Graphic Communication A Level

Full name of specification

Art and Design: Graphic Communication

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Entry Requirements

A level 6 in an art and design GCSE; portfolios also considered

Why study this course?

An A level in Graphic Communication is an excellent complement for other art courses at A level. It is also an excellent basis on which to apply to study the subject further at art college or university as, along with the skills, it will provide you with the portfolio you will need for your application. It is also very useful if you wish to work or study in areas relating to design, fashion and architecture. The course will develop your skills in drawing and visualisation and these have value far beyond courses such as those mentioned already.

What can you expect from this course?

This course encompasses a wide and developing area of study, incorporating a variety of related disciplines and utilising traditional skills, such as hand-formed lettering, alongside cutting-edge digital technologies. The boundaries between related graphic processes are becoming increasingly blurred but aspects, such as advertising, illustration and typography provide an indication of what might be covered within the option. Possible areas of study include: illustration, typography, advertising and branding, book covers and record covers.

How is it assessed?

60% Coursework (1000-3000 word supplementary essay), 40% externally set exam

What can I do after completing this qualification?

Studying Graphic Communication shows an employer that students are able to use a wide range of academic and creative skills and can apply their skills to come up with a range of outcomes. Students have been successful in securing degree places on Graphic Design courses at university and one-year Foundation courses.

What will I study?

Design a civilisation project (skills based)
Exhibition Project: Christmas Challenge
Exhibition Project
Personal Investigation Project
Externally Set Exam

Additional activities within this subject

Animation, Character Development, Photography
Frequent visits to exhibitions

Wider Reading list

End of Print, D. Carson
Published by Cinko Press, ISBN 978-1856692168

AGI: Graphic Design Since 1950, B. Bos
Published by Thames & Hudson, ISBN 978-0500513422

The A-Z of Visual Ideas,  J. Ingledew
Published by Laurence King, ISBN 978-1856697149

History of Graphic Design (4th Edition), P. Meggs, A. Purvis
Published by John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0470168738

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