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Art and Design (Graphics) A Level at Brookfield Community School

Course description

The course is for students who have a flair or passion for Graphic Design, Illustration or Animation and would like to continue to develop their skills and knowledge as they move into A level study. We expect our students to be committed, motivated and hardworking as this is a challenging and demanding course. Students will need to be well organised and meet regular deadlines. Graphics offers a stimulating and varied course of study both for students wishing to continue with Art or Design as a career, as well as those, whether Arts or Science based, who wish to use Graphics as an additional subject for University entry.

Course content

The main emphasis of the course is on the development and progression of a personal portfolio of work in response to various design briefs. This is achieved through the initial development of illustration skills, use of typography, computer-aided design, printmaking skills and the gradual development of more individual ways of working.

Graphic Design is a highly commercial art-form and therefore you are helped and encouraged to keep up-to-date with current trends in the associated Graphic industries such as graphic design, illustration, publishing, web design, branding, advertising identity and moving image/animation. The study of other artists and designers’ work, both traditional and contemporary, plays an important role in the development of coursework and encourages you to broaden your subject knowledge and understanding. Specialist staff provide regular constructive feedback and as the course develops you will gain an increasingly confident and independent approach to your studies. You are expected to develop skills in working independently both in and out of timetabled sessions. This course will allow you to develop the ability to communicate ideas visually; a skill which is transferable to many careers.

Entry requirements

A minimum of grade C in Graphics or Art at GCSE.


AS Portfolio–60%: Two short projects, workshops, critical studies, gallery visits from Sept – Jan

Examination Portfolio– 40%: Externally set unaided assignment from Feb

A2 Portfolio–60%: Personal unit which includes one extended project and a 3000 word critical study June-Jan

Examination Portfolio– 40% - Externally set unaided assignment from Feb

Future opportunities

Graphics is an exciting, rapidly evolving area of visual communication. It is a highly commercial area so it can lead to a wide variety of careers such as: illustration in all forms from Magazine and Books to Packaging and Advertising, Branding and Company Identity, Graphic Design, Typography, Publishing, Teaching and Lecturing, Web Design, Games Graphics, Product Design, Design for film, TV and theatre, Printmaking and Animation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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