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A Level Graphic Communication will see you learning how to use the latest technology to communicate visually. As part of a fast paced and exciting learning experience, you will learn how to produce engaging communication aimed at a variety of audiences. You’ll combine traditional art and design skills alongside new and emerging technologies.

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 4 in a relevant GCSE Art/Design subject. If students have not taken a GCSE Art subject, then a portfolio of work will be considered. 

For further information on the pathways, please click here.


NOTE: 3 Art & Design subjects cannot be studied together

. You will develop your skills through a range of topics including:

  • Illustration
  • Digital media including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
  • Mixed media collage
  • Typography, layout and composition
  • Branding and design


Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

Studying for an A Level in Graphic Communication is an enriching experience. Under the direction of our qualified staff, you’ll develop your visual language skills through developing a portfolio of work in response to commercial standard briefs. As part of this you will explore different areas of graphical concepts including typographic design and artistic composition.

Using the latest industry standard software, you will enjoy learning under the direction of our experts in an environment that equips you with the skills to succeed in the workplace. Technology is fast paced, and by ensuring our equipment is at the forefront of the latest developments, you will be prepared for your degree level studies or the world of work. Our teachers are passionate about their subjects, and will help you to identify your passion too.

You will be encouraged to build on your cultural capital through a range of extra-curricular opportunities, from guest workshops to working on real life branding briefs. In past years, our Graphic Communication students:

  • Took part in guest artist workshops
  • Exhibited work in an end of year showcase
  • Created branding and logos for industry briefs
  • Developed content for the College magazine

Assessment is via examination and coursework. Please speak to our team for further details.

This is a perfect qualification for students aiming for a career in the creative industries. Our students typically progress to careers in the Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising, Marketing, Animation and Web Design sectors.

All topics in the course will support progression to higher education and industry, many students go on to study university level degrees such as BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Graphic Communication or Illustration.

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According to DCMS statistics from July 2017, there were approximately 160.000 product, graphic and fashion design jobs in the UK creative economy. 

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