Graphic Design

The communication of information and ideas by visual means.


2 Years


Level 3

Career Sector

Creative & Digital

Available At

Seevic Palmer's

Start Date


Course overview

An A-Level in Graphic Design will see you develop the skills used to create exciting branding, illustration and typography.

In addition to creative practical work, you will also establish links between your own practical work and the broader art world.

Year One will focus on learning the fundamentals of Graphic Design, while Year Two will see you develop and apply these skills. You will be encouraged to develop your own individual style of work, in preparation for studying Art, Design or Media at university level.

Entry requirements

  • Average point score* of 4.5 or above, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths
    • If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa
  • Grade C/4 or above in an Art & Design or Creative Media GCSE subject preferred

Students who have not taken a GCSE in an Art & Design or Creative Media subject may present a portfolio of work to demonstrate passion, commitment and ability at an acceptable level.

What will I study?

You will given practical briefs and assignments, take part in workshops on art and design techniques, and art contextual presentations. You will have coursework set in Year One, which will be tracked and assessed on a continual basis. Your coursework will include individual creative projects that promote the development of your own individual style.

In Year Two, you will work on a personal investigation unit, and an externally set unit.


Why should I choose USP College?

Visits are made to galleries to appreciate the historical development and current trends within the area of art.


What could I do next?

This course is accepted as an entry qualification for many degrees and other Higher Education courses in a broad range of disciplines.

If you wish to study Art & Design or Media at a higher level, then you can go on to take the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, or continue your studies at university.

It is particularly appropriate for students who intend to go on to study Art & Design at a higher level, leading to a career in Graphic Design, advertising, multimedia design, publication design, book publisher, web designer or illustration.

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