Graphic Communication A Level
|Mode of study||Academic A Level|
|Campus||English Bridge Campus|
|Start date||4 September 2023|
|Course code||GRA-AL (2325)|
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and an Art or Design subject. Those who have not studied a GCSE Art or Design subject must be able to demonstrate their interest and ability through a visual portfolio that may include a variety of media, as well as examples of observational drawing.
What does the course involve?
Graphic Communication is all around us in the modern world and this absorbing creative subject gives you the opportunity to study how these messages are created and utilised. This course has a strong emphasis on establishing a thorough understanding of design principles and encourages you to develop your powers of observation ideas, imagination, problem-solving, knowledge of contextual studies and practical skills. Our specialist teaching facilities will aid your study in this subject and our supportive staff will guide you to achieve your potential.
Graphic Design is the study of printed messages and moving images: to persuade, to intrigue, to instruct, to warn and to sell, and how these messages are crafted and constructed. You will explore a range of drawing techniques, from print and photography to animation and digital imagery. There is a programme of gallery/seminar visits and guest speakers.
There will be opportunity to learn both hi-tech and lo-fi techniques to combine a range of skills including using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, video, animation and even typewriters and ink. Creative thinking will be encouraged to help you apply research and solve creative problems. A range of creative briefs will be utilised to boost creative confidence and enhance additional skills such as the use of language and typography and encourage creative growth.
A self-initiated brief made up of project concept development, research, and experimentation through a range of visual communication techniques. The project includes a written, analytical, contextual element.
How is the course assessed?
Personal investigation (Component 1) is 60% of the overall A Level grade. The remaining 40% will be derived from the Externally Set Assignment (Component 2), given in February with a period of research to develop ideas, followed by a 15-hour exam to produce a finished outcome.
There are many avenues to explore after taking Graphic Communication A Level including further study though art foundation courses or degrees in design, multimedia, web design, packaging, advertising, illustration and animation. Alternatively, it can be studied as a joint degree with subjects such as media, English, history, and languages. Career opportunities include such roles as advertising, marketing, digital design, and product development.
There are optional residential trips to London and Berlin.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional two or three subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative vocational programme of study via a separate application. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Level Graphic Communication (Fine Art and Film Studies)
Previous school: Idsall School
I have developed so much as a creative and changed the way I see things doing Graphic Communication at A Level. You see other people’s work in different ways and can draw amazing inspiration from so many places. I chose to come to SCG because the courses and facilities were the best available to me and I wanted to be in a new location.
A Level Graphic Communication (Music and Chemistry)
Previous school: Llanidloes High School
I like the exploratory ability to have the fixed starting point of a brief, but then to have free reign to discover and experiment. It’s creative freedom with a purpose. You’ve got the confidence to put something down and then see what comes of it and refine it.
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