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Art and Design (Graphic Communication) at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

During the two-year Graphic Communication A Level, students will encounter a broad range of techniques and processes, and develop skills, ideas and experiences that support their creation of high-quality graphic designs and communication. Work produced on this course will demonstrate the use of creative skills to develop individual thoughts, feelings, observations and ideas within their projects.
The course will introduce students to all aspects of graphic communication which could include advertising; packaging design; design for print; illustration; communication graphics; branding; multimedia; motion graphics; and design for film and television. Students will learn vital graphics skills as well as studying the work of other graphic designers to inspire their work. They will learn analytical skills in studying the work of others, as well as creating meaningful collections of their own.

Course content

A Level Year 1
Extended Project Portfolio
During Year 1 students will follow a broad project within their discipline with a given theme. In the first term they will be challenged to develop an understanding of a wide range of techniques and processes within their specialisms. Students will be taught new skills which they can begin to use and develop with a high level of competency. Students will link their work to a given theme and throughout their practical explorations they will research and analyse the work of artists and practitioners across all disciplines, as well as critically reflect on their own work as it develops. In the latter part of Year 1 students will begin to develop their own work from a chosen theme utilising the key skills they have developed. This will result in a final outcome in a medium, and using techniques, of their own choosing.
A Level Year 2
Component 1: Personal Investigation
In Component 1, students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements will make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers, photographers or craftspeople and include written work of between 1000 and 3000 words to support this practical work. Students will continue to employ skills learnt in Year 1 and work with ever-increasing levels of independence. This will result in a body of work and final outcome that will form 60% of their overall A Level result.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
In Component 2, students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently
within time constraints. They will develop a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome, or a series of related finished outcomes. They will then sit a 15-hour practical exam that is the culmination of this preparation. This will form 40% of their overall grade.


Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

Fine Art: Standard pass (grade 4) or higher in GCSE Fine Art or Three-Dimensional Design

Textiles: Standard pass (grade 4) or higher in GCSE Fine Art or Textiles

Photography: Standard pass (grade 4) or higher in GCSE Fine Art, Photography or Graphic Design

Graphic Communication: Standard pass (grade 4) or higher in GCSE Fine Art, Photography or Graphic Design


All work is finally assessed at the end of Year Two.

Component 1 - Personal Investigation

• 96 marks

• 60% of A Level

• NEA (non-exam assessment): portfolio of work, final outcome(s) and 1000-3000 word essay

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment (non-exam assessment followed by 15-hour external exam)

• 96 marks

• 40% of A Level

• Portfolio of preparatory work, and a final outcome generated in a 15-hour exam session in the summer

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

Graphic Communication:
advertising, art director, animator, graphic designer, illustrator, printmaker, production designer, theatre/television/film, exhibition designer, fine artist, interior and spatial designer, landscape architect, medical illustrator, multimedia specialist,

In addition, the creative and critical skills developed through the study of art and artists, the ability to manage one’s own time across lengthy projects, and the drive to work independently, are all skills valued in any area of higher education or employment

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September