Course Level: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Specification link: Art - Graphic Communication

Entry requirements: Must have studied Art at key stage 3 with a keen interest

Course Description

In Component 1 and Component 2 learners are required to work in one or more area(s) of graphic communication, we will focus on some or all of the following: Communication graphics, design for print, advertising and branding, illustration, typography, multi-media and motion graphics.

Component 1 60% coursework 

Year 9 – Will be exloring the foundations of Graphic Communication techniques and processes through mini projects and workshops, building on relevant skills required, and exploring and using different media and materials. This will include digital and non digital materials and techniques. At the end fo the year they will complete a longer sustained project in more depth.

Year 10- Complete 3 mini projects which cover a range of techniques and processes, working with digital and non digital materials and approaches. Near the end of the year learners will start on their sustained project, which will be continued into year 11 until December.

DCL will be incorporated as thematic ideas for the projects. Each student must select and present a portfolio representative of their course of study. The portfolio must include both: 

1.     A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study. 

2.     A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student’s specific role in any group work undertaken. 

3.     Evidence of Drawing and annotation is compulsory evidence throughout the course delivery.

Component 2 40% exam:

AQA will provide a separate externally set assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title. 

The externally set assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point. 

This is from January to April/May

Course Profile

Career Pathways

GCSE Graphic Communication leads to A-Level Graphic Comunication, A-Level ART, Level 3 Cambridge Technical Digital Media, T-Levels, Apprenticeships and then onto foundation courses that specialise in specific art genres such as game design/ 3d design/ fine art/animation/photography/ graphic and illustration. 

Level 4 degree courses/Higher Apprenticeships. 


Job Opportunities

https://www.studentartguide.com/articles/art-careers-list


Further reading

Arts jobs and news

Making a mark - the importance of art, craft and design