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What can the subject prepare me for? St. Mary’s College Blackburn Most students enjoy the subject so much that they decide to continue at Higher Education or in employment. The skills developed will provide you with Course Leaflet Entry 2011 excellent entry onto a wide variety of Higher PERFORMING ARTS Education Art and Design courses. The subject can either be studied singularly or combined with another, the choice today is vast. This in turn could lead to a vocation in numerous areas such GRAPHIC as graphic design, multimedia, animation, visual arts, and media production to name but a few. DESIGN Alternatively the graphic skills gained would be AS and A Level highly valued in the competitive graphics industry. We recently had a graphics student short listed for the prestigious Creativity Works Award. During the past two years students have gained ENTRY REQUIREMENTS direct entry straight on to BA (Hons) Art Direction at Manchester Metropolitan. To study AS and A Level The quality and professionalism of portfolio work Graphic Design, students has impressed many institutes and students have will be expected to have a been awarded places on the basis of their work. minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including Art GCSE grade C or Graphic Technology and English grade C. A student without Art GCSE would be considered for entry on the course, supported by a suitable portfolio of work. This must satisfy the requirements as set out by the department. If you would like further information about this subject please contact the Head of Art at St. Mary's College Shear Brow Blackburn Lancashire BB1 8DX Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.stmarysblackburn.ac.uk ABOUT THE COURSE Magazines such as Creative Review, Eye (an internationally acclaimed graphics Graphic Design attracts students who are publication), Modern Painters, Tate Modern innovative, artistic and who are stimulated by Monthly and many more are kept in the the plethora of graphical imagery around them. department as an immediate resource for your Graphics are a part of every aspect of work. Gallery visits and workshops are an our waking lives, from the magazines and important part of the course. In your first year newspapers on sale in the local newsagents you can expect to visit many national galleries. to the overwhelming number of packaged products on sale at the supermarket, from the What do I need to make a success eye catching advertisements at bus stops and of GRAPHIC DESIGN? hoardings to CDs with their visually exciting sleeves. On this course you will be introduced Naturally, you will be interested in graphics to both contemporary and traditional with a keen focus on experimentation and techniques to create equally sophisticated an enthusiasm for using the latest software graphical imagery, whilst also developing and new materials. During this course and a cutting edge approach. The subject will especially in the second year the balance encourage you to experiment with a wide between practical and theory work is variety of processes and encompass all aspects important. You will be eager to find out about of graphical history from modernism to the other artists and designers, enjoy analysing next new thing. their work and writing your own opinions. You In the first year of the course you will develop will want to develop ideas and be inspired by a range of skills using illustration, printmaking, things around you and have an adventurous typography and digital technology. Visual approach to new media. studies, media research and graphic design Ultimately you will need a motivated approach history will underpin these introductory to this subject and a willingness to put in the skills. You will examine the work of others time needed to ensure you are a successful and be intrigued as to why for example, student on this course! advertisements for Honda and Levi Jeans or even the film credits for Seven, are readily HOW WIll THE SUBjECT BE remembered for being visually stimulating and not for who created them! ASSESSED? In year two students will apply these skills to There are two coursework units, one of a variety of graphical solutions with particular which is a timed exam unit. Both units are emphasis on commercial production. You will continuously assessed by your teachers so that have the freedom to experiment and use your you always know what is expected of you. knowledge from year one to create your own In June an external examiner visits the College innovative graphics for an area of your choice. to moderate grades This will be supported by specific research into design movements either historical or contemporary, and furthered by visits to local exhibitions, so that ultimately you develop an independent and mature attitude to your designs. If you have creativity, an eye for design and can be self motivated to achieve the potential in an idea, then this is the course for you! RESOURCES The Art & Design Department is supported by a team of specialist staff and excellent resources for the delivery of this subject. There is a new suite of Apple Macs which have the latest edition software and a wealth of media to support your creativity. Most of the materials are provided, however students will be expected to have their own memory stick on which to save their work. The library is full of new resources and with regular updates you can be sure that you are reading cutting edge material.
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