Why Study Graphic Design?

Studying Graphic Design will enable you to work with ideas, concepts, images and type. You will be producing images and arranging written and visual information for print. You will gain design skills in typography, illustration, packaging and printing. Drawing from first hand sources is an important element of the course, as is the design process, charted through work books. Over the two years you will also
develop many transferable skills such as presentation, collaboration, analysis, research, communication and self-confidence. These are essential skills for transitioning to university and working life.

The course is made up of coursework (60%) and an externally set task (40%) at the end of the second year. You will learn how to respond to various design briefs, how to communicate using type and image and the history and practice of Graphic Design.

Why study Graphic Design at Worcester Sixth Form College?

We have facilities for drawing, printmaking and photography. We also have industry standard software and access to colour printing. You will be required to participate in museum/gallery visits and any site visits related to practical work. We work on live projects which allow student work to be seen in a wider context. Many guest speakers are invited into College to talk to students about their field of study or
their university courses. We have regular exhibitions both in College and outside exhibition spaces.

Graphic Design Xi Yu Chen

Xin Yu Chen

Graphic Design - South Bromsgrove Community High School
I chose to study Graphic Design because I have always been interested in Art and Design. I really enjoyed the course because of the different range of design projects that have taught me many skills and techniques. I enjoyed making illustrations and character-based designs in Photoshop and Illustrator because of the artistic aspects of it. I also took Fine Art as I have always been very passionate about drawing. This has helped me to make sketches to illustrate my ideas and concepts and experiment with different styles for design projects. After College, I am planning to go to university to study Graphic Design.

Progression Opportunities

Many students continue on to art-related courses, including Foundation courses which may be followed by a Graphic Design or Visual Communication degree. Others go on to apprenticeships and employment. We have strong links with the University of South Wales, Falmouth University and the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design.

In recent years, students who have studied Graphic Design have gone on to study many related design courses such as Graphic Design at University of Worcester, Graphic Communication and Illustration at University of Loughborough and Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff University.

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Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Graphic DesignGCSE Art & Design (not Graphic Products) at grade 4 or above, or portfolio.Experience in observational skills and developmentArt materials: £30-£45. At least two visits: £30

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