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Art and Design (Graphic Communication) AS/ (AQA) at Leeds East Academy

Course description

The Graphic Comminication course is aimed at students who have an interest in Art but in particular Graphics.

Students following this course will explore the areas of illustration, advertising, packaging design and computer graphics. You will be expected to explore ideas for your project work by using a variety of methods and media such as painting, pencil drawings, markers as well as computer work.

In Year 12 students following the AS course will produce two projects or units of work. One project will be set by the school and the second project will be externally set by the examination board.

Students who proceed to A2 in year 13 again will complete two units of work. One project will be a personal investigation which must include a written element. The second project will be externally set.



Course content

  • Candidates will be taught skills in illustration, advertising, packaging design and computer graphics
  • The ability to work and respond to a set design brief
  • Understand how to work with a variety of media and materials that are appropriate for their graphic projects i.e. paint, markers and computer work
  • Understand the meaning of function, style, scale, colour in relation to their chosen areas of graphic communication
  • Produce artefacts i.e. packaging, shop fronts, posters, point of sale displays, menus etc that can be used to advertise corporate images for companies


Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be expected to have obtained at least a Grade C at GCSE in Art and Design, Graphics, Three Dimensional Design or a pass in BTEC level 2 Art & Design or Fashion & Clothing.



Unit 1
Coursework - Practical Project
50% of AS Level
25% of total A2 Level
Unit 2
Externally set assignment - Practical Projects
50% of AS Level
25% of total A2 Level


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Future opportunities

The AS level and the full A Level courses are a fantastic springboard to further and higher education. Students who have studied Graphics in the past have gone onto Art Foundation courses and Degree courses in Art and or Graphics, interior designing and teaching.
In addition a career in the arts is both diverse and profitable. The arts are the second largest contributor to the UK economy.


Further information

For further information contact Mrs M Waite

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Leeds East Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Week - 52 Weeks