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Graphic Communication AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

The College runs two separate Graphics courses, DT Graphics and Graphic Communication.

Graphic Communication encourages more free expression and focuses on lettering and the relationship between typography and image leading to a broad range of Graphic Design outcomes.

D&T Graphics allows students to explore more formal drawing and presentation techniques and has an integral 3D element involving model making and use of workshop machinery. 

Both courses can be taken together by dedicated students.  Although there are some overlaps, it is an option for students who wish to specialise in Graphic Design at a higher level.

Course content

Over the course of the first year students will develop the study skills required of an Advanced Level student of Graphic Communication

Students will be taken on a journey of exploration and skills development with regular assessments via group crits, 1-1 reviews and assessment of your research.

The year culminates in a mock exam (whereby you will be provided with a brief and expected to prepare for a ten hour exam) providing students with excellent practice ahead of their second year.

In the second year, students will hone in on particular areas of strength and interest and this will largely dictate their personal investigation (a significant piece of work that will be worked on from September-January).

In February, the assessment focus moves to the exam paper and students are provided with a period of time to approach and prepare for the exam brief, culminating in a fifteen hour exam at the end of the year. 

  • Unit One: Personal Investigation
    60% of full A Level
  • Unit Two: Controlled Assignment
    40% of full A Level

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Art is desirable.
  • You will be asked to do a small assignment before starting the course. This must be completed before enrolment. Plenty of advice will be given and no specialist equipment is necessary.

Financial information

The cost of all trips will be the responsibility of the student.  A studio kit fee is required for all art courses. Students are expected to have funds to cover additional equipment and printing costs as directed by their individual project requirements Financial assistance is available if required.

Future opportunities

The full Advanced Level [A2] in Art Graphic Communication provides a sound basis for students who wish to proceed to Higher Education as well as being a useful background to career within the Art field.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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