Graphic Communication

Examination Board AQA

Course Code 7203

Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in Art or Graphics at GCSE


Why Study Graphic Communication?

Graphic communication is defined as the process of designing primarily visual material to convey information, ideas, meaning and emotions in response to a given or self-defined brief. In essence, Graphics is an element of Art that uses imagery and text to communicate an idea or concept. This is a hugely versatile course that involves a host of different media and processes, including 3D packaging elements, traditional painting and drawing and multimedia design using Photoshop. The skills you will learn will equip you for entry to employment or into higher education.

What will I study?

The course will begin with a series of workshop activities. These will broaden your skill base and help you build a portfolio. You will be given the opportunity to use a variety of materials and processes, experimenting with techniques and researching the work of other designers. The course will continue with themed briefs which you will be asked to respond too in your own style, while being influenced by the work of others. You will also be asked to demonstrate understanding by analysing and evaluating work, through the process of written essays.

What will lessons be like?

To begin with the majority of lessons with will be practical in nature. Staff will lead on workshop activities, with a focus of learning new skills. Once a brief is set, lessons will become more focused on the journey of your project. Students will be encouraged to work independently, following verbal and written guidance from staff. You will have access to a 6th form only area of the Art block where you can have your own space, plus access to materials, computers and colour printing.

How will my work be assessed?

You will be given both verbal and written feedback from staff at intervals throughout the course.

You will build a portfolio of work based on a selected theme, which is ultimately worth 60% of your qualification. This will be marked by staff and then be externally moderated by a moderator from the exam board.

The external set assignment makes up the other 40% of you’re A-level. You have the opportunity to choose your own theme from a range provided by the exam board. This culminates with a 15 hour supervised session, usually over the course of three days. This again is marked in house by staff and moderator by a moderator from the exam board.

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