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Graphic Communication A Level at WQE

Course description

A-level Graphics is taught here as part of the Art and Design Syllabus rather than Technology.
We believe that the most important quality you need to develop is your creativity. The course covers a broad range of traditional techniques including drawing and visualising, painting and mixed media. The use of typography is integral to all projects, either hand rendered or computer generated. Professional graphics packages are used throughout the course, with a focus on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop on this course. There will be opportunities to develop animation and Web Design skills. The course is carefully structured to develop the skills you need and then gives you more freedom to develop your strengths and interests.
Students produce work ranges from mixed media illustration, even using 3D elements, to highly technical web sites. The meaning and message of the work and the way that it communicates distinguishes this subject from other specialisms in art and design.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements this course normally requires a student to have achieved grade 4 or above in a GCSE Art and Design course or grade C in GCSE Design and Technology.

Students who have not had the opportunity to study an art or a design course at GCSE can bring a portfolio of artwork to interview and at enrolment we will ask you to do a short drawing task.


The course has two components. Over the two years, students put together a portfolio which demonstrates that they can:
- Draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills learned in different parts of the course
- Select and present work which demonstrates their strengths across the areas of knowledge and the range of skills and shows their ability to sustain their own lines of enquiry
- Bring together and make connections between
the areas of knowledge, the work of artists and designers and apply this to the briefs set.
In Component 1, students develop work based on ideas, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists and designers and include written work of no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work. This component is 60% of the overall marks.
In Component 2, students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing personal and meaningful design. This is 40% of the overall marks.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years