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Graphic Communication

A Level

"A Level Graphic Communication helped me to experiment more with digital software such as Photoshop and to develop my skills as a designer. I am now studying for an art foundation at Ravensbourne and next year I will be enrolling on a degree in Graphic Communication."

"This course has enabled me to learn new skills, to be imaginative and to to open my mind to my surroundings and the world around me. I am now studying for a degree in Illustration and Animation at university and it is amazing."

What will I study?

This subject is concerned with the communication of information and ideas by visual and textual means. Graphic Communication is a technically challenging subject that encourages students to develop a personalised visual language that has clarity, originality and a high level of technical control in order to communicate a message or relay information. You will explore drawing through digital and traditional methods and will experiment with a wide range of tools, materials and techniques. You will also learn how to use sketchbooks to explore your own creative process by experimenting with imagery and manipulating meanings. The course will provide you with the opportunity to explore a variety of graphic visual communication methods including illustration, typography and poster and packaging design.

As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level, you will be required to produce a minimum 1000 word critical study. At the end of the course, your work will be displayed at the College’s art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of our learners.

What do I need to study this course?

GCSE (Grade 9-5) in an Art based subject or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (Merit). If you have not studied the subject at school but wish to be considered for the course, evidence of ability and interest in the form of a sketchbook/portfolio must be shown at interview.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework portfolio and controlled assignments. You will be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and separate controlled assignments

Where will A Level Graphic Communication lead me?

This course leads naturally to careers in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion, Advertising and Product Design. Art & Design courses are also useful if you are considering a career in such fields as Architecture, Marketing, Publicity, Arts Administration, Animation and the Media. Graphic Communication is particularly advantageous for those wishing to progress onto a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

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