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Graphic Communication A Level at Samuel Whitbread Academy

Course description

The GCE in Graphic Communication would suit students who have taken Art, DT Graphics GCSE or level 2 BTEC in Art and Design and wish to pursue a career in Graphic Design.

Graphic Communication conveys information and ideas through visual means. The critical element for a graphic designer is the effective communication of a message or idea through the organisation of images and words. The scope of graphic communication has been extended through the growth of design applications in the home and in public and through the development of the internet. Graphic designers need to understand user and audience needs and how these groups respond to various forms of visual communication; as well as how changes to working practices lead to new forms of communication and presentation.

Course content

A2 consists of two units:

Unit 1 incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work and a personal study , based on the student’s own choice of subject. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

Unit 2 is an externally set assignment that enables students to pursue and develop their own personal style.

Key Features

• Drawing and other materials processes

• Contextual understanding and professional practice

• Disciplines in Graphic Communication, these are sub-divided into the following disciplines: advertising, illustration and information design.

Entry requirements

• APS 3.8

• Grade 5 in GCSE Art, Graphic Communications or DT Graphics (C grade in Graphics)


• 60% coursework

• 40% exam

Future opportunities

The experience and insights gained from a creative course are much valued by universities, and a qualification at A Level in either Fine Art are recognised and accepted for entry to any degree course. If you wish to pursue a career in Art and Design, Graphic Design, Fashion, Textiles, Advertising, Interior Design, Theatrical Design, Architecture and Media, or envisage studying an Art related degree subject then it is essential that you study either A level Art, or Applied Art and Design.

The recommended route to further specialist Art courses on completion of A levels is by entry to a one year Foundation Course, usually at a local college. This enables students to experience a greater range of disciplines and build an appropriate portfolio in preparation for applying for an art related degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Whitbread Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 December 2017
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