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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code GRA-AL (2123)

  • 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.



  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

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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