GCSE Art and Design (Graphic Communication)

Qualification

GCSE Art and Design (Graphic Communication ) AQA

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Introduction:

Graphics is intended for those candidates who are interested in an Art & Design which relates to the appreciation of Graphic communication in advertising, illustration and in the promotion of ideas, information and new images.

The course will involve working to a design brief, identifying and exploring problems, planning courses of action, using appropriate equipment and materials, designing and working in a variety of media including computer graphics.

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Areas of study will include:

Students will be introduced to the following areas:

  • Advertising
  • Illustration
  • Computer aided design
  • Packaging
  • Typography

From this experience students can select one or more areas to develop as they produce the range of work needed to fulfil this subject’s GCSE requirements.

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Assessment:

Students are also required to complete a controlled test/examination, which is similar to a unit of work but produced in a limited time and concluded in 10 hours under exam conditions.

60% – Coursework

40% – Controlled Test

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Personal Attributes required:

  • Show a high level of commitment, both in college and on visits to external facilities and in completion of work out of school hours.
  • Provide themselves with basic equipment e.g. Sketchbook, glue stick, crayons etc.
  • To visit art galleries, libraries, museums and other places relevant to the course (either independently or through school trips)
  • Consider their own suitability for a course, which relies heavily on self-discipline in a practical area.

 

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Further Education / Future Careers:

Students completing the Art & Design (Graphics) course will gain the necessary skills to continue their artistic development at further or higher education level. The course offers a broad skills base including design, creative ICT applications Photoshop and use of mixed media which equips students to go on to Graphics courses as well as Design courses .

Careers in the creative industries are varied and students will discover opportunities as they continue their route through further education courses.

GCSE itself develops creativity and practical skills which are relevant and transferable to many areas of work or apprenticeships.

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Homework Expectations:

Students will be expected to complete a range of independent research tasks, personal preparation and gather material for use in their own work on a weekly basis.

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