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Art and Design (Graphic Communication) A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

Art Graphics students need to be well motivated and capable of working independently to a given brief. Taking the initiative and developing a personal response is central to the course. This can be achieved through the use of a wide range of media including Illustration, Photoshop, Animation, Photography and a range of available software.

Students will learn about key features in interpreting a Design brief, communicating a visual message succinctly and refining imagery to its final outcome. Access to an A0 printer, allows for the production of professional quality posters, banners and other imagery.

The department has connections with commercial Graphic Designers who provide inspirational advice and support. This allows students to understand how to interpret a given brief presented by the client as well as working under the pressure of deadlines.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Component 1: Portfolio
No Time limit
96 marks, 60% of AS
The emphasis of this component will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Students should produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out during the AS course. Each student will include in their portfolio a selection of work which will demonstrate their ability to sustain work from an original starting point. It will include critical and contextual work, sketchbook work and the development of outcomes in a variety of forms.

Component 2: Externally set assignment
Preparatory period + 10 hours of supervised time
96 marks, 40% of AS
An externally set question paper will provide students with a choice of 5 starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be supplied with the question paper on 1 February or as soon as possible after that date. Following receipt of the paper students will develop their preparatory work in any suitable format. Following this period students will complete 10 hours of unaided supervised time to produce outcomes.

A LEVEL

Component 1: Personal Investigation
No time limit
96 marks, 60% of A-level

Students will undertake a practical investigation into an idea, theme, issue or concept. This practical work will be supported by written material. The focus of the investigation will be identified independently by the student and will lead to a finished outcome (a final piece of work). The investigation will demonstrate the ability of the student to develop a cohesive line of argument whilst evidencing their practical skill. A wide range of techniques will be explored using an appropriate range of materials.

Component 2: Externally set assignment
Preparatory period +15 hours of supervised time
96 marks, 40% of A-leve
Students will be provided with an externally set question paper. The question paper consists of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to choose one of these questions as the focus for their investigations. The question papers will be provided on 1 February or as soon as possible after this date. Following the preparatory period students will undertake 15 hours of unaided supervised time in which they will develop an outcome or a series of outcomes.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B or above in either Fine Art or Art Graphics is preferred. It is possible to take Art Graphics without having followed a GCSE Art course. Please contact Ms Maughan at St Aidan’s or Mr Smith at St John Fisher. Proof of your potential (i.e. artwork) will be required.

Future opportunities

Our students go on to follow a wide range of degree courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Architecture, Animation, Fashion Design, Three Dimensional Design, Galleries and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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