Graphic Design (Art)

The Graphic Design course challenges you to problem solve and create exiting and thought-provoking work. The course encourages you to explore ideas through a combination of studio based work and digital software. You will explore a variety of areas such as advertising, typography, branding, magazine design, illustration and packaging. You will be introduced to the subject through a range of induction projects that allow you to build your skills before following personal lines of inquiry. You can expect to be using our laser cutting machine, 3D and print studios and our digital workshops to realise your ideas. A broad study of leading graphic designers, illustrators and artists will enrich and inspire your own creative practice. As part of the Graphic Design course there is an emphasis on how Designers work – pitching and presenting to external clients, budgeting and managing the delivery of final outcomes; you will be introduced to these process through live projects and competitions. At the end of the year, your work will be exhibited in our Art & Design show at The Lightbox gallery in Woking.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop your skills in design through drawing techniques, CAD software in addition to presenting your design work professionally.

You will become a create thinker who can problem solve, coming up with exciting design solutions.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 -   Coursework: incorporating two linked elements (Portfolio & 1000-3000 words - 60%)

  • Section A: Generating practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources.
  • Section B: Supporting study based on a selected topic (1000-3000 words)

Component 2 - Examination: Art & Design Externally Set Exam (15 hours - 40%)

  • Section A: Respond to a stimulus to produce work which portrays the ability to research and develop ideas & link between personal and external work.

Where does the course lead?

Some students go on to study on a one year Foundation course at an art college. They can then progress to a degree course within Art and Design in areas such as graphic design, advertising, illustration, games design or animation. In recent years some degree courses have been accepting students without the Foundation course.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Emma Hobbs

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including at least a grade 4 in an Arts subject (or C in DT)

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 60%, Examination = 40%