A-level Graphic Design


Graphic Design is driven by innovation, rapid developments in technology and highly creative minds. Magazines, websites and advertisements are just a few examples of Graphic Design that we encounter each day. Through ‘live’ projects with our business links, you will gain an insight into the main Graphic Design industries. Drawing as a communication tool is a key part of the course.

Course type

A-level (AS and A2)

Course length

AS-level: one year
A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including an Art-related subject and English Language.

Please note: At interview, you will be required to show a portfolio of art or design work to demonstrate your ability in Graphic Design.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • drawing as a way to communicate ideas clearly and directly
  • design development
  • graphics in advertising and typography
  • developing techniques using software such as Photoshop and Illustrator
  • multimedia applications such as Flash

On the course you will:

  • develop a professional portfolio
  • attend seminars run by practising designers and visit design galleries
  • have the opportunity to run the in-house NewVIc Graphic Design  company
  • explore graphic design ideas through sketching, drawing, photography and stencilling
  • create visuals for live performances, music events and exhibitions
  • combine handcraft methods with computer manipulation

Method of assessment

Over two years, you will complete four units. The final unit of each year is externally set by the examination board.

What will I be able to progress to?

A-level Graphic Design will prepare you to progress to Graphic Design, Animation and Advertising degrees. Possible careers include working for the media, an advertising company or a design agency. Former students have gained places at Central Saint Martins, Ravensbourne, and London College of Communication.

Other information

You will need to buy a course Art pack at the start of the year. Single Art items are available to buy from the department’s Art shop. A professional portfolio for students progressing to an Art-related higher education course can also be purchased. Research trips will require a small financial contribution.


Create, NewVIc’s unique creative offering, is available for those students interested in pursuing a career in the creative industries.