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Graphic Communication at St Birinus School

Course description


  • Unit 1 Themed study/personal portfolio.
  • Unit 2 Externally set assignment.


  • Unit 3 Personal study and practical work.
  • Unit 4 Externally set assignment.

    This course has been described as the 'thinking man's art' as it offers a huge range of different approaches to the creative process and includes keeping an eye on the 'commercial viability' of projects. Students learn and apply essential skills and processes which will prepare them for higher education courses or employment in areas related to this field. Students begin the course with a common stimulus - usually a visit.

    They will compile a portfolio of personal artwork developed through 1:1 consultations and dialogue with the teacher leading the course. Students are encouraged to work to their strengths and interests and develop ideas towards graphic outcomes which may include: advertising, illustration, photography, packaging, campaign design and interactive media and video.

    The portfolio may include traditional processes such as drawing, printing and photography as well as digital art and design techniques. Life drawing sessions are offered to all students.

  • Entry requirements

    If you achieve at least 5 C grades or above or the equivalent youcould consider Advanced Level courses.

    However, for the majority of Level 3 subjects B grades at GCSEare required. Specific grade requrements for subjects are available from staff and will be discussed at interview .

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 09 June 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years