Art Graphics and Visual Communications A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code AG_AQA
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

This is an exciting and challenging course which will guide students through a number of graphic design skills and techniques. Once students have gained confidence and have acquired a skills base, original, innovative and sophisticated work will develop and become more directed by the student.  Outcomes will be supported by development studies and contextualised by the work of other artists, graphic designers and design studios.  

Details

  
Throughout the course students will use a wide variety of graphic design-based skills and processes such as illustration, Photoshop, Photography, Typography, branding, advertising, digital media, and web design. Such a wide approach will help students to develop a sound knowledge of Contemporary Graphic Design.
 

How will it be delivered?

The A Level course will contain three units, the 3rd of which will be an examined unit.  

Unit 1 will be a teacher led unit whereby students will need to ensure they are refining their skills and investigating their ideas in interesting ways.  This unit will require a supporting study and a series of outcomes.   

Unit 2 is titled the Personal investigation unit.  This unit requires students to carry out a sustained investigation into a self written project brief.  The unit of work carries the most marks out of unit 1 and 2.  It needs to showcase the most developed and refined skills of each student within the discipline.  This unit is created from an entire developed project and final pieces. This unit requires and essay submission based on contextual studies of 1000 – 3000 words.  

 Unit 3 is an externally set examination unit.  Students will work on this totally independently.

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including Maths, English and Art (minimum Grade 5).  

 

Your next steps...

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as History of Art or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Art and Design, which could lead onto higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior Designer, Artist or fashion designer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as History of Art to prepare for higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as History of Art to prepare for higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.