This exploratory and exciting course involves working with a broad range of media, including traditional techniques like printmaking and screen-printing, as well as contemporary media technologies ie. Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. This course may be taken alongside other A levels including Fine Art. In year one, students will explore ideas and develop skills through the creative process and learn from creative exploration. The focus is on
becoming literate and articulate in the language of design and the technology of Graphic Communication. As well as developing mastery of practical skill, creative and visual literacy; the Graphic Communication A level fosters creative problem solving, independence and engagement with historical and contemporary cultural, social and political issues. You will have the opportunity visually to explore, challenge and develop your own ideas and opinion on significant themes and issues. These skills are highly valued at Higher Education and by employers.
The Graphic Communication A level consists of two units:
Unit 01: Personal Investigation (60%)
Unit 02: Externally Set Assignment (40%)
Assessment is at the end of the second year and comprises assessment of components 1 & 2 by internal marking and external moderation. The Externally Set Assignment is set after Christmas of the second year.
Students who want to progress into Art & Design typically progress onto a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at UAL institutions and Ravensbourne
College of Design. Progression to university from this course is high. Career opportunities include graphic design, illustration, advertising and branding design, fashion, photography, product design, new media and web design.
In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:
Grade 4 in Art or Graphic Design
Merit in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art