Art & Design (Graphic Communication)

Course type: A Level • Awarding/exam body: WJEC/EDUQAS
This innovative and exploratory design course involves working with a broad range of digital media including animation, digital photography, Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, alongside traditional techniques like drawing, spray painting and screen-printing. In year one, students will explore ideas and develop skills through the creative process and learn from creative exploration. You will develop a mastery of practical skill, creative and visual literacy. The Graphic Communication A level fosters creative problem solving as well as independence, innovation, risk taking and engagement with 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.

Course Units

Component 01: Personal Investigation (60%)

Component 02: Externally Set Assignment (40%)

Course Assessment

Assessment is at the end of the second year and is comprises of internal marking of assessments 1
& 2 with external moderation. The Externally Set Assignment is set early in the Spring Term of the
second year.

This Course Can Lead To…

Progression to university from this course is high; students who want to advance into Art & Design
typically progress through a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and then onto undergraduate
courses. Many go on to study at UAL institutions, Ravensbourne College of Design, Manchester
Metropolitan University and De Montford. Career opportunities include Animation, Video
Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration Creative director, Set Design, Special Effects
Artist, Photography, Product management, Interaction design, Industrial design, editorial
design and architecture.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in Art or Graphic Design OR Minimum Merit in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art

Course Highlights

  • Visit to the ‘Access Art 25’ Live interpretation with Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy.
  • Visit to the Public Health Poster Collection at the Wellcome Collection Euston