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Art and Design (Graphic Communication) at Highcliffe School

Course description

The specification develops students' artistic and practical abilities through knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing graphic outcomes. Graphic Communication encompasses a wide range of design disciplines including art, photography, typography and new media such as the Adobe suite, including Photoshop and Illustrator as well as animaton and CAD/Web design.

Course content

AS Level- Component 1 portfolio of work covering a wide range of wet, dry and printing media processes as well as ICT based processes and techniques. Component 2 - externally set practical assignment including a development period and 10 hours supervised time (Exam).

A Level - Component 1 portfolio of work including a personal investigation. Component 2 - externally set practical assignment including a development period


AS Level 60% of marks - development of individual and graphic skills investigating and working through a number of short project briefs. Each short project will revolve around a particular set of Art and Design skills.

A Level 60% of marks - as year 12 above but extended to include their own personal investigation, often in conjunction with a client. They will work closely with their client to deliver appropriate yet marketable outcomes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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