A Level Graphic Communication

What will be studied?

Students will develop practical skills in different areas of graphic design, including design for print, advertising and branding, illustration, package design, typography, and multi-media. The course is designed to allow candidates to explore potential careers in the creative sector. Students will have the opportunity to use state of the art media facilities including: the full Adobe Creative Suite of software programs including, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premiere Pro.
In addition, work will cover a broad range of processes including: typography, illustration, digital photography, hand rendered working methods and digital working methods, using a range of materials and equipment.

How will I be assessed?

The A Level course is assessed through two components. Component one (60% of total A Level) is a Personal Investigation digital portfolio of practical work responding to a personally set starting point/theme/scenario. Students also complete a written Related Study which complements any practical work. Component two is an Externally Set Task (40% of total A Level), which is issued by the exam board on 1st February. Students create a digital portfolio of development work before sitting a 15-hour (three day) exam in May in which a final response is created. All components are internally assessed and externally
moderated.

What next?

A qualification in Art and Design is recognised by a wide range of occupations. Graphic Communication is particularly valuable in careers in the arts, design, fashion, print/web-based journalism, merchandising, archaeology, forensics, conservation, pathology, advertising, marketing and many more. In a world where digital imagery, the internet and social media are integral vehicles in selling/ promoting desirable products, lifestyles and communicating visual messages, employers are always keen to employ people with a creative outlook and skills. This A Level is a well-respected and rigorously assessed course, valued highly by universities (including those in the Russell Group).
As the qualification also explores the types of employment available within the media industry, you will develop an awareness of career opportunities within the Creative Media
Industries and build a practical portfolio.

Further Information:

If you need any further information about studying A Level Graphic Communication please contact:

Mr Seaman – cseaman@bluecoat.uk.com

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Nottingham
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