The Graphic Communication course at Cadbury College allows you to explore digital imaging, typography, illustration and photography as well as industry standard printing techniques and processes. There is also a small focus on drawing and painting from observation using traditional techniques. Students will also develop visual research skills and explore the design idea process.
The emphasis is on building your creativity and conceptual thinking skills using a wide range of materials, techniques and processes.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths and English, with at least two at grade 6. An associated Art & Design subject at grade 5 or BTEC Merit.
Graphics A-Level enables progression on to a number of degree courses at university within the field including Web Design, Interior Design, Visual Communications and Photography. It also leads to a number of careers including Animator, Web Designer, Games Designer, Typographer, Packaging Designer, Furniture Design, Editorial Design, Exhibition Design, Illustrator and Advertising.
Students have the opportunities to work on live projects such as editing photographs for the college website. They also have the chance to visit a few art galleries and exhibitions throughout the year.
Component 1 - Coursework:
1. An in-depth critical, practical & theoretical investigative project and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.
2. An extended written essay of 1000 words, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work.
Component 2 - Examination:
This externally set assignment component incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the practical 15-hour exam. The externally set assignment consists of a series of visual and written stimuli which is selected by the learner and used as a starting point to which students should respond in a very personal way. The practical exam consists of a 15-hour period of sustained focus work where students will create final pieces as a development of their preparatory work.