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Art (Graphic Communication ) at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Course description

The Graphic Communication course develops personal responses within the communication of information and ideas using graphic media. Students apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at GCSE level Art and Design to develop projects that explore graphic specific techniques in the answering of design briefs. The visual communication of ideas and meaning to different audiences underlies the experimentation and the development of work. This is put into context through the exploration of the work of designers and artists. Gallery visits are an essential part of this process and the knowledge gained enhances practical and critical components of student work. Students produce work in one or more areas, including advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding and design for film and television.

Undertaking the Graphic Communication course enables students to develop independent thinking, critical and research skills to develop innovative resolutions to investigations and to engage with current events and issues. For students who are considering entry to Art courses at Art College or university the course also enables the collation of a portfolio of work.

Before commencing component one, students will undertake a series of techniques workshops and idea development lessons which will provide a strong foundation of technical knowledge and understanding. This work will feed into students portfolios, in addition to informing ideas which can develop into their personal investigation.

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Course Details

Component One

This is a personal investigation comprising practical coursework supported by written work of between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Students are required to conduct an investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme. The focus of the investigation is independently selected by the student and leads to a series of related finished outcomes. The component accounts for 60% of the grade awarded.

Component Two

This is an assignment that is set by the examination board. Students choose one theme from a series of options on a question paper and prepare for a final outcome undertaken in 15 hours of supervised time. The component accounts for 40% of the grade awarded.

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.  In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted. 

Subject specific GCSE requirements:  Grade 6 (or B) or above in GCSE Art. For students who do not have a GCSE in Art and Design, assessment of a portfolio of work will be necessary to study A Level Graphic Communication.  Examination Board: AQA


Further information

From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:

Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme

Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)

Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.

All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years