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Graphic Communication at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

This course offers students the chance to extend their skills and to learn more about graphic designers, along with improving and developing new techniques. Students are encouraged to remain open-minded about Graphic Communication – it can take almost any form – and to take ownership of their projects and be confident in taking creative risks.

Students are encouraged to solve graphical problems with flair, imagination and personal initiative.

During the course they will explore aspects of graphic communication such as advertising, typography, layout and illustration and be presented with a variety of live briefs. They will also have an opportunity to utilise CAD programs and operate CAM equipment.

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to study graphics at university or pursue acareer in the graphic design industry.

Course content

Unit 1 - Coursework portfolio: 

We will encourage you to improve your technical ability by exploring graphic design processes and adopting an experimental approach to meeting design briefs.

  • You will follow an introductory series of short projects, which will introduce you to CAD/CAM, Drawing for Design, print processes including screen print and relief print, collage, Photoshop and photography.
  • You will learn about screen-based design and will explore a variety of visual mediums, materials and techniques.
  • At this stage you will also develop your drawing techniques and CAD skills. 

Unit 2 - Examination assignment:

  • You will have the opportunity to select a design brief from a range provided by the exam board. 
  • Using your knowledge of communication methods and the technical skills gained through the completion of Unit 1 you are encouraged to develop and record your ideas in response to your chosen brief and produce a final outcome. 
  • Ten unaided hours of design work must be completed under examination conditions after several weeks of preparatory work.

Unit 3 - Personal investigation:  

  • This is an exciting opportunity for you to explore an idea, theme or topic that you can investigate through graphic communication.
  • You will independently plan, explore, review and refine your designs to produce a personal and meaningful outcome of your choice.

Unit 4 - Examination assignment:  

  • You will have the opportunity to select a design brief from a range provided by the exam board.
  • This unit gives you the chance to demonstrate your strengths and produce high quality design outcomes that fully utilise your chosen media, materials and techniques.
  • Fifteen unaided hours of design work must be completed under examination conditions. 

Entry requirements

  • Graphics – B or Art - B
  • English Language – C

Assessment

  • Unit 1: 60% of the AS marks
  • Unit 2: 40% of the AS marks; ten unaided hours of design work must be completed under examination conditions after several weeks of preparatory work.
  • Unit 3: 60% of the A Level marks
  • Unit 4: 40% of the A Level marks; fifteen unaided hours of design work must be completed under examination conditions.

 

Future opportunities

Students often choose to complete a one year Art and Design Foundation course before continuing to employment or university to study subjects such as Graphic Design, Graphic Arts, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Illustration, Photography, Web Design, Animation and Architecture.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2016

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