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Graphics A level at The Rodillian Academy

Course description

Year 12:
When you want to communicate something, how would you go about it? Perhaps you could communicate your message verbally; you might tell individuals one at a time, perhaps use a loudspeaker to tell a group of people or even the radio to tell the whole community. However, if you were to place an ad in a newspaper, make a poster or a flyer, set up a webpage, hand out a business card or type a letter you would be using a form of visual communication. Another name for this method of communication is graphic design. The main purpose of the course is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of a graphic designer which is to inform, stimulate, identify, persuade and interact with the intended audience in the most effective and visually appealing way possible.

Graphic design is often associated with computers and computer-based images but graphic designers also work with illustrations, photography, textures, colours and letterforms; otherwise known as typography, to produce print-based design as well as web-based design. This course has been designed so that you will experience a wide range of graphic design techniques, including the use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator along with more traditional based methods such as printing. The course will also develop your creativity, imagination, analytical and experimental skills as you respond to a design brief in a personal way. If you are interested in any of these areas of graphic design, then this course will appeal to you.

Graphic design has a profound impact on our everyday lives. It’s hard to image how much graphic design surrounds and influences us, everything from the packaging on your cereal box to your bus timetable, it is the work of a graphic designer. The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of a graphic designer which is to inform, stimulate, identify, persuade and interact with the intended audience in the most effective and visually appealing way possible.

This is a course, which will allow students to become independent and self-motivated learners. The study of graphic designers is an essential aspect of the course, as well as links to artists, designers and culture in general. Students will be expected to become more and more independent in their studies, but will be guided at first by various themes. Students will be required to carry out detailed research and evaluate the work of graphic designers as well as their own work using specialist vocabulary. They will be asked to produce a range of final outcomes in response to independent research and development of their own ideas. Most work will be school based, but students are encouraged to keep an independent research journal that might include photographs, postcards, or magazine cuttings that they find inspirational. Afterschool sessions will be available, and pupils will be expected to complete independent study and research each week.

 

 

 


  • Portfolio unit: a skills based project focussing on packaging design
  • Set assignment
Year 13:
We begin the Year 13 course in the summer term of Year 12, following the completion of the Set Assignment. Pupils are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. Component 3 is a practical coursework unit which should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers or craftspeople, for example developing their own work based on graphics designers such as David Carson and Turner Duckworth. Component 3 also includes a written element in the form of a 1000 – 3000 word essay. The essay should be of an analytical and critical nature and support their own knowledge and understanding of their own personal study.

The final component, is the externally set assignment, where pupils will be working from set themes sent by the exam board. Pupils will select one of these themes to develop. Pupils will produce a final outcome for Component 2 during the 15 hour practical examination.
Component 1: Personal Investigation. 60%
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment. 40%

 

 

 

Course content

Year 12:
When you want to communicate something, how would you go about it? Perhaps you could communicate your message verbally; you might tell individuals one at a time, perhaps use a loudspeaker to tell a group of people or even the radio to tell the whole community. However, if you were to place an ad in a newspaper, make a poster or a flyer, set up a webpage, hand out a business card or type a letter you would be using a form of visual communication. Another name for this method of communication is graphic design. The main purpose of the course is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of a graphic designer which is to inform, stimulate, identify, persuade and interact with the intended audience in the most effective and visually appealing way possible.

Graphic design is often associated with computers and computer-based images but graphic designers also work with illustrations, photography, textures, colours and letterforms; otherwise known as typography, to produce print-based design as well as web-based design. This course has been designed so that you will experience a wide range of graphic design techniques, including the use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator along with more traditional based methods such as printing. The course will also develop your creativity, imagination, analytical and experimental skills as you respond to a design brief in a personal way. If you are interested in any of these areas of graphic design, then this course will appeal to you.

Graphic design has a profound impact on our everyday lives. It’s hard to image how much graphic design surrounds and influences us, everything from the packaging on your cereal box to your bus timetable, it is the work of a graphic designer. The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of a graphic designer which is to inform, stimulate, identify, persuade and interact with the intended audience in the most effective and visually appealing way possible.

This is a course, which will allow students to become independent and self-motivated learners. The study of graphic designers is an essential aspect of the course, as well as links to artists, designers and culture in general. Students will be expected to become more and more independent in their studies, but will be guided at first by various themes. Students will be required to carry out detailed research and evaluate the work of graphic designers as well as their own work using specialist vocabulary. They will be asked to produce a range of final outcomes in response to independent research and development of their own ideas. Most work will be school based, but students are encouraged to keep an independent research journal that might include photographs, postcards, or magazine cuttings that they find inspirational. Afterschool sessions will be available, and pupils will be expected to complete independent study and research each week.

 

 

 


  • Portfolio unit: a skills based project focussing on packaging design
  • Set assignment
Year 13:
We begin the Year 13 course in the summer term of Year 12, following the completion of the Set Assignment. Pupils are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. Component 3 is a practical coursework unit which should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers or craftspeople, for example developing their own work based on graphics designers such as David Carson and Turner Duckworth. Component 3 also includes a written element in the form of a 1000 – 3000 word essay. The essay should be of an analytical and critical nature and support their own knowledge and understanding of their own personal study.

The final component, is the externally set assignment, where pupils will be working from set themes sent by the exam board. Pupils will select one of these themes to develop. Pupils will produce a final outcome for Component 2 during the 15 hour practical examination.
Component 1: Personal Investigation. 60%
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment. 40%

 

 

 

Entry requirements

Year 12:
Students must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above from different subjects, including a creative subject for example; art, graphics and media studies, along with English and Maths. You should have an interest in graphic design and/or art.

Year 13:
Students must successfully complete all of the Year 12 units studied in order to continue with this course in Year 13.

Assessment

Year 12
Portfolio Unit
This is an enquiry and theme based unit where you will work in a wide range of materials and techniques. This is developed into well-considered personal pieces linked to the experimental work and themed starting points. Throughout the unit you will also critically analyse aspects of graphic design. Set Assignment
This unit is designed to give you the opportunity to explore 1 of 5 design briefs. Included in this unit of work is an unaided, supervised practical exam which is 10 hours in length during which you will be required produce a final design based on your chosen theme. You will then go on to continue your development or produce a personal final piece of work.

A level (Year 13)
Component 1 Personal Investigation (60%)
The personal investigation gives you the opportunity to explore an area of graphic design that inspires and interests you; this could be a development of work produced in Year 12. This is your chance to develop the most successful aspects of your own studies and show the extent to which you can use the language of the subject and your understanding of the formal elements of graphic design to develop and communicate your own ideas. Within the personal investigation you will produce a 1000 – 3000 word essay which links directly to your practical work in this unit.
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (40%)
The exam board sets this final component. You will select 1 design brief from 8 different starting points, with a supervised, unaided element at the end of the course which is15 hours in length. During this time you will be expected to produce a final outcome, the exam is practical based.
All components are marked internal and moderated by a visiting external examiner at the end of each year. Each component is marked out of 96 marks with 4 assessment objectives of equal weighting.

Future opportunities

Students of graphic design have a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. Graphics is recognised by universities and colleges for entry on to many degree courses such as theatre design, publishing, fashion or film, Photo media and television to name a few. You can also progress to careers in, for example advertising, typography and illustration.
 

How to apply

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Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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