Art Graphics

If you are interested in clever marketing visuals, funky lettering, logos, symbols, the way messages are communicated, or graphic art in general, this course is for you.

Students are able to enjoy a series of creative coursework projects exploring themes such as image and typography, layout design, experimental imagery and more abstract approaches. Sources from illustration, advertising and editorial design will provide further inspiration.

In Year 12, students undertake an intensive period of creative study under the guidance of specialist tutors, learn a range of experimental techniques, how to develop ideas and how to understand and produce graphic artwork. Lessons on Photoshop, Illustrator and other digital media, as well as collage and screen print broaden the range of practical explorations.

In Year 13, students further specialise in their strongest area of interest, developing a highly personal direction supported by tutors. A wider appreciation is developed via gallery visits locally, nationally and internationally. Students combine their knowledge and understanding to support their coursework portfolio. Outcomes include web design, graphics for architecture, campaign posters, clothing branding, movie posters, illustration, and animation.

A starting point for students wishing to develop a career in the creative industries, A Level Graphic Communication enables progression towards art foundation and a degree in: video, fashion, textile design, graphics, 3D design, product design, interior design, fine art, art digital media, animation, design for interactive media, illustration, teaching, automotive design and many others.

Careers

A starting point for students wishing to develop a career in the creative industries, A Level Graphic Communication enables progression towards art foundation and a degree in: video, fashion, textile design, graphics, 3D design, product design, interior design, fine art, art digital media, animation, design for interactive media, illustration, teaching, automotive design and many others.

Exam Board

OCR

Entry criteria

Students must have achieved a grade 5 in a related art/design subject. If not previously studied, students may demonstrate their suitability through a portfolio of work and liaison with the Head of Art.

Assessment

There is no written exam and all work is produced in art studio conditions.

Notes

Students may combine Graphic Communication with Photography or Fine Art to provide a strong foundation for university art and design degree courses.

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