Welcome to Graphic Communications

A level Graphic Communication is a highly creative and fascinating subject that allows you to explore areas such as illustration, design for print, advertising, packaging design, communication and computer graphics.

A level Graphic Communication students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of graphic communication media, processes and techniques.

They learn both traditional and new media and explore the use of drawing for different purposes.

In Year 12 students will be introduced to a variety of mark making techniques and media such as drawing, print making, painting, collage and computer-based applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Students will use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work which will lead to a finished graphic product/outcome. Throughout the course students must take inspiration from existing designers, artists and movements.

In Year 13 students will work write their own brief for their ‘Personal Investigation’ portfolio which makes up 60% of the course. They will use the skills and media techniques developed during Year 12. They will also sit a practical exam (15 hour studio session) where they must complete a finished outcome in response to a selection of tasks set from the exam board (AQA).

Equipment List:

  • Range of graphite pencils
  • Fine liners
  • Watercolour paint set
  • Small set of fine brushes
  • Pastels – oil & chalk
  • Glue Stick
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Spirit makers – range of colours

Year 12 curriculum map | Year 13 curriculum map