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Graphic Communication AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

Graphic Communication generally equips students with opportunities to develop personal response to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical and contextual forms.
Graphic Communication, being one of several subjects that form Art and Design studies, provides students with the opportunities to exhibit and present their creative knowledge and skills with commercial outcomes. Opportunities exist for students to study, explore, experiment and respond to themes using both traditional and digital tools and media. Apart from their practical design skills, students are also expected to demonstrate their analytical and critical skills and present their findings in written as well as visual form.
To succeed in this course you must be very creative, able to explore and manipulate a wide variety of materials and media, and also have a high level of self motivation. A significant level of literacy and analytical skills is also required
in order to cope with the demands of self expression and critical analysis that are an integral part of this course.
 

 

Course content

For the AS course, candidates should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, communication graphics, computer graphics, multimedia, animation, web design, film, television and/or video.

Entry requirements

We would recommend that you will have gained a C Grade in a GCSE Arts subject and that your written communication is of a standard to meet the requirements of the course. This consists largely of annotation and critical analysis at AS but extends to a 1000 minimum word written coursework component at A2.

Assessment

There are four Assessment Objectives which are similar to those used to assess GCSE. All work is marked by the College and moderated by EDEXCEL.
The course consists of two components;
AS Component 1 Coursework - contributes 50% of the AS grade. This body of work is completed before the end of January deadline and is assessed out of a total of 72 marks.
AS Component 2 Externally Set Assignment - contributes 50% of the AS grade. You will spend time working on a theme selected from a paper set by the exam board, including a supervised 10 hour component. This work is assessed
out of a total of 72 marks. The AS course is now a standalone course, it can lead onto A2, but none of the marks will count towards your final A2 grade.
A2 Component 1: Personal Investigation - contributes 60% of the A2 grade. This body of work is completed before the end of January deadline. It consists of practical work as a response to a starting point as well as a linked minimum
1000 word personal study. It is assessed out of 90 marks.
A2 Component 2 Externally Set Assignment- contributes 40% of the A2 grade. You will spend time working on a theme selected from a paper set by the exam board, including a supervised 15 hour component. This work is assessed out of a total of 72 marks.

Future opportunities

Students can proceed to study A2 Graphic Communication. During the course you will build up a practical portfolio of work which can be used to support applications for work or for Higher Education programmes. There are a wide range of University courses available in Art and Design including specialist courses in Graphic Design, Animation, Web Design, Illustration, and Digital Game Design which directly prepare students for careers in the creative industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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