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Graphic Design A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

The AS Level is a one year course that consists of two units. Students will be
introduced to a variety of graphics media including a wide variety of different
materials and techniques to create typography and images. These include drawing,
paint, print, stencils, calligraphy, photography and using digital software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
 
 
 
 
 

Course content

Students will look at areas of Graphic Design used in everyday society such as
advertising, packaging, typography, illustration, animation, logos and will respond to a brief or to a concept or idea. As in all areas of Art and Design, students will need to research and refer to historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres in their chosen area of Graphic Design.
 
In the second year, the project units will build on the skills, knowledge and
understanding developed at AS Level and will allow for a greater depth of study and experience with opportunity to develop more individual interests. Completing the second year will lead to a full Advanced Level qualification.
 
Hours of lessons per week: 5 Indicative group size: 20

Entry requirements

Students who have enjoyed Art & Design or Graphics at school will also enjoy
this course. You should have six GCSEs grade C or above to include Art & Design,
Graphic Design or another creative GCSE subject as well as English Language.

 

Assessment

The course is modular with two units examined in both the AS Level and the full A
Level, worth 60% for the portfolio unit and 40% for the controlled test set by the
examination board. Coursework is an integral part of the final assessment; this is
marked internally then externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Progression to A2 will support the development of a portfolio for entry onto
Foundation Studies in Art and Design or degree level study at university. This subject
can be combined with the other AS and A Levels in the department, or combined
with other academic qualifications to gain entry into university.

Further information

Contact Name: Sam Rouse Course Leader - Art
Email Name: srouse@jcc.ac.uk
 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: GRAS-DJA119
  • Web url: http://www.jcc.ac.uk

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      The Chamberlain Health & Fitness Centre comprises a gym with state-of-the-art cardiovascular, resistance and cable equipment. The Sports Hall is able to host a wide range of sports and we provide sporting activities that cater for students with all levels of abilities and sporting performance.
       
      The Recording Studio is a fantastic music facility which utilises the latest digital technology. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to create industry standard work.
       
      Music Practice Rooms are fantastic facilities for bands and ensembles to practice, as well as being an environment for solo practice.
       
      The Main Hall is a fully-equipped professional performance space capable of holding audiences in excess of 200. It has become the venue for a variety of exciting performances and events. 
       
      The Film Studio has high specification facilities for film studio for video and sound recording as well as a chromakeycurtain/green screen for superimposing video work onto any background.
       
      The Learning Resources Suite with both book and online resources, supervised support and guidance. Stock is selected to not only underpin the curriculum but to encourage leisure interests and reading for pleasure. The Learning Resources Suite provides not only the library but adjacent facilities for drop-in computer use and a separate group study area. In addition, a wide range of information about careers and higher education, in both electronic and paper form, is available.
       
      The Science Department contains eight state-of-the-art laboratories catering for all the science curricula delivered in the College.
       
      We have extensive network of, wired and wireless, computers have high speed internet connections giving you unlimited access to the World Wide Web. Creative departments such as Art, Design & Media are fully furnished with state of the art iMacs. Alongside these students will have access to MacBook’s for independent work. The iMacs and MacBook’s are equipped with professional software allowing high quality production of video, graphics and photography work. Art & Design facilities also include specialist pottery equipment and photographic dark rooms.
       
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      Success in your courses depends on many things, not least the research facilities available to you. Our high level resources, specifically designed to support the sixth form College curriculum, will give you the best chance of success.
      However, we realise that the vast amount of information available can make searching difficult so our teachers build the best internet resources into courses, giving you the most appropriate links for your particular syllabus. And of course, books. The library has thousands of copies available for loan with additional copies for reference.
       
      New building opening September 2015
      We are opening a new state of the art extension to the main College building in September 2015. This will comprise of high tech science laboratories, classrooms and communal break out spaces for students.