Graphic Communication A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)
Graphic Communication is about communicating with the world in a visual manner incorporating advertising, illustration, branding and information. You will learn about the importance of the client and the audience but, also, the conceptual ideas that designers use to communicate messages.
Although the majority of the assessed work is practical, there is a separately assessed written essay. This encourages student to explore the work of other artists who inspire them, and look at their work in a wider context.
Drawing and other materials processes
Drawing in the context of Graphic Communication forms an essential part of the development process from initial idea to finished product, from rough sketches to setting out designs. You will use a variety of tools and materials to explore graphic communication and to learn to understand the important role of signs and symbols. You will become aware of and be able to judge when it is appropriate to use traditional or computer-based methods within graphic communication processes, for example in developing layouts and mock-ups of potential design solutions, and developing ideas for final designs and presentation. You will work with traditional and digital graphic communication materials.
Contextual understanding and professional practice
An important aspect of the course is to consider the work of artists and designers and use this to inform the progression of your own personal creativity.
Research will be conducted from a wide range of sources; for example, from historical works in museums, contemporary art shows and fairs, an exhibition at a local gallery, or from films, architecture, music, literature and nature.
You will become familiar with contemporary and emerging concepts and learn how to analyse and critically evaluate graphic design work, demonstrating an understanding of client needs, audience and product.
It is important to note that Graphic Communication at TRC is a pathway that belongs to the Art and Design A Level syllabus and, therefore, is creative and art based, not media/ design technology based.
The course consists of two components.
Component one (60%) is coursework and will start in September and continue through for approximately 4 terms.
Component one allows for you to develop your technical and analytical art skills through the use of skills based workshops and the development of a journal exploring a set theme. This component also includes a separate written study based on contextual research. This will be completed alongside your practical work over the four term duration of the first component.
Component two (40%) is the exam unit which sets a theme to be explored with a timed test at the end in which you produce your final outcome under exam conditions.
Day trips: contribution towards petrol, approx. £1 per trip.
Sketchbooks: Students will need to buy their own sketchbooks, however we have high quality monogrammed sketchbooks available to purchase at cost price from us. We recommend buying these from the department to ensure that they are of a good enough quality. These range from £5.50 - £7.00
Starter portfolio pack including basic materials – £10.00 (subject to materials/availability).
Printer Credits – Graphics is a visual subject and will rely heavily on good quality print outs. Students are given a certain amount of 'printer credits', however, they may need to top this up.
The department provides many consumables such as paint, printing ink, glue, fabrics etc. However, you will need to purchase your own paint brushes, pencils, pens, canvases and paper. We buy these in bulk and sell them on at cost in order to keep prices as low as possible. To help with the cost we offer a levy system where students can pay an amount to the department and have the cost of materials deducted as they go.
Most of our students progress onto a broad range of Art Degrees at University. These range from Graphic Design to Architecture, as well as Games Design, Film Production, Web Design and Interior Design.
Animator, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Advertising and Marketing, Events Promotion.
For more information about this course, visit the Art Department at one of our Open Evenings.
How to apply
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