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GRAPHIC DESIGN AS & A Level This subject will suit you if: You have an interest in illustration, advertising, digital/traditional media and other areas later outlined in the section on ‘Ideas for Progression’. You want to develop your understanding of communication skills and 2D design and making processes. You enjoy experimenting with artistic techniques What You’ll Study and processes in a very practical way. You will develop your skills in 2D design through projects that: You are interested in gaining an appreciation of the work of existing artists and designers. Encourage you to work through the 2D O l d h a m S i x t h Fo r m C o l l e g e design process in a thorough and experimental manner using a range of structured teaching experiences including photography, illustration, computer aided design (PhotoShop), typography and advertising & promotion. Develop your appreciation of the work of others. There are two units to cover at both AS and A2. The first AS unit is based around a set theme whilst the second is based on a list of questions set by the exam board. Five hours of the second unit is completed under supervised conditions. By A2, you will begin by working on a project you design yourself with guidance from your tutors. Here you will also produce If you like a written investigation to study work in more depth. The second A2 unit is based on a list this you may like. . . of questions set by the exam board. The final Graphic Design combines well with Fine fifteen hours of this unit are completed under Art, Creative Design, Ceramic Design,Textile supervised conditions. Design, Photography or the Applied Art and Design course. IT, Media or Film Studies would also be good subject combinations. Additional Entry Requirements C or above in GCSE (or a BTEC Level 2 Pass) in any Art & Design subject. The ability to draw is expected. Mahmuda Khatun Trips and Events “I decided to choose this subject You will have the opportunity to go on a range of trips including because I thought it would be really Paris international residential, visits interesting and give me the chance to to galleries in London, Yorkshire use my ICT skills. I like experimenting Sculpture Park, the Pre-degree with the different methods used Foundation course at The Oldham in Graphics because it’s not just all College and the Pre-degree Foundation and degree shows at about computer work - you can Manchester Metropolitan apply many manual approaches University. There are also which make this subject really opportunities to view the creative. If you are thinking about portfolios of visiting artists studying Graphics at Oldham Sixth and designers and discuss Form I say go for it, you will have with them their experiences in art and design. a course which you will enjoy and demonstrate your skills in. When I leave College I would like to become involved in web development and the skills I’ve learned in Graphics will play a big part.” Ideas for Progression Graphic Design is a major employer. Careers in this field range from Magazine and Book Illustration, Photography, New Digital Media, Magazine Layout Design, Advertising, Poster Design, Animation, Packaging Design, Typography and so on. Many Graphic Design students choose to initially progress onto a Pre-degree Foundation course which then enables them to move into any area in art and design. The Art and Design department has an arrangement with The Oldham College for their Pre-degree Foundation course in Art and Design that supports students in their successful application to this course. To find out more you can visit our website: www.osfc.ac.uk and click on Courses. Other useful information can be found at; www.computerarts.co.uk, www.digital-photography-school.com, www.dcmag.co.uk, www.theispot.com, www.shannonassociates.com, www.debutart.com.
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