Graphic Communication is the art of working with text and images to communicate ideas using a wide variety of techniques; design for print, typography or branding for example. These are chosen to meet a specific brief, which could be for advertising, packaging, books or posters, to name but a few.
This graphics course gives pupils the opportunity to learn a wide variety of graphic techniques and processes, and to develop design solutions to a professional standard. Pupils will complete the course with a broad knowledge and understanding of graphics and the practical skills to apply their ideas.
AQA GCSE Graphic Communication (Code 8203)
The first year serves as a foundation, building up skills so that students can complete a major coursework project and examination in year 11.
Year 10 Foundation:
Students are required to do homework every week. This will predominantly be finishing off work started in class time, which may include research, observational drawing, planning design development, ideas or documentation.
The work is marked and standardised within the department and then externally moderated by an examiner. The final grade is 60% coursework and 40% examination. Pupils will get regular feedback and targets to improve their work as we go through the course.
This course is excellent for anyone who is interested in working in the design industry, particularly graphics and illustration. It is also an ideal preparation for anyone interested in taking Graphic Communication at A Level, especially at CVC.
An interest in the designed world is essential, as pupils will need to gain an understanding of the influence of graphic communication, both in a practical sense and in terms of aesthetics. As the course progresses and pupils gain confidence, they will have the opportunity to explore their ideas more freely, which will require more independence.
The Design and Technology department offer additional after-school support sessions to ensure that pupils can access the software needed to complete work, but this is also available in the library.