Graphic Design A Level at Harrodian encourages students to engage with an audience. Exploring a range of media, both digital and print based, the course focuses on visual communication. Working to a brief as well as developing research and evaluative skills, the A Level prepares students for higher education in the arts and industry.
Through workshops, studio visits, collaborative projects and the facilities available at Harrodian, the course allows students to become independent designers, developing their understanding of visual culture and use of communicative language.
Students study the OCR Graphic Design course at A Level. For further details please see the OCR Website or see Harrodian Sixth Form Prospectus for full course details.
In the first year of the A Level, we will cover a range of design skills including illustration, typography, packaging design, identities for print, web and animation. We also keep up to date with current design trends looking at how our ideas can be applied to a fast paced digital environment. Past students have gone on to study courses in Graphic Design, Engineering, Industrial Design, Illustration and Fine art.
Candidates should have a strong creative disposition; the ability to sketch and creative thinking are a must. A willingness to learn new skills and experiment with techniques are also important. A ‘can do’ attitude and interest in visual culture are key.
For more specific year-by-year information, please refer to our Curriculum Handbooks/Information Booklets.Extracurricular
The Design Department is open after school for teacher supported studio time and there are a number of design based lunchtime clubs for students to get involved in.
Teachers in charge of Graphic Design: Naomi Reid-Evans
Teacher of Graphic Design: Jake Murray