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Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication - A Level

Special Entry Requirements:

In addition to the A Level entry requirement you need a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Course Introduction:

This exciting and stimulating AS and A level Graphics course aims to develop students’ ability to communicate, provoke thought and elicit reaction from an audience. The meaning and message of the work and the way that it communicates, distinguishes this subject from other specialisms in art and design. The atmosphere in the studios is alive with a diversity of ideas and methods of work. Many students gravitate towards the studios in their own time to continue their work in a supportive, highly creative and very happy environment.

Graphic Communication A Level Transition Pack – We have created a transition pack on our website to show you the kind of work that you will be doing at level 3 and to help you prepare for September.

Course Modules:

First Year

Unit 1 – Coursework

For this unit students will provide a portfolio of work demonstrating a range of technical skills and techniques in a variety of media. Students will initially be encouraged to explore media/techniques such as inks, collage, observational and expressive drawing, mark making, printing, and digital manipulation in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Initial practical explorations will lead on to more focused work where students will work on personally generated themes and topics. Students will also practically explore the work of other designers, to use as inspiration for their own work as well as developing critical thinking skills. Written work is also an integral part of the course.

Unit 2 – Externally-Set Assignment

Students will practically respond to a broad starting point. Work completed will build on the individual strengths of the student, with more focused, practical skills and knowledge being extended from their previous portfolio work.

Second Year

Unit 3 – Coursework

This is a unit with an extended written element in which students are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme. The work should be linked to the work of other Graphic Designers/Illustrators and students generate their own work from a detailed, in depth study of a selected range of designers. This is linked to a 1000-3000 word written response to the work and ideas of the designers that the student has used for inspiration. The topic or theme for this unit is of personal choice and is based on strengths and interests experienced at AS level.

Unit 4 – Externally Set Assignment

Students will practically respond to a broad starting point to develop a range of work which concludes to an in depth final piece.


All first year and second year units are marked separately to give you an ‘overall’ grade based on four assessment objectives. Work journals are marked alongside practical work.

Career Opportunities:

Most students who wish to study an Art and Design related degree complete the post 18 Foundation Diploma at Scarborough Sixth Form College, this enables students to create the strongest portfolio possible to take to interview.

Previously, our students have gone on to a hugely varied number of degree courses such as medicine, architecture, engineering and criminology. The academic and transferable skills that are gained on our courses enable students to excel and bring another dimension to their studies that both universities and employers appreciate.

Many of our students also go on to Art based subjects in a variety of areas such as Film, Animation, Graphics, Industrial Design, Fashion and Textiles as well as Photography and Fine Art.

Previously our students have gone on to a range of Universities such as UCL, Cambridge University, Manchester University, Leeds University, Oxford University, Liverpool University, Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh School of Art, Central St. Martins, Newcastle University, Bristol University, Durham University and London College of Fashion.

Throughout the year we incorporate live briefs working with local employers. This has led to apprenticeships and valuable work experience within the creative industries.