Graphic Communication


Multimedia background. Composed of many images

Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of graphic media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. They learn about Graphic Communication from other times and cultures.

They will cover areas such as: Communication Graphics, illustration, typography, package design, design for print, advertising and branding, signage and exhibition graphics.  They will develop skills using a range of materials, techniques and processes, from digital photography, Photoshop and typography, to observational drawing, painting and printmaking.

Both components involve written work through annotation of ideas and research into artists.

Students are required to maintain a portfolio of work that shows thoughts, working process and skills for each component. This portfolio and their final pieces of work produced during years ten and eleven make up the coursework.

Component 1 : Portfolio of Work 60% of the marks

Candidate’s work for the portfolio should be carried out under informal supervision, that is, under a sufficient level of supervision to ensure that the contribution of candidates can be recorded accurately, that work can be authenticated and that plagiarism does not take place. Research to help develop ideas may be completed with limited supervision.

Candidates should carefully select, organise and present materials, which show work carried out during their course of study. They need to ensure that they provide evidence of meeting all four- assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Component 2: Externally Set Task 40% of marks

Question papers are issued from January 2nd.  Having selected their preferred assignment, students have unlimited preparation time, and then 10 hours of sustained focused study.  The work is then marked by the Academy and moderated by AQA.

The course includes both practical and theory elements in lessons to be supported with homework, marks are awarded through completion of components.

Skills Required/Developed

  • Drawing from life and from your imagination.
  • Experimenting with a wide range of materials
  • Research into the work of artists and art movements.
  • Creativity and a personal vision.

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