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Graphic Communication

Level: A Level  
Exam Board: AQA  
Assessment:  100% coursework  
Entry requirements:  GCSE C grade or above  

In the art department at St Anne’s Academy we feel that our students should be given an opportunity to create a visual language which says something about the way they see and understand a world which is not always as it appears.

We are a committed and enthusiastic department. All lessons take place in purpose built specialist studios and workshops. We have facilities for painting, printmaking, digital imaging, graphics and textiles. The studios are alive with a diversity of ideas and methods of work and many students gravitate towards the art studios in their own time to continue their work in a supportive, highly creative and happy environment.

Course overview:

This course provides exciting opportunities to communicate and develop ways of expressing 2D ideas and feelings. Personal responses to design briefs, ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms are explored. Students will study practical and critical/contextual work in a variety of forms including painting & drawing, illustration and computer aided design (photoshop), typography and advertising & promotion.

What will you study?

2 Year course- A visual portfolio is produced over the 2 years. 

Component 1- 60% Personal Investigation (Foundation stage incorporating a variety of methods/techniques and themes focusing on a range of skills combined with creativity and experimentation plus a personal investigation project)

Component 2- 40% Externally set assignment from AQA with preparation time and a 15hr exam in 2nd year.

Higher Education Pathways:

BA (hons) Creative Design, Visual Arts, Textile Design, Surface design, Media or Film Studies


Body Artist, Stage Set Designer, Illustrator, Jeweller, Sign-writer, Model Maker , Architect, Artist, Arts Administrator, Manager Exhibition Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Teacher, Lecturer, Museum Curator, Landscape Architect, Multimedia Designer.

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