Subject Intent: Why Graphic Design?

Graphic Design gives students the opportunity to develop as creative practitioners and to learn about the breadth of creative opportunities in the design sector. They develop the necessary practical, professional and personal skills to create a diverse portfolio of work and to flourish as a freelance creative. The creative industries are currently one of the fastest growing in the UK and students can expect to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to continue into professions such as marketing and communications, graphic design and illustration, digital and interactive media, or interior and architectural design.

What will I study?

  • Typography and font design
  • Drawing skills (both traditional and digital)
  • Colour Theory
  • Traditional printing techniques
  • Visual research
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Contextual skills
  • Infographics
  • Independent working skills
  • Layout and presentation
  • Editorial and branding

Graphic Design

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What are lessons like in this subject?

Graphic Design lessons include a combination of practical workshops, 1:1 tutorials, and independent project work. In Year 12 the course is structured to develop the fundamentals of Graphic Design, covering a range of traditional skills including drawing, mixed media, and professional digital techniques using industry standard Adobe software. The use of typography is integral, either hand rendered, or computer generated. In Year 13 you will have more freedom to explore your own design interests and select themes appropriate for your future career aspirations. The Visual Arts department has professional standard studio spaces with Apple Macs, Adobe Creative Suite software, and Wacom drawing tablets. It also has a wide variety of other arts based specialist tools and equipment to encourage students to explore multidisciplinary techniques such as photography and printmaking. We operate an ‘open door’ policy to allow students to use the equipment and studio spaces independently outside of their lessons.

What our


If you asked me in Year 11 what I thought graphic design was, I would have said it’s digital art. But it’s so much more than that; it’s art with a message open for interpretation, a way of communication, a representative. To be able to make your mark on the world through graphic design is more attainable with the support in the New College Bradford Visual Art’s department and I recommend to anyone who wants to make a change in the world to start off with this course.

khairah sankriwala, Dixons Allerton Academy

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