Graphic Communication GCE A Level
- September 2020, Full Time
You will learn the elements of effective design by working to a series of set briefs and your own personal projects. As the course progresses, you will develop a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of design and gain confidence in the use of techniques before going on to explore your own identity and areas of interest.
In the first year, you will learn how to keep a sketchbook and document a development of ideas. You will learn how to develop a critical and analytical understanding of historical and contemporary design and how this can inspire and influence your work. You will also learn how to experiment and take risks with typography, illustration and imagery and how to apply these to advertisements, branding or campaigns.
In the second year, you will develop a personal project through independent study, lessons and tutorials and write a 1,000-3,000 word critical assignment linked to your personal project that will focus on an element of design that interests you. We take opportunities wherever possible for you to view a range of work from various artists both locally and nationally.
If you’re interested in applying to study a degree level graphics course, there will be one to one portfolio sessions that will help you select the best work to show at interviews. Norwich University of the Arts also come in to discuss portfolios and interviews to ensure that you are well prepared for your next step.
Graphic Communication will appeal to you if you want to express your creativity in ways that can be applied to the worlds of advertising, illustration and typography. This subject will also appeal to you if you’re considering degree level courses or careers in these areas. Graphics can be studied alongside any of our art based A Level subjects as well as alongside any other Paston College A Level subject.
Why Our College?
View a broad range of work
We take opportunities wherever possible for you to view a range of work from various artists, both locally and nationally
Supporting your progression
We host one to one portfolio sessions to help you select the best work to show at interviews, and ensure you're prepared for your next step
Develop and hone your skills
You will learn to develop a critical and analytical understanding of design and how this can inspire your work, you will learn to experiment and take risks with typography, illustration, and imagery
3 A Level Programme
Minimum of 2 6/B grades and 3 4/C grades at GCSE. Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry to an A Level programme.
You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved a minimum of grade 4/C in these subjects.
4 A Level / A+ Programme
This programme is only available to students who achieve a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 8/A* plus 5 at grade 7/A and a minimum of grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.
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 will be assessed on two components across the 2 years. For component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total A Level marks. In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points which will count for 40% of your total A Level marks.
This course helps you to prepare for the next step in your creative career. Many students go directly on to degree courses at a wide range of universities and/or art schools to study Graphics and/or other visual art disciplines.
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop.
A 2 lesson offshoot project from the music and type project in y1 graphics- brief: to select and use song lyrics to advertise baked beans or spaghetti hoops. Not bad for 2 lessons work!
Year 1 learning some new digital skills in graphics at the moment for the ‘Music and Poetry’ brief. Giving them creative freedom to discover their own style through experimentation and play. These designs are by Eleanor J #alevelgraphics
We’ve had so many problems with this screen not working but we have had a break through! Now we just need to remember the settings and Mathilda can get started on the giant 6! 🥳 (Mathildas textiles project is about speech and communication)
Boro/Sashiko inspired sample. Looking at similarities between these techniques and underground root structures from @esme_rosabelle #stitch
More exciting designs on the drying rack. The process so far was big expressive, instinctive drawings on acetate> cut in strips> woven> exposed on a screen> printed 👏🏼
When you walk through the door in textiles and exciting things have been happening 🥳 well done @rosiepowley.design !!
Two students from Paston College have completed their Ambassador training and will now help promote and manage the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme at the college.Read more
Students on the Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design have organised a charity run to raise money for children’s cancer charity My Shining Star.Read more