Graphic Design is a fast paced, successful linear Art & Design course where students will be introduced to a variety of design approaches whilst exploring a range of media, processes and techniques. Students will experience both traditional and new media and may work in areas such as advertising, packaging design, illustration and design for print.
|Exam Board||Level||Qualification||Assessment Method|
|AQA||Level 3||Linear A level||100% Non-Examined Assessment|
Component 1 – Personal Investigation – 60%
Students will develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designer(s), photographers or craftspeople and include written work of between 1000 and 3000 words which supports the practical work.
Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment – 40%
Students respond to a starting point, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.
Career opportunities and further study
Around half of our students go on to study the subject at a higher level. This is usually in the form of an Art Foundation course or Design related degree including Graphic Design, Illustration, 3D Visual Effects, Computer Character Animation, Architecture and Decorative Arts. A number of students choose to stay local and will aim to study at the University of Salford or Manchester Metropolitan University and some have gone as far afield as Falmouth and Plymouth. An increasing number of students are applying for digital apprenticeships.
Trips and Events
During the two year course all students will get the opportunity to view graduate work at local degree shows including Stockport College and Manchester Metropolitan University. There will be the opportunity to visit a European city, such as Barcelona or Paris. Other trips have included London, Blackpool, Liverpool and Crosby Beach (to view Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’).
For more information about trips relating to this course including Barcelona please see the Trips and Travel page
Early on in the course all students will attend the UCAS ‘Design Your Future Fair’ at the Manchester Central Convention Centre where up to 100 universities and colleges are in attendance; this is an opportunity to begin planning for the future.
At the end of the second year there is an exhibition to celebrate and showcase the students’ work. The evening is very well attended and is a great way to end the students’ time on the course.
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Entry Requirements 2024
You can view provisional entry requirements for courses that start in 2024 from the link below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.