A Level

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Graphic Communication, A-Level HF-GRPHAL-D(0000)000

Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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The Graphics A Level at HSDC Havant provides the opportunity for students to develop their creative potential as a graphic designer or graphic illustrator through a wide area of study. 

Be it advertising, campaigns or branding, graphic communication is integral to everyday life. Focusing on the use of text and image to communicate ideas, you’ll produce practical explorations alongside critical analysis in areas including illustration, typography, advertising, packaging design and design for print. 


Five GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics. You should also have studied a related subject such as Graphic Design, Art and Design, Photography or Textiles at GCSE level. Evidence of creative ability must be shown at interview in the form of a portfolio of art and design work. It may be possible to gain entry to the qualification without a GCSE in an Art related subject by submitting a portfolio showcasing your practical work at interview.

Coursework portfolio

In your first year, you will complete several guided projects and design workshops. Recent live projects have included a children’s vector animal illustration book with illustrations displayed in a children’s ward at QA Hospital and hand-drawn expressive typography formulating unique 'alphabets', exploring letter construction.

During your second year, you will have the opportunity to develop a personal investigation within a subject area and specialism of your choice, developing an extensive and personal portfolio of work.

Externally set assignment

You will select from starting points issued by the exam board. During this period you will complete preparatory work and culminate the assignment with 15 hours of supervised time where the focus is on developing ideas and completing final outcome(s) independently.

This course requires open minded, self-motivated students to produce independent work on subjects varying from handmade typography and illustration workshops to vector graphic designs with industry based techniques. You will explore digital programmes such as Adobe Illustrator and complete a number of exciting live graphic projects.

You will be supported by lecturers with previous graphic design or illustration industry experience and will be able to make full use of the excellent facilities and equipment available to you. You will be well informed of both current and historically significant artists/designers through a range of presentations and independent research.

To consolidate your class based research, you will be required to spend approximately five hours per week to self directed study developing your project work. You will finish the course with a formal qualification and a varied portfolio of work suitable for both employment and academic interviews. If you would like to see some examples of work visit the HSDC Graphics Instagram @hsdc_graphics

This course is assessed through a coursework portfolio and an externally set assignment.

Many students wishing to pursue art & design further progress onto Higher Education or apprenticeships within creative sectors.

You will be able to develop a portfolio fit for direct entry to Degree, HND or pre-degree Foundation courses. This course has prepared past students for pathways including graphic design, illustration, typography, digital media, computer animation, computer games design, advertising, fine art and architecture.

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student