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Art & Design: Graphic Communication

Taking inspiration from the work of artists, designers, art movements and genres, you’ll understand the development of graphics in historical and contemporary contexts. You will work with your own images as a medium, combining text and image as appropriate. You will work in one or more areas of Graphic Communication, which can include advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding and design for film and television, as well as other forms.

You will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following: understanding of meaning, function, style, scale, colour and content in relation to a chosen area of Graphic communication, an awareness of intended audience or purpose, an ability to respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need, an appreciation of the appropriate use of typography. 

Students work in all areas of the Art School, which has two large multi-purpose art rooms, along with an oil painting/3D studio with easels. A computer suite with key design software is available for you to create, research and present your work and ideas.

We boast a well-resourced Fine Art and Textiles library, as well as key Photography and Graphic Design texts. We have a dark room and photographic studio with backdrops and lighting available, and A level artists are expected to make use of the Art School beyond their timetabled lessons.

This subject is for you:
If you enjoy all aspects of graphic communication, as well as sharing your ideas. You’ll have an aptitude for hard work, creative-thinking and will be comfortable working independently. You will have a passion for being experimental and learning through doing – in addition to having opinions and being able to express them.

60% coursework
40% externally-set assignment - a ten-week preparation period followed by a fifteen-hour timed element over three days.