COURSE OVERVIEW

Duration: 2 Years, Full-Time
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs (9-4/A*-C) UCAS points up to 56 (depending on grade outcome)
Campus: Middlesbrough

Our A-Level Graphic Communication course here at The Northern School of Art offers you the opportunity to turn creative talents into problem solving skills.

COURSE DETAILS

You will explore a range of topics, including typography, branding, poster design and book cover design, on this exciting and stimulating course. As well as embedding the design process, students will have an opportunity to develop their drawing skills and sharpen visual awareness. When you complete your studies, you should have the confidence, ability and understanding to produce individual and innovative design solutions that creatively utilise both real media and digital techniques. On successful completion of an A-Level programme of study, you will have the skills and qualifications needed to progress onto a wide range of courses at foundation level, degree level, or to go directly into industry employment.
Our A-level students are encouraged to participate in a range of activities to support their understanding of creative arts and their future career and job roles. Students on the A-level pathways have also successfully taken part in national competitions, such as The Knitting & Stitching Show, created video content for the Department of Education and taught online to primary schools. We also think it is really important to explore the issues that impact on our students and recent teaching modules have explored knife crime, environmental issues and art, social media and its impact on mental health.

Our students progress to a wide range of different study and learning, including The University of York, Leeds Arts University, University Arts London, York St John University, Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as The Northern School of Art degree programmes. On the A-level pathway, students also have access to a range of workshops and skills talks provided by practising professionals from across the creative industries as well as higher education and degree-level lecturers - each session provides essential advice and insight into planning for a successful career as a creative professional.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Years Course Duration

A minimum of five GCSEs at A*-C / 9-4 including Maths and English at minimum C/4 grade plus a portfolio of artwork and evidence of written work.

Maximum UCAS points score for final grades

STUDENT PROFILE

MATTHEW JINKS What do you enjoy most about your course? I didn’t expect the range of things we’d learn, I just thought it would be mainly Photoshop and InDesign but it’s so much more. What’s your favourite thing about The Northern School of Art? I love how we can freely work on our own and we’re not too pushed into a certain direction. What are your next steps? After this, I’m planning on heading to York St John to study Illustration. What's surprised you about your time here? It’s a really nice environment to work in.

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