Graphic Communication encourages free expression and is about communicating and expressing information in a visual, creative and exciting way. The course focuses on the relationship between typography and image, leading to a broad range of Graphic Design outcomes.
The specification studied is the OCR Art & Design (Graphic Communication). It may be taken alongside Photography, and Design: Art, Craft and Design and Textile Design.
You will be asked to do an assignment before starting the course, this must be completed before enrolment. Plenty of advice will be given and no specialist equipment is necessary.
Graphic Communication & Photography Open Event Presentation
This is a two-year course. Students are assessed on the following two units at the end of the second year.
60% of A-level
Externally Set Task
40% of A-level
In the first-year students following the course explore graphic design in its widest sense, through coursework projects and theoretical knowledge. Subjects covered include typography, advertising, packaging, illustration and photography. The use of computer software is included in the course, alongside more traditional skills, such as observational drawing and printmaking to produce effective Graphic Design solutions.
In the second year, students will choose their own areas of study and will set their own design briefs building upon the knowledge and skills that they have learnt in the first year. The work is much more independent with advice and guidance from the staff. Students are also required to produce a written study about an artist or designer as part of their Personal Investigation
Methods of Teaching and Learning
Lessons are predominately practically based giving students the opportunity to develop their own independent styles of working. Demonstrations, tutorials, workshops and visiting guest speakers will support and enhance the student knowledge and understanding. In their first year students are given a thorough grounding in core skills through experimentation in a wide variety of media. In the second year students work and develop their own projects, ideas and specialisms. A minimum of 4.5 hours private study per week is required.
It is essential that students are encouraged to do first hand research and a number of trips are organised.
Meet the Creative Arts teachers and students
Creative Arts Students Discuss the Annual Art Exhibition
The Curriculum Area consists of seven studios/work areas situated in a custom-built Creative Arts Complex. The main areas catered for are: Printmaking, Drawing and Painting, Photography, Textiles & Graphics.
Graphic Communication A-level provides a sound basis if you wish to proceed to Higher Education, as well as being a useful background to a career within the Art field.
You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including a grade 4 in English Language or English Literature, a GCSE Art subject is desirable. You will be asked to do an assignment before starting the course, this must be completed before enrolment. Plenty of advice will be given and no specialist equipment is necessary.
Trips and visiting speakers are organised throughout the year in order to inspire students and give them a broader understanding of Graphic Communication. These will come at a variable cost but we will always keep costs down wherever we can.
The additional costs for this subject are as follows:
Graphic Communication year 1- No studio fee and cost of studio kit is £26.57
Graphic Communication year 2- No studio fee and no kit.
Financial assistance is available via the college Bursary Scheme