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Graphics

Why study Graphics?

Graphic Communication is an area where Britain leads the world.

The intention of the course is not merely to produce future graphic designers, but to give students the chance to develop and extend their creative and technological abilities. This is a full GCSE course and, therefore, entitles students to extend their studies in Year 12 and 13 into AS and A2 Graphic Communication.

How will I be assessed?

Your overall success on the course is measured by your ability to evidence the 4 Assessment Objectives, set by AQA for all Art & Design courses.

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (60%)

The Portfolio is selected from work undertaken throughout the course, and will include more than one project. A project will contain evidence of a candidate’s ability to meet the four assessment objectives set by the exam board.

Unit 2: Externally Set Task (40%)

Candidates respond to a chosen starting point, selected from several questions set by the exam board. There is unlimited preparation time and 10 hours of sustained focussed study.

What happens in lessons?

You will be taught the basic design skills required by a Graphic Designer, by exploring a range of graphic media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. These skills will be taught and developed through focussed practical tasks, and ongoing project work.

During projects, you will analyse the work of existing artists and designers and use this to develop your own ideas; refine your ideas through experimentation and selection of appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes; record ideas and observations; produce a range of high quality, professional graphic products, which satisfy the project brief.

Contact Mrs A Oxley for more details.

What will I study?

You will be required to work in one or more areas of Graphic Communication, which might include:

  • Advertising & Promotion
  • Packaging Design
  • Illustration
  • Design for Print
  • Communication

What skills will I need?

  • Excellent Drawing and Communication Skills
  • Creativity and artistic flair
  • Sound ICT Skills particularly digital photography and image manipulation
  • Enthusiasm for the subject
  • Good organisation and time management to meet deadlines