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Graphic Communication A level at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

Graphics gives you the opportunity to learn and use a range of visual language skills using digital and hand-drawn techniques. You learn the elements of effective design by working to a series of set briefs and own personal projects. 

As the course progresses you develop a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of design, gaining confidence in the use of techniques before going on to explore your own identity and areas of interest. 

During the course you will visit galleries and exhibitions in London and further afield. Recent destinations have included Amsterdam and Berlin.

Course content

AS Graphic Communication

At AS you learn:

  • How to keep a work journal (sketchbook) and develop ideas
  • Typography, illustration and advertising
  • Core skills including studio and location photography, screen-printing and etching techniques
  • How to use software such as PhotoshopTM, IllustratorTM and InDesignTM

How to publish and present your work through interactive media such as web design and blogs 

A-Level Graphic Communication

In A-Level Graphic Communication you build upon the skills and knowledge gained from the AS course to:

  • Develop your personal visual language through independent study and tutorials
  • Research an aspect of Graphic Communication of your choice; for example last year a student researched the designer Neville Brody
  • Develop a portfolio of work for display in the Paston Art Show - your end of year exhibition - and for use in interviews at University or Art School

Entry requirements

BBCCC at GCSE including Art or Graphic Communication, English Language and either Mathematics or a science.

There are access arrangements for students who have not studied Art or Graphics at GCSE.


AS Level

Component 1: 50% of total AS qualification. Supporting studies and practical work. 
Component 2: 50% of total AS qualification. Preparatory studies and the 10 hour period of sustained focus (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions).

This will lead to an AS qualification.

A2 Level
Component 1. Personal Investigation. 60% of total qualification. This incorporates 3 elements; supporting studies, practical work and a personal study (1,000 word essay.)
Component 2. Externally Set Assignment. 40% of total qualification. This incorporates 2 elements; preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions).

Future opportunities

Graphics can be studied alongside all or either of the other art based A-level subjects.

Students go on to a wide range of Universities and Art Schools nationally to continue their studies. We have a special relationship, "Progression Accord" with the Norwich University College of the Arts, which also enables students to do so more locally.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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