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.
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15. Georgina. Georgina studied Textiles and Graphics alongside English Lit and History at Paston and went on to Manchester School of Art @mcrschart to study BA Illustration with Animation. She has just completed her 1st year and you can see some of her amazing work here and on her Instagram @grynldraws. Thanks for getting in touch Georgina and being part of #pastondesignpastandpresent (the animations wouldn't work but I'll try on another post!)
14. Abi. Abi studied Fine Art @pastonart and Graphics at Paston and was interested in illustration and making work off the computer. In graphics we try and encourage you to explore your ideas through a range of materials and techniques, not relying solely on computers. Abi went on to study Illustration at Arts University Bournemouth and is going into her 3rd year. Check out Abi's amazing current work here and on her Instagram @abi.harold. Thanks for being part of #pastondesignpastandpresent Abi!
13. Beth. Beth studied 3 art A Levels at Paston (@pastonart @pastoncollegedesign) and went on to study Graphic Design at the University of Lincoln. Since graduating she has been shortlisted for numerous awards and worked in an Innovation Agency, at Yours Clothing and is now a graphic designer for Hochanda TV. Check out some of Beth's work here and on her Instagram @b.richardsondesign. Thanks for getting in touch and being part of #pastondesignpastandpresent it's been so great to hear everyone's achievements!
12. Hatty. Hatty came to Paston in 2010 and chose the BTEC Art and Design @pastonart as it covers a range of art subjects. She completed her Masters in Product and Furniture design last year after a degree in Decorative arts. Check out her amazing stuff (brilliant for birthday presents) here @hattyatkinsstudio and lucky for us she has a competition running today! Thanks for being part of #pastondesignpastandpresent Hatty!
11.Ishtar. Ishtar studied Textiles, Art @pastonart and English at Paston and has gone on to study 3D Design and Craft at the University of Brighton. She now uses metal, wood and ceramics in her sculptures based on personal narrative and storytelling. Swipe through to check out @ishtar_luna_ work it's incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for being part of #pastondesignpastandpresent Ishtar 🌞