Awarding Body:EduqasCourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade A* - C including Maths and English. It is beneficial if you have studied an Art and Design course at GCSE (Art, Commercial Art, Graphic Communication etc) as this is an Art and Design course. If you have studied Graphic Products this can be appropriate, but may not have prepared you as fully for the creative thinking skills required in an Art and Design course. Drawing skills are not essential, but enthusiasm and a creative approah are.

Course Content

Think of Graphic Communication as Commercial Art, it is about exploring ideas visually and creating beautiful outcomes that communicate a message, and have a commercial application. We always work to a brief and tight deadlines to prepare you for higher education and the design industry.

We spend a lot of time researching, thinking around, and exploring ideas to help us come up with the best and most unique ways to respond to a brief.

We work with a range of media; traditional paints, rollers, various printing techniques, collage, as well as using the latest edition of Adobe Creative Cloud software and 2D design to create work. With two laser cutters and two CAMM cutters in our department we are kitted out to be able to produce the best quality outcomes that look highly professional.

We aim to set you up with a range of skills and a body of work, including a visual journal/sketchbook, that could be presented as a portfolio at interviews for University and Art Foundation courses. Many of our students have gone on to study a creative Graphics based course after finishing college.

You are expected to work outside of lessons, and a reasonable expectation is that you would spend between three and five hours outside of the classroom working each week. You must have this level of motivation or you will find the course increasingly diffcult.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

You will receive a series of one to one assessments on your progress and termly progress tutorials. Your final assessment for your AS level ward is as follows:

AS Level

The AS year includes an introductory period where we will teach you skills and techniques, and give you lots of oportunities to respond personally to short projects. This introductory period will be followed by one extended coursework project that is internally set. You will also have the opportunity to create a visual journal/sketchbook that allows you to build and learn new skills and techniques in a range of design related areas.

Component 1: Personal Creative Enquiry (worth 100% of AS level)

The Personal Creative Enquiry consists of an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner. The Enquiry must integrate critical, practical and theoretical work.

A2 Level

At A2, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in AS with greater depth of study:

Component 1: Personal Investigation (worth 60% of A level)

The Personal Investigatin consists of a major in-depth, practical,critical and theoretical investigative project/theme-based portfolio. Learners will be required to carry out an extended critical and contextual analysis (1000 word minimum requirement).

Component 2: Externally set assignment (worth 40% of A level)

Learners will be required to independently develop a personal response to one of a varied range of stimuli. Learners will develop their response during a preparatory study period culminating in a 15 hour sustained focus study.

Financial Implications

Although the Product Design department will provide essential materials for you to work with (paper, paint, some drawing media) you will need to purchase some equipment (A3 Plastic Wallet, A3 Portfolio, colour pencils, fine liners, rubber, sharpener, graphite pencils, glue stick, memory stick (16GB minimum), ongoing printing credit). It is important to stress that Graphic Communication can be an expensive subject, and should you wish to use more specialised media this may well involve some personal expense. The College has a Student Support fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Career Progression

A2 level Graphic Communication enables access to further study, through a portfolio of work onto foundation courses in Graphic Design and courses at BA Honours Degree Level.

Relevant degree courses include: BA Honours Graphic Design, BA Honours Illustration, BA Honours Digital Media, BA Honours Animation, BA Honours Design Management etc.

Additional information:
NOTE: This course focuses on the specialist aspects of graphic design which is usually in the form of a 2D (flat) outcome. Those interested in the 3D modelling courses should refer to Product Design or Art and Design Sculpture.

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