Graphic Communication will appeal to students who want to express their creativity in ways that can be applied to the worlds of advertising, illustration and typography and especially to students considering university courses or careers in these areas.
Graphics gives you the opportunity to learn and use a range of visual language skills using digital and hand-drawn techniques. You learn the elements of effective design by working to a series of set briefs and own personal projects.
As the course progresses you develop a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of design, gaining confidence in the use of techniques before going on to explore your own identity and areas of interest.
You can follow a link here to the specification for AQA Graphic Communication
During the course you will visit galleries and exhibitions in London and further afield. Recent destinations have included Amsterdam and Berlin.
At the end of your first year you have the opportunity to exhibit your own designs in a professional gallery setting at the annual Paston Art Show, attended by over 700 people.
Graphics can be studied alongside all or either of the other art based A-level subjects.
Students go on to a wide range of Universities and Art Schools nationally to continue their studies. We have a special relationship, "Progression Accord" with the Norwich University College of the Arts, which also enables students to do so more locally.
1st Year Graphic Communication
In the first year you learn:
- How to keep a sketchbook and document a development of ideas.
- How to develop a critical and analytical understanding of historical and contemporary design and how this can inspire and influence your work.
- How to experiment and take risks with typography, illustration and imagery, applying these to advertisements, branding or campaigns.
- How to review and refine your work and make effective design decisions
- How to use software such as PhotoshopTM, IllustratorTM and InDesignTM
- How to develop ideas into successful, ambitious final pieces to exhibit in the Paston Art Show.
Below you can see an example of a 1st year Graphic Communication students sketchbook:
Please refer to our entry requirements for the different programmes of study.
Additional entry requirements for this course: C in Art, Graphics or Photography at GCSE
If you did not take Art, Graphics or Photography at GCSE you must have a portfolio approved at interview.
A-Level Graphic Communication
In A-Level Graphic Communication you build upon the skills and knowledge:
- Develop a personal project through independent study, lessons and tutorials.
- Write a 1,000-3,000 word critical assignment linked to your personal project, looking at an element of design that interests you.
- You will be given an exam paper in February outlining your component 2 title. You will need to create a sketchbook full of preparatory work which leads to your 15 hour exam in May.
- Develop ideas into professional, ambitious final pieces to exhibit in the Paston Art Show.
For students who plan to apply to university to study graphics there will be 121 portfolio sessions, selecting the best work to show at interviews. Norwich University of the Arts also come in to discuss portfolios and interviews so students are well prepared.
Below you can see an example of a 2nd year Graphic Communication students sketchbook:
Below you can see an example of an 1st year Graphic Communication students Research book:
Component 1: Personal Investigation. 60% of total qualification.
Externally Set Assignment. 40% of total qualification. This incorporates 2 elements; preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions).