A-level Art and Design (Graphic Design)

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

Graphic design is about visually communicating anything, to any audience, on any surface, using any medium. In other words every sign, advert, menu, instruction manual, tin label, designer label, website, TV graphic or things you see every day. This form of communication has taken over our daily lives and is a continually evolving and exciting industry.

2015-2016 2 students were awarded `Highly Commended` at `Creat-ed Falmouth University ` County Exhibition, celebrating outstanding work.




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Ideal if:

You have a strong interest in Graphic Design and would like a route to university study combining several specialist subjects of your choice.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in a relevant subject.

You’ll learn:

Year 1                                                                                                                            

This year encourages you to develop and raise the game of your creativity, challenges you to take risks, break rules, think laterally and question everything.

September – January:

During these first few months you will be working through a selection of different approaches to meet the needs of a design brief, you will gain the confidence and skills to share your concepts within a studio environment developing your ideas across a diverse range of mixed media. This will be delivered through a series of small assignments and workshops to explore and develop your skills, knowledge and understanding within a specialism.

February – June:

You will begin to identify your specialist area of study, exploring your ideas through research and experimentation of skills, techniques and inspiration from the work of others.

Year 2                                                                                                                                    

This year is dedicated to developing, refining and perfecting your work into 2 final outcomes.

September – November:

You will have the opportunity to expand and develop your ideas to form your `Personal Investigation`.

November – December:

You will be required to refine, plan and prepare making your artwork and related written study of (minimum) 1000 words.

January – February:

You will complete your final outcomes and written study.

February – May:

You will be offered a selection of starting points from the `Externally Set Paper`. You will choose one topic which will enable you to research, refine and excel in your specialist area.



- Design principles and idea generating

- Typography

- Illustration

- Advertising

- Design art movements

- Mixed media

- Techniques and technology

- Patternation

- Book illustration and cover design

- Promotional material

Year 2 topics

- Personal development into any area of

the student`s preferred specialism.



This course encourages you to develop and raise the game of your creativity, challenges you to take risks, break rules, thinklaterally and question everything.


You’ll love:

Our unique `Open Studio Policy` and access to a variety of specialist materials and techniques which will allow you develop your skills and produce work of real quality.


You’ll go on to:

Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment.


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A-level Art & Design (Graphic Design)

Start Date



St Austell


2 years

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