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Course overview


Graphic communication is the process of communicating and problem-solving through visual means. Graphic designers create, control and combine symbols, images and text to communicate visual meaning, messages and moods.

What will I study?


The course will enable you to develop your visual awareness and your creative response to design briefs, training you to work methodically by embracing the design process. You will cover many topics and develop your skills by exploring traditional and digital techniques including drawing, illustration, typography, photography and print-making, working with both 2D and 3D media and processes. Through concept-based design briefs, you will be introduced to a wide range of applications for design work. You will learn to develop and apply your graphic techniques and will be expected to record your ideas and show their development.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Research visit to the Pitt Rivers museum to gather imagery and contextual sources.
  • Visit to an annual graduate design exhibition such as ‘New Designers’ or ‘New Blood’.

What can it lead to?

Many students go on to study visual communications, graphic design, illustration or other art and design courses at university with many going on to work within the UK’s vast creative industries. There are also opportunities to enter apprenticeships in design roles that offer a more immediate path to industry.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in a visual arts subject or submit a portfolio of current work for inspection by a member of the visual arts team.

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