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Graphic Design is part of the creative industries, an area of employment growth in the UK. 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 and always meet deadlines.

Set within our purpose-built Design Studio, this course will build your knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary influences within the design industry and offer you access to state-of-the-art Apple Macs that feature industry standard software.

You will be set themed assignments and live briefs (similar to those experienced in industry), to develop your ability to find creative solutions for challenging and complex design needs. 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.

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The reason I chose Graphic Design was because throughout secondary school I really enjoyed designing magazines and products. Now in my lessons I have the freedom of designing anything I 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



Student’s Work

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On this course you will study the following topics:

  • Branding and corporate identity
  • Magazine and poster design (editorial design)
  • Illustration
  • Typography
  • Design for advertisement
  • Typography
  • Design for packaging
  • Designs for live clients and competitions

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 in a creative subject but not essential.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through 2 pieces of coursework. The second piece (worth 40% of your final grade) is completed at the end of your course within a 15 hour allocation of time.

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