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.
More screen prints from @bethandakotadesign in graphics this afternoon 🐩
Clara screen printing type in graphics this afternoon @clara_bartondesign
Taking risks in the creative subjects is what it’s all about. Sometime it works really well and sometimes it’s just fun to see what will happen! Be confident, take risks through your experimentation and then work it out from there! Keep thinking keep working! ✏️ #happyaccidents #aleveltextiles
HEADLINES workshop in year 1 graphics this morning tbc next lesson as they have just started drawing up their thumbnails ready to turn into headline posters! (Inspired by Shrigley of course)
RUST DYES. It’s an unpredictable process but when it’s good it’s GOOD! 🙂
Amazing textiles print developments from @zofja_design
Photo flash 📸 @hollywarne.design
Some work from the year 2 graphics projects today @theraggedline