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Art & Design (Graphic Communication) AS & A Level at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School

Course description

For the first time this year students will start a generic combined Fine Art and graphic Communication course for the first project in the first year. During this time candidates will explore the disciplines of both Fine art and Graphics. Exploring techniques, practices, materials and critical studies of related artists and designers.

Only after assessing where their interests and skills lye will students then make an informed decision about which A level they will then follow. All work completed will count for their chosen discipline and subsequent projects will then be completed following these specifications. Students will untimely be awarded an A level in either Fine Art of graphic communication. This new course structure will enable candidates to maximise their potential and follow a very personalised creative pathway

Graphic Communication

Graphic communication is an exciting, dynamic, continually evolving field. This course offers you the opportunity to develop your creative potential as a graphic designer or illustrator through a wide area of study. Advertising, marketing, product design, model making, film, TV and theatre design, animation, website design, special effects, digital photography, architecture, publishing, the media and teaching are all careers followed after studying Graphic Communication. With knowledge of a foreign language, it is possible to work abroad. Also, the study of art and design can help develop transferable skills, such as working with groups and problem solving which are of importance in any career or job.

This course is a suitable foundation for students interested in progressing onto an applied art degree, the art and design foundation diploma (Pre BA) level 3, an HNC or HND in graphic design.

Course content

  • Graphic communication is an Art course covering 'advertising and editorial graphics and illustration'.
  • Graphic communication begins with an induction course which teaches core observational drawing techniques.
  • You will learn to draw and paint in a wide range of media including acrylics, oils and gouache; you will experiment with mixed media and work in a variety of craft disciplines. You will gain skills in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. You will be taught and trained in the use of design and multimedia software and acquire the technical skills to be proficient in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. You will be introduced to a range of graphic subjects such as illustration, letter forms and packaging design.
  • Your skills will develop to high standards through regular practice, including weekly homework.
  • Projects are based on design briefs, involving research from direct observation, including the human figure, which often follows visits to galleries and museums.
  • Teaching includes group work and individual demonstrations of craft techniques. Graphic design students are also taught special lettering, typography, layout and illustration.
  • You will develop analytical, experimental and documenting skills, a specialist vocabulary and knowledge and understanding of the place of art and design in history and contemporary society.

Entry requirements

GCSE grades A*-C in a minimum of 5 subjects (to include English and Mathematics). GCSE C grade nin Art and Design. 


AS Level

  • Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry
    Non-exam Assessment - 40%

A Level

  • Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry
    Non-exam Assessment - 40%
  • Unit 2: Personal Investigation
    Non-exam Assessment - 36%
  • Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment
    Non-exam Assessment - 24% 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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