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Graphics AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Graphic design is the discipline of visual communication; the design practice will provide techniques in both technical applications through to analytical interpretation.

Graphic design contributes to our social, cultural and economic well-being and, as such, is a constantly changing and dynamic subject to study.

If you enjoy art & design and feel that you would like to extend your interest in graphic communication then this could be the right course for you.

We are proud of the ways that our students invent and make art. The work comes about because of the energy, enthusiasm and passion of the practising tutors and students themselves.

Not only will you enhance and develop your creative, visual, interpretive and technical skills, you will also develop other important skills such as communication and time management.

Course content

This course will enable you to experiment with, develop and use a full range of media from computer graphics to traditional practise through varied design processes.

The first year concentrates on investigation of ideas, materials and problem solving.

The second year aims to develop personal investigations in a creative and imaginative way. Throughout the two years various we make visits to Southampton University, galleries and talks are also arranged in house.

AS Level:

Component 1:

Coursework unit 60% September to January
You will complete a 18 week project based on a range of problem solving creative tasks: combining elements of illustration, traditional print, typography and computer graphics using the Adobe suite

Component 2:

Controlled Assignment 40% February to May
This is a practical exam set by the exam board. The time allowance for the exam is ten hours set during the experimentation to development stages of the unit.

A LEVEL:

Year 1 Component:

Experimentation & Problem Solving 50%

You will complete a 18 week project based on a range of problem solving creative tasks: combining elements of illustration, traditional print, typography and computer graphics using the Adobe suite

Students to explore different materials, techniques and processes and experiment in focused tasks or small projects

Year 2 Component:

Personal Investigation 40% September to January.

This is a practical project in which you decide to explore a design related subject of choice. You will produce a workbook, write an informed written assignment and complete a final piece of work.

 

Entry requirements

 

Five GCSE’s grade C or above. Grade C in art and design, Graphics or another art based subject.

 

Assessment

Assessment is by course work and an externally set exam

  • AS: 10 hrs
  • A LEVEL EXAM: Component 1 = 10 hours
  • A LEVEL EXAM: Component 2 = 15 hours
  • A LEVEL: no exam

NOTE: This course focuses on the specialist aspects of graphic design which is usually in the form of a 2D representation.

Financial information

Students pay a studio fee of £30 per year to cover the cost of some materials used in the studio. The course provides basic materials to introduce processes and techniques.

Future opportunities

The opportunities after this course include an excellent choice in the world of Graphic Design, Advertising, Animation, Architecture, Computer Gaming, Editorial, Illustration, Interior Design, Special Effects for TV & Film amongst other related subjects within the specialisms of art & design.

There are many excellent university courses that provide further development towards your desired career pathway.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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