Graphic Design

Subject Intent: Why Graphic Design?

Graphic Design gives students the opportunity to develop as creative practitioners and to learn about the breadth of creative opportunities in the design sector. They develop the necessary practical, professional and personal skills to create a diverse portfolio of work and to flourish as a freelance creative. The creative industries are currently one of the fastest growing in the UK and students can expect to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to continue into professions such as marketing and communications, graphic design and illustration, digital and interactive media, or interior and architectural design.

Why should I study this subject?

This creative Graphics course aims to develop students’ ability to communicate visually, and produce exciting and thought provoking work independently. The Visual Arts department offers students the opportunity to advance their skills in an exciting and supportive environment. In Year 12 the course is structured to develop the skills needed for the subject, and in Year 13 you will have more freedom to develop your own strengths and interests. The course covers a range of traditional skills including drawing and mixed media as well as professional digital techniques using industry standard Adobe CC software. The use of typography is integral, either hand rendered or computer generated. Some of the areas explored as part of this course are illustration, animation and computer graphics. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in original drawings which can be applied to advertising, packaging, website design, album artwork, illustration projects, leaflets, posters, book covers, etc.

What will I study?

• Typography and font design
• Drawing skills (both traditional and digital)
• Colour Theory
• Traditional printing techniques
• Visual research
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Photoshop
• Contextual skills
• Infographics
• Independent working skills
• Layout and presentation
• Editorial and branding

Graphic Design has allowed me to express
my creativity. It has given me creatively liberty, freedom and inspiration. I hope to study animation at university to see my ideas of aesthetics and alignments put into motion.

Jake Barraclough – Retford Oaks Academy

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here