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A-Level Graphic Communication

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AQA 7203 Nicky Monk monk-n@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk

Why study this course?

What skills does it develop?

Graphic Communication will give you the skills to produce personal creative work and develop your understanding of graphic design. You will develop your knowledge of materials and techniques, and the skills to communicate ideas and information visually. You will find out about a whole range of media, techniques and processes, including digital and non-digital elements. You can develop your creativity and independent thought, learn to express yourself visually and let your imagination flourish. Graphic Communication is a great companion to all other subjects as creativity, imagination and problem solving skills can give you great ideas for your other subjects.

What careers might it lead to?

Graphic Communication opens the door to a large number of fascinating and rewarding specialisms and careers in industry, commerce and the media. A few examples being; advertising, design for film and television, graphic design, interior design, marketing and web and app design.

What level of prior knowledge, attainment and skills are required?

What are the entry requirements?

You must have achieved GCSE Grade 6 in one of the following; Graphics, Art or Textiles.

Who would it suit?

Graphic Communication would suit creative individuals who enjoy working within a creative environment, using both digital and non-digital elements

What subjects might it combine with/lead to?

Graphic Communication combines well with a number of different subjects as creativity, imagination and problem solving skills can be utilised in other subject areas. It does work particularly well with Business Studies, Media, Psychology, Maths and Sciences.  

What does the course cover and how is it structured?

It is a practical course in which you learn by doing, so you will be able to create imaginative personal work within digital and non-digital elements. Year 12 is utilised as a skills building year, allowing you to develop your skills and creativity across a number of different medias, tools and processes.

How is the course assessed?

What examination modules/papers are there?

The course is split into Component 1 and Component 2, across both Year 12 & Year 13. In 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%. In Component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of the externally set assignments which will count for 40%. You will undertake a 10 hour practical exam in Year 12 and a 15 hour practical exam in Year 13 for Component 2.

How are they weighted?

Component 1 is weighted at 60% and Component 2 is weighted at 40%

How can families help?

What family trips might be useful?

Trips to Art or Design museums would be useful to develop interest into different designers and artists.

What activities might parents encourage?

Students could research and take part in practical or creative courses that run within Bucks. There are some free artistic courses run within the area.