A level Art & Design (Graphic Communication including Digital Animation)

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: WJEC/EDUQAS



This exploratory and exciting course involves working with a broad range of media, including traditional techniques such as printmaking and screen-printing, as well as contemporary media technologies i.e. Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Learners will work in the SFX Mac Suite as well as the studio. This course may be taken alongside other A levels including Fine Art.

In year one, students will explore ideas and develop skills through the creative process and learn from creative exploration. The focus is on becoming literate and articulate in the language of design and the technology of Graphic Communication.

As well as practical skills, creative and visual literacy, the Graphic Communication A level fosters creative problem solving, independence and engagement with historical and contemporary cultural, social and political issues. You will have the opportunity visually to explore, challenge and develop their own ideas and opinion.

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  • Course units...

    The Graphic Communication A level consists of two units:
    Unit 1 Personal Investigation and Study (60%)
    Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment (40%)

  • Course assessment...

    Assessment is at the end of the second year and comprises assessment of units 1 & 2 by internal marking and external moderation.

    The Externally Set Assignment is set after Christmas of the second year.

  • This course can lead to...

    Students who want to progress into Art & Design typically progress through a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at UAL institutions and Ravensbourne College of Design. Progression to university from this course is high.

    Career opportunities include graphic design, illustration, advertising and branding design, fashion, photography, product design, new media and web design.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade C in Art or Graphic Design OR Merit in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art

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