This course is designed for creative arts students who are interested in branding, typography, advertising and visual culture. Students will use both practical and digital process to create a range of products including book covers, posters and packaging. It may be taken alongside Fine Art, Textile Design, Product Design or Photography.
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
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.
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 cost of all trips and visits will be the responsibility of all students. In Year 1 a studio fee is required of £20 which contributes towards essential studio materials and resources. We would recommend students to purchase comprehensive art kit through abacus which currently costs £99.98. Financial assistance is available via the college Bursary Scheme
Creative Arts Students Discuss the Annual Art Exhibition
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.