What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
You will learn how to express your ideas visually, verbally and in writing. Sketchbooks are used extensively to record research, both visual and written, and the development of your ideas throughout projects.
Most of the work is practical and studio/workshop based. There may also be whole class discussions and lectures on the more theoretical aspects of the course. Your lecturer(s) will work closely with you and you will be encouraged as the course progresses to develop your own individual interests. Your work will be assessed informally throughout the course. A final grade is determined by an externally moderated, end of course assessment of the two units, for each of the two different levels.
What topics will I study?
Theme based projects and assignments are set, within which you can develop your practical skills and creative thinking. Advertising, illustration, photography, lettering and calligraphy, typography and printmaking are all aspects of the subject which may be covered in assignments.
An experimental approach to the use of media, materials and the development of ideas is encouraged. Researching and referring to the work of other artists/designers is an important element of the course. You will be given guidance in the study of relevant artists, designers and movements and there will be opportunities to visit local and national galleries and museums to enable you to experience the work of others, both contemporary and historical, at first-hand. The development of your own work requires you to analyse and evaluate your research, practical studies and final outcomes.
The emphasis is very much on enabling you to express and refine your own individual response to a theme, through increasingly personal and independent work as the course progresses. You will be required to produce two substantial units of work: a portfolio of coursework, and another based on an externally set assignment, for each level of the qualification, AS and A Level.
What experiences will I get?
You will take part in visits to experience the work of others, both contemporary and historical.
What are the entry requirements?
English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements: Grade 4 or above in GCSE art or a related subject such as media or graphic products. If this has not been achieved, then a project can be undertaken to demonstrate the student’s suitability for the course.
What can I study alongside this course?
Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate.
What facilities are there?
The Art and Design Faculty has numerous art studios, a print workshop, a ceramics workshop, a 3D workshop, photographic darkrooms, fashion and textile workspace, IT rooms with industry standard software eg: Photoshop, Flash, Motion, Stop Motion Pro and Final Cut Pro software on PCs and Macs.
What can the course lead on to?
You could progress onto an Art and Design Foundation Diploma and then a Graphic Communication Foundation Degree both here at Exeter College. A Level Graphic Design is an excellent preparation for Further and Higher Education courses in many Art and Design disciplines. It is also a valid entry qualification, when combined with other relevant subjects, for academic courses in higher education.
Are there any additional costs?
There are some costs of materials and resources – click here to find out more.
What do our students think?
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This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.
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