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Art and Design (Graphic Communication) A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

You will learn a combination of hand rendered and digital artistic skills. You will learn to design and develop computer generated outcomes on photo shop. You will engage in creating sophisticated ideas for physical, and/or conceptual design outcomes that are personal and original. You will be guided through the course, but you will have a great sense of independence when you shape and develop your visual portfolio. You will learn through the graphic design of others and you will test your own ideas in response to others in many forms using a variety of process, material, techniques and media.

Course content

Course content: 60% CWK 40% Exam.
Component 1: You will complete a Personal Investigation, incorporating three major elements:

• Supporting studies – developmental work; generating ideas for practical work and personal study work. (A2 flip file based folder)
• Practical work– development work and final outcomes (Flip file, mount board presentations and final pieces)
• Personal study

An essay, minimum 1000 words, submitted in an A3 folder with illustrations. The Personal Study is designed to develop your contextual understanding of art, artists, graphic designers and cultures, so your essay will have historical and contemporary references. Although you will design and personalise it, you will negotiate the essay title and the development of themes with your teachers.

Component 2 – (ESA) – weighting 40% of the total course marks - The A’ Level Exam is in two parts:
The exam prep period – this will run over 10 weeks from end of January 2019 to May 2020. This will be presented in an A2 size flip file.

Sustained Focus – In May 2020, at the end of the prep period you will sit a 15 hour sustained focus (ESA externally set controlled test).

You will present work outcomes in an A2 size folder and you will be expected to produce 14-16 or more sides of work by responding to starting points and themes taken from the exam paper delivered by EDEXCEL exam board.

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 grades 9-4, but no formal art qualifications, but it is recommended that you have a GCSE grade 5 or better in Fine Art or Graphic Communication. A keen interest in graphic design and creative thinking is essential.

If you wish to study two art options at A’Level, Graphic Communication can be taken only with Photography. It cannot be taken in combination with Fine Art). Three art A’ levels are no longer an option.


1 A-Level exam –The A’Level exam component weighting totals 40% of the marks for the course. The exam prep period will run from January 2020 to May 2020. Students will then sit a 15 hour sustained focus controlled test early in May 2020.

Future opportunities

There are over 100 career routes in the field of the visual arts. This is a fast growing industry and British art students and designers are world leaders. More than 50% of our total number of A-Level students want to progress to further or higher education in the
visual arts and 100% of this number are successful in accessing Foundation and degree courses throughout Britain. Many of our past students are studying fashion marketing, art and design, fine art, Fashion Photography, Photography, Architecture, Graphic design, motor vehicle design, Teaching, landscape and environmental architecture, design, industrial and product design courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Finham Park School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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