WHAT IS GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION?
Put simply, Graphic Communication is the art of communicating messages through the organisation of images and text. The course has a strong focus on developing a thorough understanding of design principles and encourages students to enhance their skills in observation, problem-solving, and knowledge of contextual studies whilst utilising their own personal attributes of creativity and imagination.
This is available as a two-year A-Level programme.
WHO SHOULD STUDY GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION?
This course is perfect for students looking for a way to express their thoughts and ideas creatively and might be the perfect solution for those lacking in traditional Fine Art skills. An ideal student might be someone who loves social media and wants to learn more about creating a brand and creating compelling pieces to promote it. They might love package design, web design, or motion graphics.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Students will have the opportunity to explore advertising, illustration, brand identity, packaging, motion graphics, editorial design, and more.
The first year of the course will be spent developing practical skills in the Adobe creative design suite and in more traditional methods such as print making.
In their second year, students submit a Personal Investigation with an accompanying Related Study essay and then create an Exam Portfolio from a choice of topics.
WHAT DO I NEED?
Students enrolling on this course will need 5 GCSEs grade 5 or above including Maths and English or equivalent international qualifications.
For international students who have taken IELTS, we require an overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 for the reading and writing components.
For international students who have taken IGCSE English (Second Language), we require grade 5 or above.
Although Art at GCSE or IGCSE would be helpful, many students join the course with no qualification in the subject but are able to present a portfolio of work for the College to assess. Students need to possess some practical skills, although specific techniques are developed throughout the course. The ability to draw is an advantage but not essential.
WHAT SHOULD I STUDY WITH GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION?
This course might work well combined with Photography or Art as it will teach students to take their pieces and develop them into real-world assets such as album covers, magazines, advertisements, web pages, motion graphics, and posters. Additionally, their skills with visual communications would match well with Film Studies. Students may also choose to pair this with A-Level Business, which will teach them the basics they need to pursue a career in a creative discipline.
The following subject combinations are available:
Graphic Communication, Photography, Business
Graphic Communication, Art & Design, Business
Graphic Communication, Art & Design, Film Studies
EAP (IELTS) can be taken alongside all of the above combinations.
Do I need my own equipment or software?
Students will need to bring their own laptop, which should be capable of running the Adobe suite. The software will be installed by the College when you start the course.