Those who have not studied an GCSE Art & Design subject should be able to demonstrate their interest in the subject through a visual portfolio that may include work in a variety of media.

Entry requirements on ‘SSFC Course Information, Advice & Guidance’ document also apply.

What will I study?

We are constantly bombarded with printed messages and moving images; to persuade, to intrigue, to instruct, to warn, to sell. Gra phic design is the study of how these messages are  crafted and constructed. The course gives students the opportunity to explore a wide range of drawing techniques from print and photography to animation and digital imagery. Typography is also a key aspect of the course.

Study is fast-paced with an emphasis on experimental sketchbook development. There is a programme of gallery/seminar visits and guest speakers from the creative industry.

Many students following this course go onto further study on Art Foundation or degree courses.

Where does it lead?

Higher/Continuing Education: Art Foundation course, Design degree, Graphic Design, Multi Media, Web Design, Packaging, Advertising, Illustration, Animation.