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Art and Design: Graphic Communication GCSE (Advanced Foundation Programme)

Entry Requirements:
Being enthusiastic and keen, to develop artistic skills with the view of moving up to the AS/A2 in the next year. A portfolio of work would also help to see what you have already produced either from school or private work.

Why Should You Take This Course?
This course will offer you the chance to develop creative skills to help you understand the principles of design, and how to develop your ideas creatively in a practical manner.


Course content
The course offers a range of disciplines that enable the student to explore traditional creative techniques with digital imagery and also to encourage them to respond in a creative and individual way to project briefs. You will see how photography and drawing can be combined creatively with typography to create visually stimulating final pieces of work i.e. Posters. The course will also show the importance of research and how to undertake not taking and referencing techniques with written research.

Unit One Coursework
This unit gives the student the chance to discover new techniques and develop ideas from experimenting with digital and traditional methods. Creative processes covered vary from drawing to printing techniques and the use of digital software for example Photoshop. The use of imagery combined with typography is also an important part of this unit which will be developed throughout the year. Written research in forms of notes and reflection of work will also be covered during this unit.

Unit Two Exam
This unit allows the students to extend skills into the practical exam which enables the student to develop ideas from a chosen theme. The exam has a duration of 10 hours under exam conditions. The student will have developed an idea over several weeks in lessons combining skills already used to produce final outcomes in the 10 hour exam.

Are there any special expenses?
Students are advised to bring basic art materials such as pencils, paint brushes and there may be printing costs.

What could I do next?
This course will enable you to progress on to the AS/A2 course and this will then give you further skills and knowledge that will help you to future academic or career plans.

How will I be assessed?
Unit One - Coursework 60% of final grade
Unit Two - Exam 40% of final grade
Both units combined to give final overall grade.


How to apply for this course

2017-2018 ENTRY: Apply for this course by completing an online form
2017-2018 ENTRY: Download an Application Form to fill in and post