Bolton School Sixth Form Boys

Art - Graphic Design

Why study Graphic Design at Bolton School? 

The graphic design A-level course was introduced to be taken alongside Art as a combination leading to entry to Foundation Art courses in higher education.  It is also suitable as an A-level course in its own right. 

What will I study? 

Graphic Design takes ideas, concepts, text and images and presents them in a visually engaging form through print, electronic or other media.  It imposes an order and structure to the content to ease the communication process, while optimising the likelihood that the message will be received and understood by the target audience.  A graphic designer achieves this goal through the conscious manipulation of elements.  This may include art direction, text, page layout, information technology and other creative aspects which will be realised through book and magazine illustration and design, architectural visuals, animation, posters and packaging. 

Students will be expected to work in some of the following areas:  illustration, advertising, packaging, web design, communication and video. 

The course consists of integrated practical, critical and theoretical study using a variety of media and processes.  This will be supported by the use of sketchbooks and first-hand experience of relevant works of graphic design.  The art & design department encourages students to develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers; investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement; an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate; knowledge and understanding of graphic design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures. 

How will I be assessed? 

The A-level award comprises of two assessment units.  Component 1 is the coursework module.  Students are required to submit an in-depth project.  Component 2 is the externally set assignment and is in two parts: a preparatory period when candidates carry out their research and investigations and a timed fifteen hour unaided period when candidates are required to produce a final outcome. 

Desirable requirements 

It is felt that 9 to 6 grade Art and/or Product Design GCSE candidates will be well prepared for the Advanced Level courses. Other candidates will be considered on presentation of a portfolio of work and on evidence of a total commitment to the subject. 

Where will it lead? 

Our modern world relies increasingly upon visual literacy in communication.  It is a world of images whether drawn, painted, printed, televised or computer generated and the artist is at the source of the image.  Career opportunities are  endless. 

Graphic Design could be taken with Art & Design and/or Product Design to give a package of relevant A-levels for students who wish to pursue a career in the design industry, as well as building a portfolio of work for interview at degree level or for employment.