Graphic Design
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two 5/Bs and three 4/Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4/C in Maths and English Language. An art related subject at grade 4/C or above, plus a portfolio of work.
Start Date: Sept 2018
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

The UK creative industries are rapidly expanding and seeking highly skilled people in digital design. If you are a creative person who enjoys the design process and would like to pursue a career in the exciting and challenging design industries, an A Level in Graphic Design would be a great course for you.

What will I learn?

This A Level will give you an understanding of illustration techniques, processes and materials, computer aided graphics (DTP, Motion Graphics and Adobe Illustrator), graphic design history and typography. You’ll explore visual language composition, colour, texture, line and mark making.

You will also learn how to respond quickly and inventively to set project briefs covering a range of themes and ideas.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


We have spacious computer suites with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software. You will also have access to DSLR cameras for creating your own imagery.


Progression and Careers

Some universities require students to complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at College before progressing; we offer this at Nelson and Colne College University Centre. However many of our students progress directly to university.

Former students have gone on to study art related disciplines at a number of top universities, including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, Falmouth University, the University of Northumbria and Leeds College of Art. They have progressed onto exciting degree programmes including Graphic Design, Marketing, Illustration, Advertising, Web Design and App Design to name but a few.

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