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A Level Graphic Communication

Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Graphic Communication, such as Illustration, Advertising, Packaging design, Design for print, Communication and Computer Graphics, Multimedia, Animation, Web design, Film, Television and/or Video. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas. Projects investigate a wide array of problems involving the design of books, catalogues, posters, magazines and newspapers, packaging, wayfinding and sign systems, exhibitions, typefaces, websites and mobile apps, and more. As well as practical studio projects, students will work on professional assignments that involve real clients, real budgets, and managing resources.

AS Component 1: AS Coursework Portfolio – The Portfolio consists of researching a wide range of techniques and influences as well as at least one extended collection of work, or project. This is to be based on an idea, concept, theme or issue, from initial starting point to a realisation. This component is work 60% of the overall AS grade.
AS Component 2: AS Externally Set Assignment – Students produce a body of work choosing their own starting point from a variety of design briefs. A portion of the preparatory work is produced unaided under controlled conditions (10 hours). This component is worth 40% of the overall AS grade.

A Level Component 1: A Level Personal Investigation – Students produce a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme as chosen by them. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. This is a practical unit with supporting written material of a critical, analytical nature of no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000 words. This component is worth 60% of the overall A Level grade.
A Level Component 2: A Level Externally Set Assignment – Students produce a body of work from a choice of eight starting points completing a final outcome under controlled conditions (15 hours). This component is worth 40% of the overall A Level grade.

Enrichment Opportunities:
Enrichment opportunities open to students for the A-Level course include industry visits, external workshops and inspirational site and residential visits around the UK, Europe and America.

Why Study Graphic Communication?
The A-Level Graphic Communication course is ideal for students who want to find a way of creatively expressing themselves and allows them to develop their own interests and enjoyment of Graphic Design. The course also gives a solid foundation of knowledge, techniques and processes appropriate to those wishing to pursue Design in Higher Education or a career in the creative industries. This course, skills and knowledge available to them will give them an excellent start to any degree course.

Strong Subject Combinations
Art
Business Studies
Photography
Sociology

Possible Further Study and Degree Courses
Animation
Architecture
Fashion & Textiles
Graphic Design
Illustration
Interior Design
Marketing