16-18 Courses, 16-18: A Levels

Graphic Design and Advertising (A Level)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

GCSE Average Points Score: 4.3, Grade 4 English Language GCSE, Grade 4 Maths GCSE, GCSE Art & Design 4 or Portfolio

Course information

If you are interested in the world of multimedia, graphic design and animation that surrounds us today and would like to share your passion for creativity consider studying Graphic Design.

Our professional standard software includes Photoshop, Procreate, Illustrator, After Effects (first year) and InDesign (second year) from the Adobe Suite. The course will combine art, illustration, typography and animating skills. Students will have opportunities to explore their imagination and creativity with digital methods and traditional hand techniques.

Key topics

  • Follow a choice of design briefs understanding client communication using the latest technology with our Mac suite, iPads and graphics tablets
  • Explore the work of contemporary artists, graphic designers and illustrators by visiting museums, galleries and photography locations
  • Work with digital design and animation programmes
  • Explore illustration through digital, print and hands-on techniques
  • How you are assessed

    Work is assessed by coursework and an exam which is taken at the end of the two years.

    60% coursework, 40% exam.

  • Next steps

    The course is studied with two other A Levels. It may be studied alongside any of our creative courses, including Fine Art, Graphic design, Interior Design and Architecture, Photography, Product Design, Gaming or any of the Creative Media options.

    Analytical courses such as Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Religious Studies and Government and Politics are also complementary.

    Humanities subjects such as English, History, Geography and Geology work well as a course combination.

  • Why study at NCC?

    Graphics is an integral part of today’s society, including advertising and illustration, packaging, web design and animation. The course will develop problem-solving abilities and will introduce a variety of creative communication skills. It aims to focus students' skills on illustration, creative idea development, typography and computer-based design. Students will explore and be taught a variety of graphic and art techniques in structured group activities.

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What Can This Course Lead To

Progress to university, further study or employment.

A Level Graphic Design and Advertising provides students with a portfolio for progression to the Art & Design Foundation Diploma course run at our Ardleigh Green campus, to degree level courses at university on creative subjects or into the world of work. Graphics can lead to a wide variety of careers in the creative sector, including Advertising, Illustration, Publishing, Graphic Design, Web Design, Animation, Motion Graphics, Computer Gaming, Architecture and Special Effects.

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