LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: OCR
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 100% IN 2019
Graphic Design is part of an industry which is worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy* which accounted for more than 1.7 million jobs in 2013.
(*Department for Culture, Media & Sport 2016).
Successful designers have keen visual awareness, an eye for an image and excellent visual communication skills, both in person and on paper. They embrace new technologies, love to experiment, are sticklers for detail but always meet deadlines.
Studying Graphic Design at Huish involves working on a diverse range of live assignments based on realistic workplace scenarios from design and advertising, increasing your employability skills and creating a standout portfolio of work.
You will be set themed assignments and live briefs, to develop your ability to find creative solutions for challenging and complex design needs. By choosing this course you will create an exciting and creative portfolio of illustration and graphic design work to show potential clients, employers and universities during interviews for jobs, apprenticeships, art foundation or degree courses.
The two year course provides student designers with the necessary skills, design acumen and quality portfolio of work to enable progress to higher education, work-based apprenticeships or direct employment.
I chose Graphic Design was because throughout secondary I really enjoyed designing magazines and products. In my lessons now we have the freedom of designing anything we want to the given brief.
Jack Pearce, Graphic Design student
“The updated graphics department has great facilities alongside very supportive staff, who will help you for the duration of your studies. This environment helps me to expand my creativity. “
Graphic Design A Level Student
Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language or Literature.
It is recommended you have a GCSE grade 5 or above in a creative subject but not essential.
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What other activities are there in Graphic Design?
Study visits include London, Bath and Bristol based galleries, museums and design studios. You will also have opportunities to work in designer led workshops. There is also a weekly life drawing class.
Graphic Design gives us the opportunity to use and experiment with some professional art materials, equipment and software in the studio, which lets you flex your creative skills. While being able to develop our talents both on-screen and with traditional methods, we can rely on the department to offer support in any aspect of the project brief, in order to widen our knowledge and experience of a real-world development process. At the same time, we can enjoy a comfortable environment to try new ideas, and the open discussion between my teacher, my peers and myself has definitely helped me understand that I’d love to pursue a university course and perhaps a career in the field of Graphic Design. Having any previous interest in making your own designs makes this course a fun and fulfilling experience for any budding designer.
Samuel Phillips, Graphic Design student