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AQA A Level Art & Design (Graphic Communication) at The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus

Course description

Why study Graphic Communication?

When you judge a book by its cover, choose a product because you have seen the ad, instantly recognise a company by its logo, or go to an exhibition after seeing a poster, then you are responding to visual messages – this is what graphic communication is all about.

Book covers, magazine spreads, advertising, brand logos, product packaging, animation, websites, film and television all rely on graphic communication to express ideas and communicate powerful and persuasive messages or information visually, using a combination of image, typography and layout. Targeting the audience to whom the messages and ideas are directed helps designers choose the appropriate approach, style or medium in order to maximise their impact.

With the explosion of digital media and the growing demand for designers and illustrators in this sector as well as the wider commercial world, learning Graphic Communication is a key asset.

Course content

What is the course about?

The Graphic Design team believe people need the basic skills taught in the correct way to enable a successful two years at the college – “intro to digital” is the perfect starting point to underpin all Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator/ InDesign /After Effects programs, these are building blocks for the next two years.

Stage 1 – personal investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials. The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.

Stage 2 - Externally set assignment

Separate question papers will be provided for each title. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers in February of year two.

Preparatory period – from 1 February

Supervised time – 15 hours

Entry requirements

What is the course about?

The Graphic Design team believe people need the basic skills taught in the correct way to enable a successful two years at the college – “intro to digital” is the perfect starting point to underpin all Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator/ InDesign /After Effects programs, these are building blocks for the next two years.

Stage 1 – personal investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials. The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.

Stage 2 - Externally set assignment

Separate question papers will be provided for each title. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers in February of year two.

Preparatory period – from 1 February

Supervised time – 15 hours

Assessment

Component 1: Personal investigation

No time limit

96 marks

60% of A-level

Component 2: Externally set assignment

Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time

96 marks

40% of A-level

 

Financial information

Financial information

You can get financial support to help you with your chosen College courses if you’re aged 16-19 and fit certain criteria.

Vulnerable Student Bursary

This is a bursary worth up to £1200, depending on your circumstances and benefits. You must be:

  • Under 19 at the start of the academic year you want a bursary for
  • Studying at a School or College, or an unpaid training course

AND at least 1 of the following applies:

  • You’re in, or recently have left, Local Authority case
  • You get Income Support of Universal Credit in your name
  • You’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP in your name.

If you’re a parent, you will also need to be living away from your own parents to qualify. You will get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks.

 

All applications will be treated with complete confidence.

 

Discretionary Bursary Fund

The Creative and Media Studio School also has a Discretionary Bursary Fund. The criteria for this fund is set by us.

 

How can this help me?

This fund is for Students who are facing genuine financial barriers to participating in education. Its aim is to help with essentials and is not a cash payment, but a payment in kind for particular items needed. Typical ways this fund has been used by the Studio School includes

  • Bus passes to and from College, where the distance travelled justifies this
  • Specialist course equipment
  • Costs incurred for placements and business engagement opportunities
  • Transports and fees for course events/trips/university visits
  • Transports and fees for enrichment events offered, or arranged, by the Studio School which could benefit the student’s progression routes

As a Studio School we have a duty to ensure all funds are awarded fairly to students most in need, therefore, all applications cannot be guaranteed. We ask that all students are:

  • Are under 19 years at the start of the year the bursary is needed for
  • Have at least 90 % attendance
  • Are meeting expectations for good behaviour and progress
  • Are in receipt of Free School Meals

Students who received Free School Meals do not automatically receive them at Post 16. Applications to the Local Authority must be made by the parents. We urge parents to make an application for FSM if this was the case at High School OR if your family circumstances have changed recently. To apply for FSM, please contact Kirklees Local Authority on 01484 221928, stating that your child is on roll at the Creative and Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus and you would like to discuss FSM with the relevant department.

How to apply:

Application Forms to the Discretionary Bursary Fund can be collected from Angela Shufflebottom or the main NLC School Admin Office. Please fill in the form, ensuring you:

  • Meet the above eligibility criteria
  • Complete the application form answering all the questions in full – don’t forget to sign it
  • Attach the evidence as indicated on the application form (original evidence is required which will be photocopied and returned to you)

Ask your child to hand in the application form, with evidence, to Angela Shufflebottom at the Studio School main office.

 

Further information

Contact Studio School: tel 01484 382140, email: hello@studio-school.org.uk

Website: http://studio-school.org.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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01484382140
    • Email address:
    • hello@studio-school.org.net

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    • Welcome to The Creative and Media Studio School

      Studying at the Creative and Media Studio School is unlike studying at any other high school in the country. Our students are able to learn through a mix of recognised academic and vocational subjects in a unique environment, where businesses and students work side by side. Some will go on to achieve vocational qualifications and get a great job, some will find themselves going to university and some will have the skills to set up their own business.

      Studio Schools have been specially designed to make this happen; this is a school unlike any other in the country. We have businesses and pupils working side by side and our new purpose-built £4.5m building will be one of the best learning facilities in the country, let alone Kirklees.

      The Creative & Media Studio School will not be an easy option, and academic excellence will run throughout our curriculum offer. Year 10/11 students will still follow the national curriculum and will gain the same key qualifications as a traditional school.

      What makes us different is not what is offered but how it is delivered. We are taking learning out of a traditional classroom setting, and teaching the curriculum through real-life enterprise themed projects in the school and the surrounding community.

      The brand new state of the art purpose built facility has been designed with the purpose of linking vocational excellence, academic growth and business and enterprise development. As a condition of this the building will have an array of the latest innovations in technology and design, this will support the academic growth and business imaginations of the next generation.